|Miranda Richardson||Rose Arbuthnot|
|Joan Plowright||Mrs. Fisher|
|Alfred Molina||Mellersh Wilkins|
|Josie Lawrence||Lottie Wilkins|
|Polly Walker||Caroline Dester|
|Michael Kitchen||George Briggs|
|Jim Broadbent||Frederick Arbuthnot|
When married British women Rose Arbuthnot and Lottie Wilkins decide to take a break from their respective spouses, they stay at a castle in Italy for a quiet holiday. Joining the ladies is Caroline Dester, a young socialite, and Mrs. Fisher, an older aristocrat. Liberated from their daily routines, the four women ease into life in rural Italy, and each finds herself transformed by the experience.