In this day in age, so much can be done using computer technology. Scenes can be created with green screens all within a film studio set, but nothing beats a real-life location. Some of these locations are so beautiful and breathtaking that audiences wish they could visit the place in person. Here is a list of a few of these locations.
Thailand – “The Beach”
“The Beach” sees a young Leonardo DiCaprio sneaking his way onto a secluded paradise island commune after finding a mysterious map. The movie was filmed on Maya Bay, which is on a tiny island in Thailand, called Koh Phi Phi Leh. After the movie was released, travelers flocked to Thailand to experience the piece of paradise for themselves. Unfortunately, it soon became too overrun with tourists. So much so, that they had to temporarily close the bay so the coral reefs could recover.
Italy – “The Godfather”
After seeing the cult film The Godfather, most people wanted more of Italy and its people. The bulk of the movie was shot in New York but they also filmed parts of the movie in Savoca which is a small coastal town in Sicily. Hardcore “The Godfather” fans can visit the Bar Vitelli, which is where Michael asks Señor Vitelli for his daughter’s hand in marriage. There are even “Godfather” tours where a guide takes you to all the film locations and typical Italian restaurants to enjoy authentic food. He also gives a lot of insight regarding the history of the Sicilian mafia.
London – “Harry Potter”
London was the perfect location for a movie about wizards and witches in training with its architectural beauty and old-world charm. Even though most of the scenes were filmed in the Warner Bros. Studio in Hertfordshire, there are some scenes filmed on locations around the city too. The most famous one is Platform 9¾, but there’s also the Leadenhall Market and St. Pancreas Renaissance Hotel.
Hawaii – “Jurassic Park”
This location was the ideal choice to film a movie about a remote island where cloned dinosaurs roam freely. The majority of the filming took place at the breathtaking Kualoa Ranch. Some filming also took place in other locations such as the Blue Hole, the Manawaiopuna Falls, the Olokele Valley, and the National Tropical Botanical Gardens. Thankfully you can explore these beautiful locations without velociraptors chasing or trying to bite you.
Hong Kong – “Batman: The Dark Knight”
Hong Kong has a dense urban jungle feel with its high skyscrapers. Its futuristic scenery has attracted many Hollywood directors and producers for years. Most of the movie was filmed in the US but the scene where Christian Bale leaps from the city’s second-tallest tower, the International Finance Center, thrilled audiences worldwide. You will also be able to experience the crowded streets and the local wet markets that are depicted in the film.
Italy – “Angels and Demons”
History buffs will love this movie because the film’s location is full of history. Filming took place in some of the world’s most famous sites, like the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, the Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, Castle St. Angelo, the Piazza Navona, and St. Peter’s Square.
Now all that’s left to do is pick your favorite one, grab your passport, and venture to some of these famous movie locations!