2015 is almost here and after the hard year of work, where do you plan to spend your holiday bonus? Let the movies be your guide if you want to get away. Here are eight picturesque movie locations that are also wonderful vacation spots. Movie-lovers, travel enthusiasts and outdoor fanatics, these are some of the best options for travel around the New Year!
Rome is one of the birthplaces of world culture, resulting in ancient ruins, massive cathedrals and thousands of years of history and heritage. Many movies over the years have been filmed on location in Rome, including 1960’s LA DOLCE VITA, which related a series of stories following a week in the life of a philandering paparazzo journalist living in Rome. And ROMAN HOLIDAY (1953) where Audrey Hepburn’s bored and sheltered princess escapes her guardians and falls in love with American newsman Gregory Peck.
Mount Victoria, New Zealand
Breathtaking views and great walking tracks reward those who venture to the top of Mount Victoria and its stunning 360 degree view of Wellington City, the harbor and the Pacific Ocean. Mount Victoria provided a filming location for the first movie in the LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy, which was, of course, directed by Peter Jackson – himself a devoted Wellingtonian. On the slopes of the mountain, just minutes from the sophistication of modern Wellington, you can experience the same dens forests that terrified the hobbits.
Arezzo is a city and commune in Italy, capital of the province of the same name, located in Tuscany. Arezzo had a starring role in Roberto Benigni’s film 1997 film LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL. It is the place in which the main characters live before they are shipped off to a Nazi concentration camp.
Barcelona is the capital city of Spain’s autonomous Catalonia community and the country’s 2nd largest city. In Woody Allen’s film VICKY CHRISTINA BARCELONA (2008)Rebecca Hall and Scarlett Johansson become enamored with local painter Javier Bardem and his ex-wife Penelope Cruz during a summer holiday in Spain. The film features many of Barcelona’s best points of interest like Park Güell, Casa Milà and Palau de la Música Catalana.
New York City, NY, USA
NYC is the US’ largest city and one of the world’s most dynamic cities. It’s also been the location for hundreds of movies and TV shows. Woody Allen alone made 8 movies set in the Big Apple. From THE GODFATHER (1971) to WHEN HARRY MET SALLY (1988), New York’s best sites have been captured on film, like the famous scene in Katz’s Deli where Sally has “what she’s having.” Katz’s can be found in Manhattan’s Lower East Side and the table where Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal sat is marked with a sign. Other notable spots in New York include Washington Square Park, Greenwich Village and Central Park’s Tavern on the Green, which has been made famous in GHOSTBUSTERS (1984), EDWARD SCISSORHANDS (1990) and BEACHES (1988).
Point Fermin, CA, USA
Built in 1874, the Point Fermin Lighthouse was the first navigational light into California’s San Pedro Bay. It’s at the lighthouse that Jack Nicholson discovers what happened to the water in CHINATOWN (1974). Once in the area, you can check out Walker’s Café, still in business and virtually unchanged from the CHINATOWN days. And nearby is Angels Gate Park, the setting of a scene in CRASH (2004) where Matt Dillon rescues Thandie Newton.
Angel Falls, Venezuela
It is the world’s highest uninterrupted waterfall, with a height of 979 m. The waterfall has been known as “Angel Falls” since the mid-20th Century and was been named after Jimmie Angel, a US aviator, who was the first person to fly over them. Angel Falls also inspired the setting of the Disney animated film UP (2009) although, in the film, the location was called Paradise Falls. Next year, movie fans will get another view of Angel Falls in the new POINT BREAK as actors Luke Bracey and Edgar Ramirez soar off the falls in some amazing, never-before-seen stunts!