Movies That Inspire Travel

Has a movie ever inspired your next vacation? Check out our list of films that have moved us to places all over the world in search of our own picture-perfect paradise.

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Rooftop Movies -- Perth, Australia
Rooftop Movies -- Perth, Australia

Rooftop Movies -- Perth, Australia

Australia’s balmy nights just got cooler atop this rooftop oasis in Perth. You’ll have the Perth city skyline in the background while watching popular releases and cult classics. The scene at Rooftop Movies has a retro-Miami Beach feel complete with palm trees, astro turf, a series of vintage caravans from which food and drinks are served, beach chairs to lounge in and hundreds of pink flamingoes. 960 1280

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Millennium Park -- Chicago

Millennium Park -- Chicago

Chicago?s Millennium Park is already an impressive sight, even without its new state-of-the-art 40-by-23-foot LED movie screen. The park?s latest high-tech attraction draws both Chicagoans and tourists alike to spread a blanket out on the Great Lawn for its Summer Film Series. 960 1280

  

Mirage City Cinema -- UAE

Mirage City Cinema -- UAE

Past meets future at Mirage City Cinema, with ancient Sharjah architecture in the backdrop of a modern open-air movie projection. Floor carpets, which were traditionally used in Arab cultures for relaxing, are scattered throughout the courtyard, adding to the laid-back atmosphere of the outdoor cinema space. 960 1280

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Cine Thisio -- Athens

Cine Thisio -- Athens

It has to be a surreal experience to have ancient Greek ruins in the background as you watch a summer blockbuster. Built in 1935, Cine Thisio is the oldest outdoor movie theater in Athens, with impressive views of the Acropolis and the Parthenon just beyond. 960 1280

Basil Koutroumani  

Little Italy Film Festival -- Baltimore

Little Italy Film Festival -- Baltimore

After a meal in Baltimore's Little Italy, stay for " Cinema al Fresco ," one of Little Italy's most popular events, now in its 16th year. Movies are projected on the outside wall of Ciao Bella Restaurant, and you’ll see all the Italian-themed classics from Moonstruck to Cinema Paradiso. 960 1280

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Movies at the Mural -- Seattle

Movies at the Mural -- Seattle

Watch movies by moonlight with the Space Needle and the starry skies as the backdrop to Seattle’s summer Movies at the Mural. Picnic on the Mural Amphitheatre lawn, in front of a giant, state-of-the-art, 45-foot screen. 960 1280

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Open Air Cinema -- Bondi Beach, Australia

Open Air Cinema -- Bondi Beach, Australia

It’s no surprise that beach-loving Australians watch movies on the beach, too. Watch a film at Open Air Cinema amid views of Australia's most famous beach, Bondi Beach. Before the show begins, grab some gourmet food and drinks from a festival bar and listen to local musicians, then settle in for a full night of beachside entertainment. 960 1280

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Kamari Cinema -- Santorini, Greece

Kamari Cinema -- Santorini, Greece

As in ancient times, the open-air theaters of Greece are still a part of the country’s cultural life -- and a popular way to spend a summer night. Enjoy a big fat Greek movie (at least one with Greek subtitles, anyway) at the outdoor Kamari Cinema on the Greek island of Santorini. 960 1280

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Boulder Outdoor Cinema -- Boulder, CO

Boulder Outdoor Cinema -- Boulder, CO

Boulder's Outdoor Cinema is a popular summer night tradition for many outdoors lovers. While waiting for the sun to set and the movie to begin, enjoy local musicians and a trivia contest.  960 1280

Michael Totays  

St. George OpenAir Cinema -- Sydney

St. George OpenAir Cinema -- Sydney

Located at Mrs. Macquarie’s Point, St. George OpenAir Cinema offers stunning views of Sydney Harbour.  The movie screen literally rises out of Sydney Harbour. No need to pack a blanket and a picnic basket; this cinema has stadium seating and its own bars and restaurants. 960 1280

Sarah Rhodes  

Outdoor Cinema at Parc de la Villette -- Paris

Outdoor Cinema at Parc de la Villette -- Paris

How can a summer night in Paris get any more romantic? Perhaps by watching a French film on a blanket at the Parc de la Villette with a Parisian picnic of cheese, baguette and wine. 960 1280

