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Date posted: 12.03.2023

The Oscars take place in Los Angeles this weekend, and what better way to celebrate than by exploring some of the most iconic film locations around the world?

stars on hollywood boulevard

From bustling cities to serene beaches, these destinations have played starring roles in some of the most memorable films of all time.

But before we set off on our silver screen journey, let’s talk about the importance of ATOL protection for your flight-based package holiday.

Being financially protected by the scheme ensures that if your travel company goes out of business, you’ll be able to get a refund or return home if you’re abroad.

Make sure you look for the ATOL logo when booking your next holiday and we also recommend taking out travel insurance and paying by credit card which may offer extra levels of protection.

Now, let’s take a look at some of the most filmed locations around the world:

Hollywood and Los Angeles

Hollywood is synonymous with big stars and movie glamour. Many of the biggest film studios have been based in or around Tinseltown since the motion-picture industry started to bloom in the early 20th century.

Hollywood itself offers the famous Walk of Fame with its stars highlighting some of the industry’s biggest names, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and of course, the Universal Studios theme park.

Visitors can experience exhilarating rides and real-life interpretations of iconic movies, such as a replica Hogsmeade village for Harry Potter fans.

hollywood sign on a sunny day

New York City

New York City has been the backdrop for countless movies, from classics like “Taxi Driver” and “The Godfather” to modern blockbusters like “Spider-Man” and “The Avengers.”

Did we mention ‘Home Alone 2?’ Walk in the footsteps of your favourite movie characters by visiting iconic and instantly recognisable locations such as the Empire State Building, Central Park, Times Square, the Rockefeller Centre and the Statue of Liberty.

New York, Manhattan Skyline

Tokyo, