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Movie Madness

Many famous movies have been filmed in Europe, and there are some people who theme vacations around visiting these famous sights! Visiting a location from one of your favorite films can be just as exciting as seeing a famous landmark or work of art. Some films have a way of almost making the city a character, while other locations are not so recognizable. With a little research, you can add one of these destinations into your itinerary on your next trip to Europe.

Movie Madness: Ultimate Fan Destinations

Did you know that several scenes from Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace were filmed in Italy? Queen Amidala’s palace on Naboo is actually the Palazzo Reale, in Caserta. This baroque palace was originally built in 1752, for King Charles III of Naples. It is open to the public and offers tours for all the Jedi historians and travelers alike. It’s easily accessible with a car rental in Naples.

The 1973 mystery Don’t Look Now uses Venice as a backdrop, which only adds to the eerie feeling throughout the movie. Head over to the gates of the Palazzo Grimani at Santa Maria Formosa to see where the thrilling finale of this movie was filmed.

Many of the scenes from the cult classic Withnail and I were filmed in Notting Hill (West London), England. The story of two eclectic main characters begins here, and many people come to these locations to pay homage to this underground hit, however many of the locations have changed. The cozy pub from the film, “The Mother Black Cap,” is now a fancy restaurant called Cresent House and unfortunately you won’t be able to order the “finest wines available to humanity” as the “Penrith Tea Room” in Stony Stratford is now a pharmacy. A car rental from downtown London will take you to all these sights.

Fans of the film Trainspotting often make their way to Glasgow, Scotland, where 30 of the 50 locations from the movie were filmed. Some fans even choose to jump on the train over to Corrour railway station in Lochaber in an attempt to climb Leum Uilleim Mountain, hopefully with more success than the films main characters.

Salzburg, Austria was where many of the real events from The Sound of Music took place, although much of it was filmed in Hollywood. There are however some Austrian locations that were used in the film, and there are tours available that will point out these locations, such as the Mirabell Gardens, where the Do-Re-Mi was sung.

Fans of the movie Run, Lola, Run find themselves in Berlin, recreating their favorite scenes, as the film was shot almost entirely there.

Many scenes from The Bourne Trilogy were filmed throughout various locations in Europe, including France, Italy, the Czech Republic, Greece, Germany and Russia.

Needless to say, Europe has provided for many more famous films. What’s your favorite movie with a European backdrop?

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7 Responses to Movie Madness

  1. John says:

    Italian director Dario Argento’s classic “Deep Red” (Profundo Rosso); filmed in several Italian cities (as were many of his films). Another of my favorites by this director, “Phenomena”, was predominantly shot in Switzerland. The Swiss countryside is amazing.

  2. zach says:

    If your going to visit the site’s from the film “Trainspotting” in Glasgow, make sure your stay away from Mother Superior’s haha, that place will offer your nothing good!

  3. Lorri says:

    A Room with a View is lovely!

  4. Lamano Del Pro says:

    The best movie filmed in Europe was National Lampoon’s European Vacation. A classic. Makes me wonder if American tourists are really that obvious.

  5. Kat says:

    Anyone who has not seen the film In Bruges which stars Brendan Gleeson, Colin Farrel and Ralph Fienes IT IS A MUST! Classic film, great story and beautiful scenery of the cute little village of Brugge in Belgium!

  6. Adrianne says:

    This summer’s Woody Allen, Vicky Christina Barcelona, convinced me, quite erroneously, that I might look good as a blonde. Nevertheless, I thought it was a fun yet profound film with a lot of great Spanish scenery.

  7. Adrianne says:

    This summer’s Woody Allen, Vicky Christina Barcelona, convinced me, quite erroneously, that I might look good as a blonde. Nevertheless, I thought it was a fun yet profound film with a lot of great Spanish scenery.

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