A. Legrai  

Montjuic Castle/ SalaMontjuïc -- Barcelona

Montjuic Castle/ SalaMontjuïc -- Barcelona

Every summer Barcelona’s locals gather at the moat area at Montjuic Castle to watch classic and current movies. It wouldn’t be a Spanish night without a little music, so enjoy live music like bossa nova and flamenco before the movie starts.  960 1280

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Film on the Rocks -- Denver

Film on the Rocks -- Denver

Watching a film at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre is sure to be unforgettable -- this is the only naturally occurring, acoustically perfect amphitheatre in the world. Thanks to Mother Nature, the design of the amphitheatre consists of two 300-foot monoliths -- a dramatic backdrop for movie night. 960 1280

Paul Maynard  

Film Night in the Park -- San Francisco

Film Night in the Park -- San Francisco

Film buffs gather in beautiful Bay Area parks like Dolores Park for Film Night in the Park. This year's 23st season offers crowd favorites from Up to Silver Linings Playbook. 960 1280

  

Screen on the Green -- Washington, DC

Screen on the Green -- Washington, DC

The tourists might take over the National Mall in the summer, but Washingtonians take it back for the summer movie series Screen on the Green. Each event in the series attracts approximately 15,000 Washingtonians (tourist are allowed, too). Arrive early with blankets to picnic on the Mall and enjoy one of DC’s most popular summer nights out. 960 1280

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Film4 Summer Screen -- London

Film4 Summer Screen -- London

London's Somerset House, a spectacular neoclassical building in the heart of London near the River Thames, offers a dramatic backdrop to watch a movie under the summer night stars. Tourists and locals alike rank Film4 Summer Screen as one of the city's best things to do in the summer.   960 1280

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Henry River Mill Village

Henry River Mill Village

Look familiar? The house on the left served as Katniss Everdeen’s family shack in The Hunger Games. Journey 70 miles northwest of Charlotte, NC, to see it in an abandoned textile village (Henry River Mill Village), in the town of Hildebran. 960 1280

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Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway

Follow this path: Craggy Gardens, on the Blue Ridge Parkway, leads you to Craggy Pinnacle -- a nearly 6,000-foot elevation from which you can see North Fork Reservoir, where The Hunger Games’ Cornucopia scenes were filmed. 960 1280

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Asheville's Hotel Indigo

Asheville's Hotel Indigo

During filming, Hunger Games’ actors Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth stayed in condos atop this chic boutique hotel. 960 1280

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Bridal Veil Falls

Bridal Veil Falls

During the film’s flame fight, Katniss races toward a pool of water -- in real life, it’s at the bottom of Bridal Veil Falls at DuPont State Recreational Forest. 960 1280

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Nantahala Outdoor Center

Nantahala Outdoor Center

Hone your survival skills at Nantahala Outdoor Center, near the Great Smoky Mountains. Go whitewater rafting on the Nantahala River -- first, with a practice run along 8 miles of easy Class 2 rapids, then a Class 3 whitewater run toward Nantahala Falls. 960 1280

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Navitat Canopy Adventures

Navitat Canopy Adventures

In tribute to Rue -- District 11’s competitor -- soar above the treetops near Pisgah National Forest. The Hunger Games’ Josh Hutchinson and then-girlfriend Vanessa Hudgens zip-lined in the area during some downtime. 960 1280

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Asheville’s Troy & Sons

Asheville’s Troy & Sons

And when you’ve conquered North Carolina’s rivers and treetops, try some moonshine -- legal, of course -- from Asheville’s Troy & Sons, made just the way Haymitch would have liked it. 960 1280

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US National Whitewater Center

US National Whitewater Center

When he wasn’t training Jennifer Lawrence’s character to kill or be killed, Woody Harrelson (Haymitch Abernathy) visited the US National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, NC. Woody climbed the outdoor recreation center’s 46-foot rock wall. 960 1280

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Amelies French Bakery

Amelies French Bakery

During filming, Woody Harrelson also dropped by this 24-hour café -- in Charlotte’s NoDa (North of Davidson Street) neighborhood -- to play chess with the regulars. Here’s a look at the café’s signature style: handmade light fixtures. 960 1280

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Knight Theater in Charlotte

Knight Theater in Charlotte

The Knight Theater was where creepy Caesar Flickerman (Stanley Tucci) interviews each Tribute. Head to the 1,191-seat performing arts venue in Charlotte, NC, for concerts, theater … and a look at where Caesar talks “lamb stew” with Katniss. 960 1280

