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Image of Trevi Fountain which starred in the iconic film La Dolce Vita
26 Apr

7 Iconic European Movie Locations to Visit

When you think of the movies, you may well think of Hollywood. But hundreds of movies are shot on location right here in Europe – even big Hollywood blockbusters. These are a few of the most iconic European movie locations to visit around Europe…

Skyfall – Glencoe, Scotland

The rolling moorlands of Glencoe, punctuated by deep green forests and jagged, grey-rock mountains, are among the most dramatic landscapes in Scotland. It’s hardly surprising that they’ve served as the backdrop for dozens of filming scenes. James Bond fans in particular will recognise Glencoe as the setting for Skyfall’s dramatic finale.

Sound of Music – Salzberg, Austria

No list of European movie locations is complete without a mention of the Sound of Music. Most of the film’s outdoor scenes were shot on location in Salzberg and the surrounding area. To recreate that iconic twirling dress scene, head to Mehlweg, a meadow just south of the city. The hills are alive…

La Dolce Vita – Trevi Fountain, Rome, Italy

Rome’s iconic Trevi Fountain has appeared in many movies, most famously La Dolce Vita. In one of early Hollywood’s most iconic scenes, starlet Anita Ekberg wades into the fountain for a smooch with Marcello Mastroianni. Just don’t try to recreate the scene, as entering the water is illegal these days!

Mamma Mia! – Skiathos and Skopelos, Greece

Ever since it appeared as the backdrop of popular movie musical Mamma Mia! in 2008, the Greek island of Skiathos has seen a huge boom in tourism. This is where you’ll find the picturesque port where the three potential fathers meet for the first time, as well as various tavernas and beaches spotted in the film. Over on Skopelos is the clifftop chapel where the wedding scenes were filmed.

Les Misérables – Gourdon, France

Although set entirely in France and based on a French book, most of Les Misérables was filmed in England. The only scene actually shot in France was filmed at the gorgeous hilltop town of Gourdon in Provence. This is the town in the mountains where Jean Valjean meets the bishop, has his epiphany, and sings his epic musical soliloquy. Watch out for the pan-out at the end of that song to see the town and surrounding mountains from on high!

Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Stockholm, Sweden

Both the 2009 Swedish version and the 2011 Hollywood remake of Girl with the Dragon Tattoo were filmed largely on location at various spots around Sweden. Stockholm is full of places that can be recognised as scenes from the movie, including Lisbeth Salander’s apartment. There are quite a few walking tours around the city to help you find the top spots.

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly – Desert of Tabernas and Almería, Spain

Interestingly, quite a few of cinema’s most famous “Spaghetti Westerns” actually weren’t filmed anywhere near the Wild West. Instead, they were shot in the Andalusian city of Almería and the nearby Desert of Tabernas. Two of Clint Eastwood’s best known movies, A Fistfull of Dollars and The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly were shot here. Fans of the latter can visit the iconic monastery at Cortijo del Fraile in Almería.

Wherever you travel to see an iconic movie location don’t forget to take out travel insurance to stay protected. If you are taking a road trip around Europe to enjoy some iconic film locations we also offer affordable European Breakdown Cover and Hire Car Excess Insurance.

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