Welcome to the final part of our film trilogy, where we highlight holiday locations that have featured in some of the most iconic films of our generation….
The English Patient (1996) – Tuscany, Italy
The Basilica San Francesco, setting of one of the most romantic scenes ever filmed, is still standing and available for tourists to truly appreciate its wondrous painted ceiling. Truly a sight that words cannot do justice for. The harness is unfortunately probably less available but the true beauty of the Umbria and Tuscany regions will help appease that. As the birthplace of the renaissance, Tuscany has a wealth of fantastic cultural pursuits and rich artistic heritage. With cathedrals, galleries, museums and more each telling their own tales of history, there will be no shortage of pleasures to be found. And if all that is not enough, being one of the world’s foremost and renowned producers of wine, Tuscany will afford visitors the authentic taste of Italy.
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012) – Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
One of the surprise worldwide hits of 2012, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel built upon the previous success of filming and a production in India that Slumdog Millionaire had begun three years prior. Ancient locations such as Amer Fort, Kanota Fort and the City Palace were chosen for filming, helping to really fulfil the eponymous “exotic” description. The stunning architecture combined with the hustle and bustle of the Marigold Market paint a truly authentic picture and compliment the sincerity of the characters involved too. The actual hotel itself is available to see in all its quirky urban charm, only an hour away in the small village of Khempur. Mixing contemporary Indian culture with these historical sites offers a truly fascinating and unique experience.
Dr. No (1962) – Ocho Rios, Jamaica
An absolute must for any Bond fan, is a visit to Ocho Rios, where one of the entire series’ most iconic scenes – Ursula Andress as Honey Ryder emerging from the water – was filmed. Immediately nearby is GoldenEye – the original villa built from the ground by Bond author Ian Fleming himself and used as his creative hub when writing the novels. It is actually now available to stay in as a luxury resort itself. However even the more casual Bond fans can find reasons to make the visit to Ocho Rios. It is home to some of the finest beaches ever seen, an amazing array of nightlife in Margaritaville and the world-renowned Dolphin Cove, where tourists can interact and swim with Dolphins. There is never a shortage of indulgences to engage with. Like 007 himself, you’ll be left shaken, and stirred!
Casablanca (1942) – Casablanca, Morocco
Okay, so this one is kind of cheating, as the entire film was shot in a studio. However, a film as memorable, quotable and well-produced as Casablanca is deserves mention. The location itself has come a long way since 1942, but that has done nothing to take away from its natural and constructed beauty. Much influence comes from its long historical connection with France, showing particularly in its architecture. The city is also still a popular destination for many European and African migrants seeking their version of ‘the American dream’. Unfortunately there is no “Rick’s Café Américain” in reality, a wealth of both classic and contemporary endeavours are available for tourists to discover. Here’s looking at you kids.