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Shelby, North Carolina

Shelby, North Carolina

Much of film's Reaping and Hob scenes took place in private warehouses like this, in Shelby, NC. Soak up the local atmosphere at shops and restaurants at the intersection of Lafayette and Marion streets. 960 1280

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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Iceland
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Iceland

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Iceland

Ben Stiller directs this film adaption of the short story The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, and stars as the hapless dreamer Mitty, who finally takes an adventure outside of his wild imagination. And what an adventure it is -- from jumping out of a helicopter off the coast of Greenland to skateboarding down Iceland’s Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Iceland is taking advantage of the film’s inspiring scenes and is offering Walter Mitty Tours of film locations, skateboards not included. 960 1280

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The Great Gatsby, Long Island, NY

The Great Gatsby, Long Island, NY

This much-buzzed-about Baz Luhrmann film adaptation of literary classic The Great Gatsby spurred a huge interest this year in Long Island’s Gold Coast, where Gatsby lived in his lavish West Egg mansion. Everyone went gaga for Gatsby this year, including New York’s iconic Plaza Hotel, which invited guests to travel “ceaselessly back into the past” of the opulent Jazz era with their new Gatsby-inspired Fitzgerald Suite. 960 1280

Vince Kish  

Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Hawaii

Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Hawaii

The second installment in the Hunger Games trilogy, Hunger Games: Catching Fire , is doing just that in tourism. Fans are following Katniss’ footsteps traveling to filming locations on Oahu’s North Shore in Hawaii. The dense jungles and natural beaches there were the backdrop for 75th Hunger Games battle-to-the-death. And Kawela Bay, minutes from Turtle Bay resort (where cast stayed during filming), served as the saltwater lake Quell arena in the film. 960 1280

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Big Sur, Big Sur

Big Sur, Big Sur

Based on a Jack Kerouac novel, Sundance film Big Sur portrays the rugged and evocative beauty of California’s Central Coast. You can’t watch the film and not imagine hopping in your car to take a road trip down winding Pacific coast highways, complete with the sun on your face and the wind whipping through your hair. Donning a pair of Beat-inspired dark shades wouldn’t hurt, either. 960 1280

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Gravity, Space Travel

Gravity, Space Travel

After watching Sandra Bullock adrift in space in Gravity, the idea of space travel becomes even more intriguing. Luckily, for those that have the budget, Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic is set to make its inaugural flight to space in 2014. For a mere $250,000, you can finally realize your dream of being an astronaut and travel to the final frontier. 960 1280

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Lee Daniels' The Butler, Washington, DC

Lee Daniels' The Butler, Washington, DC

Lee Daniels’ The Butler depicts the Civil Rights movement from a unique perspective – the White House butler. The man who inspired the film, Eugene Allen, worked in the White House for more than 30 years. Take a detour off the Mall, and celebrate more African American history on a tour of the U Street neighborhood, DC’s cultural center for the African American community from the Civil Rights movement to today. 960 1280

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Inside Llewyn Davis, NYC

Inside Llewyn Davis, NYC

Film and music lovers can’t get enough of Inside Llewyn Davis, the Coen Brothers film that follows the 1960s folk scene in New York’s Greenwich Village. Take the “Greenwich Village Rock Tour” to walk the streets and visit the bars that your favorite musicians, like Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix, once did. Warning: desire to break out in song likely. 960 1280

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Before Midnight, Greece

Before Midnight, Greece

Greece isn’t a hard sell when it comes to travel. We are reminded of why this Mediterranean paradise is such a hot spot in Before Midnight, the “threequel" to Before Sunrise and Before Sunset. The filming location of Messenia in the southwest Peloponnese Peninsula has been off the radar for tourists. Until this film came out, of course. Sorry, Santorini and Mykonos, we have fallen in love again. 960 1280

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Adore, Australia

Adore, Australia

Adore, an Australian film about 2 old friends falling in love with each other’s son is a provocative tale. And the beaches where it was filmed are just as shocking … in how stunningly beautiful they are. Seal Rocks in New South Wales was the setting for the small town coastal paradise where the son swapping takes place, but the film had us lusting after any beach Down Under. 960 1280

