-by Emmeline Brown
o you ever watch movies and realize the place it was filmed in looks too beautiful to exist? Have you ever wanted to visit the site that your favorite movie was filmed in? Well, believe it or not, it is possible. You can quite literally live in the places where your favorite parts of a movie were filmed, isn’t that what all film geeks’ dreams are made of? Listed below are some of the most famous movie sets around the world that have inspired their watchers to travel the world.
1. Lord of the Rings – Matamata, New Zealand
Peter Jackson, being a citizen of New Zealand, didn’t need to look far to find the location of Hobbiton when he was given the job to direct the movies. The beautiful hills of Matamata were chosen to house the hobbits and still look just as they used to in the movies.
2. Star Wars – Hotel Sidi Driss, Tunisia
Are you a big fan of the Skywalkers? Well, you can visit the childhood home of Luke Skywalker himself! The troglodyte homes of Matmata are dug into the landscape to prevent their inhabitant’s from the scorching heat of the desert, the whole place still giving an air of the planet Tatooine.
3. The Sound of Music – Salzburg, Austria
Most of us have grown up seeing Julie Andrews sing her heart out in The Sound of Music. You can recreate the scenes in Salzburg by singing your favorites while jumping down the iconic steps and dancing around the fountains.
4. Angels and Demons – Vatican City
Dan Brown’s famous novel Angels and Demons was brought to life in the world’s smallest country, Vatican City. Although the movie is a work of some remarkable film studios, it makes you want to visit the historical city yourself, especially if you’ve read the book that provides such intricate details of the beautiful sites in the city.
5. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade – Petra, Jordan
The third installment in the series takes us to the historical city of Petra in Jordan. The beautiful Greek-inspired architecture and sand stone carvings makes the place beautiful and worth a visit.
6. Gladiator – Morocco
Visit the site of the Oscar winning film, Gladiator, and take a step back in time while strolling around Ait Benhaddou, with its backdrop of a desert and red bricked buildings.
7. Mamma Mia – Greece
Apart from the numbers on the classic Abba tunes, the most uplifting things about this movie are turquoise waters and the labyrinth of narrow, cobbled streets and the small, white washed houses of Greece. Skopelos and Skiathos, two of the beautiful Sporades Islands, were where Mamma Mia was filmed.
8. Lost in Translation – Tokyo
Lost in Translation was filmed in Tokyo, some might say the location itself was the best part of the movie. Most of the scenes of this Oscar-nominated movie were shot in the two districts of Shinjuku and Shibuya. You can also try great sushi at Ichikan, and relive the scene where Bob and Charlotte enjoyed a Sushi dinner in the film.
AUTHOR’S NOTE: Emmeline Brown is a passionate travel blogger. She shares an uncanny love for food and travel and has been dreaming of exploring the world ever since she took a trip to the Grand Canyon with her parents when she was 13. You can read more of her work in her blogs written for a Dubai travel agency Travelex Travels & Tours.