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Seven Decades of Iconic Film Locations
Around the World

Where to find
some of the most famous filming locations in the world

In films and TV, green screens and computer technology have now erased the need to leave a film studio. But, nothing quite beats the wonder that film fans feel when they watch a film which has been set in an incredible location, whether it is a bustling city, surreal site of history or a beautiful landscape. In a lot of cases, when a place is chosen as a filming location, this brings in a lot of tourists, with some travelling thousands of miles to just stand in the same place where a movie was filmed, or eat in the same cafe as their favourite film stars.

Platform 9 3/4 illustration from Harry Potter movies

Some of the most famous filming locations in the world don't even exist (other than on films),
such as platform 93 from the Harry Potter movies, based on King's Cross Station in London.

From desert villages to Caribbean islands, if you are one of those film buffs who get travel inspiration from the big screen then it’s time to get your passport ready and add some of these iconic film locations to your bucket list.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade - Petra, Jordan

It has been almost 20 years since this Indian Jones film was released, yet it always makes the list of iconic film locations. This film uses a whole host of iconic shooting locations, including the Grand Canals in Venice, yet the scene where Indiana Jones rides on horseback through a canyon to the Treasury at Petra is one of the best known.

Petra in Jordan from Indiana Jones movie

Petra is famous archeological site in Jordanian desert (nicknamed "Rose City"
for its stone colour), is made famous by Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade movie.

The Godfather, Italy

One of the biggest and best cult films, "The Godfather" is a great saga of the succession of a mafia family. Whilst a large majority of the film was set in New York, the producers also made the decision to film in Sicily as well, focusing on the small town of Savoca. Die-hard Godfather fans often make the journey to Savoca to visit locations in the movie, including Bar Vitelli, the church where Apollonia and Michael get married and the Piazza Fossia.

A cafe in Taormina, Sicily

The region of Sicily is made famous by many movies, including especially The Godfather films -this is Trattoria Siciliana cafe in the town of Taormina, in Sicily. (Image: Kirk Fisher, Pixabay)

Harry Potter, London

As one of the biggest film franchises of all time, no list of iconic film locations would be complete without the mention of Harry Potter. London is full of charm and architecturally beautiful, making it the perfect setting for a film series about wizards and witches. Although a large proportion of the film series was filmed at the Warner Bros. Studios in Hertfordshire (which you can visit and take a tour of), it’s easy to find some of the iconic filming locations dotted all over the city, from Platform 9 3 at King’s Cross Station to Leadenhall Market.

Letter addressed to Harry Potter

The city of London has been a host to countless films, but it's the Harry Potter film saga
that made it truly famous, even if most locations were fictional in the film.

Midnight In Paris, France

One of Woody Allen’s cult films, "Midnight In Paris" was filmed almost entirely on location in and around the city of Paris. Although the film features some of the city’s most famous sights and sounds, there are many movie fans who have sought to find the exact location of the stone steps where Owen Wilson sits and waits for his ride back to the 1920s. There is also the gardens, markets and cobbled streets which make the city, and the film, such a charming place.

The Eiffel Tower lights at dawn

Paris is another of the most famous European filming locations, where countless movies
were filmed, many of which include the famous Eiffel Tower. (Image: skeeze by Pixabay)

Batman: The Dark Knight, Hong Kong

The dense urban jungle and skyscrapers of Hong Kong have long been an attraction for location scouts and producers who have been charmed by the city’s old-world yet futuristic scenery. Whilst a lot of the movie was filmed in the US, Hong Kong set the scene for one of the film’s biggest scenes, where Christian Bale jumps from the International Finance Center, which is the second tallest tower in the city. The iconic Victoria Harbor and the busy central streets worked as a great backdrop for the movie. If you visit Hong Kong, then you can even stay in one of the hotels which were featured in the film - the Peninsula Hotel - which is one of the most loved and famous buildings in Kowloon.

City of Hong Kong high rise buildings

The city of Hong Kong has provided colourful backgrounds for many a film,
with its mix of iconic tall buildings and odd-world scenery.

With Brexit soon set to take hold of the UK, if you are planning on visiting one or more of these destinations then you may need to provide more information when making your travel plans, particularly if you are hoping to visit lesser known countries. If you need more information regarding your travels, be sure to ask your travel agent for advice, speak with the country’s government visa team or contact a specialist immigration lawyers.

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