Photographer: Mikulas Jaros  

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, South Africa

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, South Africa

The passing of Nelson Mandela and the release of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, a biopic about Mandela’s struggle to free South Africa, brings even more interest to the places that played an important role in his life. Just off Cape Town, Robben Island, the prison where Mandela was incarnated for almost 2 decades, offers tours to “honor a legacy of forgiveness.” Visiting the tiny cell where the civil rights leader spent so much of his life is sure to be both a powerful and unforgettable experience. 960 1280

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Anthony Bourdain visits Sardinia, his wife's homeland, and enjoys a meal after a long day of shooting. 960 1280

  

The Ghost Adventures team braved daylight to shoot each other on a water taxi in Venice. 960 1280

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After a day of cycling up the Monte Grappa in Italy's Veneto region, Dhani Jones learns how to cut homemade pasta. 960 1280

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Sam Brown finds herself on a quiet street in Tuscany. 960 1280

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Maybe yoga aids in digesting bizarre foods. Andrew Zimmern gives it a try at the Calengute Ayurveda Center in Goa, India. 960 1280

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After feasting on vegetarian cuisine, Anthony Bourdain rests on a houseboat in Kerala, India. 960 1280

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An Indian woman walks in the stunning Red Fort in Delhi. 960 1280

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Andrew wears traditional dress at the cremation of a high priestess in Ubud, Bali. 960 1280

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Sam Brown falls in love with Bali's lush landscapes and gracious people. 960 1280

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The most popular tourist destination in Indonesia, Bali is often referred to as "The Island of the Gods." 960 1280

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The French Riviera

The French Riviera

The French Riviera is the setting for the annual Cannes Film Festival that brings Hollywood heavies to the picturesque waterfront town each year in May. 960 1280
Cannes Film Festival

Cannes Film Festival

A broad view of Cannes prior to the annual film festival in France. 960 1280

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66th Annual Cannes Film Fest

66th Annual Cannes Film Fest

A poster of legendary actors (and real-life duo) Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward is unveiled in advance of the 66th Cannes Film Festival in May 2013. 960 1280

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Cannes' Picture-Perfect Beaches

Cannes' Picture-Perfect Beaches

Located in France's Côte D'Azur (French Riviera), the annual Cannes International Film Festival draws Hollywood's elite and in the summer months the same beautiful crowd comes to enjoy the town's picture-perfect beaches and chic resorts. 960 1280

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Venice Film Festival

Venice Film Festival

When not taking in the stars and films, visitors to the Venice Film Festival can navigate the canals courtesy of a gondola ride and take a stroll over the Rialto Bridge. 960 1280

Eric Delmar  

Sundance Film Festival

Sundance Film Festival

The Sundance Film Festival is a 10-day event held every January in Park City, UT, showcasing independent movies from all over the world. Named for Robert Redford's character in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, the festival has seen Redford play an integral part in building the festival's status over the years. 960 1280

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Park City's Main Street

Park City's Main Street

Snowy Main Street is a hub of activity during the annual Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT. 960 1280

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Berlin International Film Festival

Berlin International Film Festival

The crowd buzzes at the Berlinale-Palast for the opening night of the Berlin International Film Festival. 960 1280

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Hong Kong International Film Festival

Hong Kong International Film Festival

Workers erect the largest outdoor airscreen, which is 39 feet high and 79 feet wide in Asia at the Tamar site during the Hong Kong International Film Festival. 960 1280

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Tribeca Film Festival

Tribeca Film Festival

Tribeca, one of downtown Manhattan's hippest neighborhoods, hosts the annual Tribeca Film Festival each year in the spring. 960 1280

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Tribeca Talks: Directors Series

Tribeca Talks: Directors Series

Film lovers line up to hear actor-director Clint Eastwood and Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky at the Tribeca Talks: Directors Series at the April 2013 festival in NYC. 960 1280

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Toronto International Film Festival

Toronto International Film Festival

Actors, filmmakers and other industry insiders head to Toronto each fall for the Toronto International Film Festival. 960 1280

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Toronto's Roy Thomson Hall

Toronto's Roy Thomson Hall

Workers prepare the red carpet area at Roy Thomson Hall for the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto. 960 1280

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Lars Homestead, Tatooine (aka: Chott el Djerid, Tunisia)

Lars Homestead, Tatooine (aka: Chott el Djerid, Tunisia)

The iconic exterior of Luke Skywalker’s home (aka: the Lars Homestead) from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope was filmed in the desert of Chott el Djerid, Tunisia. George Lucas returned to this location to film new scenes for Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, 28 years later. 960 1280

