16/03/2016

Movie-inspired attractions in Southern Europe

Thanks to the magic of cinema, many places in Europe have become faraway planets or landscapes of other continents. These, as well as other easily recognizable scenery, have often become film sets for great productions, the names of these works of art remaining in the history of celluloid forever.


These landscapes, monuments or cities, endowed with exceptional beauty, are often a must-stop for the many cinema-lovers who want to enjoy an unforgettable experience. For this reason, Goldcar, the car rental Company, has selected a few of these spots to help travellers in planning their next trip.

Italy – From Rome of the Dolce Vita to the Palace of Caserta in Star Wars

The Trevi Fountain is a must-see in Rome and opposite it, dream of a scene in the style of Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg. Try throwing a coin, and already bathing is not allowed, who knows, perhaps you´ll find your soulmate when you least expect it.

Apart from Fellini, other Italian directors have wanted to pay tribute to the greatest, most ambitious and most famous of Baroque monumental fountains in Rome, the Trevi Fountain. Among these, are William Wyler with Roman holiday, starring the lovely Audrey Hepburn or The Great Beauty of Paolo Sorrentino, that won the Oscar for the best foreign language film.

Continuing southwards, in the town of Caserta, capital of the province with the same name, we find the magnificent royal palace, work of de Luigi Vanvitelli, commissioned by Charles VII of Naples. This palace, probably the largest building to be constructed in eighteenth-century Europe, was used to recreate Queen Amidala of Naboo´s Palace in the first Star Wars episode. Furthermore, its impressive architecture also captivated the location teams of Mission Impossible 3 and Angels and Demons.

France –Hitchcock and Woody Allen´s French Riviera

Thanks to the scene with Grace Kelly and Cary Grant driving a convertible through the Grande Corniche, between Nice and Monaco, today hosts of tourists want to enjoy driving along this road, at 500 metres above the coast, to contemplate the views and visit the picturesque medieval villages such as Eze or La Turbie. This road, that has hardly changed and allows stunning views to be enjoyed, enables us to live love scenes such as those of the mysterious John Robie and the young Frances in To Catch a Thief.

Nice was also the location chosen by Woody Allen for his film Magic in the Moonlight. For over two hours of film, spectators can enjoy French style spots that evoke the region´s belle époque. All thanks to the scenes in the Villa Eilenroc on Cap d’Antibes, the opera house, the Château du Rouët in Le Muy, or the astronomical observatory.

Spain – From Sorian landscapes in Doctor Zhivago to the Canaries in Wrath of the Titans

Spain is the most sought after European country by Hollywood and proof of that are the more than one hundred films shot in different parts of the country since, as Orson Welles said, “Spain is not a country but a continent”. Thanks to the diversity of its landscape, it has served to represent China, Greece, Russia, and even Africa.

The cold snowy winters of Soria brought John Box and the artistic team of Zhivago, who chose this province for most of the film´s outdoor scenes. Thanks to the magic of the seventh art, Candilichera and the countryside of Gómara became Varykino; Ólvega and the outskirts of Moncayo became the Urals; and the marsh in Cuerda del Pozo and the station of Cañuelo became Yuriatin. A route which by car is particularly pleasant and unforgettable if you are on holiday in Soria.

Since the 50s, a large number of productions have taken place on Spanish soil, and Spain still attracts many production companies. Over the last few years, several action films have been shot in the streets of Cadiz, Seville or Salamanca, revealing their most emblematic squares and corners and even making them end up in smithereens thanks to extraordinary special effects, in films such as Knight and Day with Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz, or in Vantage Point that recreated an explosion in Salamanca´s main square.

In 2010, the island scenery of Tenerife, such as the Teide National Park – declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO – gave life to warriors from Greek mythology in Wrath of the Titans. Apart from the Park, other film locations are also worth a visit, such as Icod de los Vinos, Buenavista del Norte, the pine forests of Chío or the township of Guía de Isora.

There are endless destinations to enjoy scenery and cities that remind us of films that captivated us on the big screen. For that reason, in its effort to share unforgettable moments, Goldcar believes in facilitating driving experiences that combine different key elements for travelling.

Spain:

goldcar@grayling.com

+34 91 522 10 08

France:

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