By Stefan Krasowski (Flickr: Algeria Tunisia Libya 042)  

Lars Homestead, Tatooine (aka: Mamata, Tunisia)

Lars Homestead, Tatooine (aka: Mamata, Tunisia)

Matmata in southern Tunisia is home to a distinctive style of underground dwellings called troglodytes.  One of these structures, The Hotel Sidi Driss, which was used as the interior for the home of Luke Skywalker on the planet Tatooine in Episode IV.   960 1280

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Various Locations on Tatooine (aka: Death Valley National Park, CA)

Various Locations on Tatooine (aka: Death Valley National Park, CA)

To add some depth to Tatooine, George Lucas shot several different scenes in Death Valley National Park, including R2D2’s run-in with the Jawas in Episode IV and exteriors of Jabba’s Palace in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. The majority of locations can be found off of Route 190 through the California section of the park. 960 1280

Twenty Mule Team Canyon by RoadTripWarrior - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikipedia.  

Hoth (aka: Hardangerjokulen, Norway)

Hoth (aka: Hardangerjokulen, Norway)

Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back used this spectacular glacier to portray the ice planet Hoth. The 6th largest glacier in Norway, its highest point can sometimes only be accessed by skiers due to heavy snowfall. 960 1280

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Endor (aka: Redwood National and State Parsk, CA)

Endor (aka: Redwood National and State Parsk, CA)

Used to portray the evergreen planet of Endor (home of the Ewoks) in Episode VI, the Redwood National and State Parks have become synonymous with epic speeder-bike chases for Star Wars fans everywhere. With over 133,000 acres to explore, its easy to get lost on your own interstellar-inspired journey. 960 1280

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Naboo Royal Palace (aka: Royal Palace of Caserta in Caserta, Italy)

Naboo Royal Palace (aka: Royal Palace of Caserta in Caserta, Italy)

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Royal Palace of Caserta served as the filming location for Queen Amidala’s royal palace on Naboo in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, as well as Queen Jamilia’s palace in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. Built in the 18th century in the beautiful style of the Baroque, it has affectionately become known as the Versailles of Italy. 960 1280

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Theed, Naboo (aka: Plaza de Espana in Seville, Spain)

Theed, Naboo (aka: Plaza de Espana in Seville, Spain)

The Plaza de Espana in Seville, Spain was used as the backdrop for Theed, the capital of Naboo (and home of Luke and Leia’s mother, Padmé Amidala). Featured prominently in both Episode I and Episode II, the plaza was built in 1928 and heavily influenced by the Renaissance Revival style of Spanish Architecture, bringing an ancient and elegant feel to Theed. 960 1280

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Unspecified Location in Naboo (aka: Villa del Balbianello at Lake Como, Italy)

Unspecified Location in Naboo (aka: Villa del Balbianello at Lake Como, Italy)

The site of Padmé Amidala and Anakin Skywalker’s clandestine wedding in Episode II, Villa del Balbianello is located on Lake Como in the comune of Lenno, Italy. Lake Como has always been an admired retreat for the wealthy and elite, with ornate villas dating back since Roman times.  960 1280

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Mountains of Alderaan (aka: Grindelwald, Switzerland)

Mountains of Alderaan (aka: Grindelwald, Switzerland)

While no physical filming with actors was done in the snowy alps of Grindelwald, Switzerland, footage of mountain scenery was later composited into the backdrop of the planet Alderaan, home-world of Princess Leia, in Episode III. 960 1280

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Mountains of Kashyyyk (aka: Phang Nha Bay near Phuket, Thailand)

Mountains of Kashyyyk (aka: Phang Nha Bay near Phuket, Thailand)

Aerial footage of the limestone karst mountains at Phang Nga Bay in Thailand were used in Episode III as a backdrop for the approach over the Battle of Kashyyyk, one of the last few battles fought in the Clone Wars before the fall of the Republic and the rise of the Empire. 960 1280

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Unknown Star Wars Location

Unknown Star Wars Location

The plot of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens has been kept tightly under wraps but there have been confirmed reports of new locations used for filming, including Skelling Michael in Ireland (pictured), the desert of the UAE emirate of Abu Dhabi, Scotland and Iceland. Add these new locations to your Star Wars travel itinerary as they will surely be as memorable as the last! 960 1280

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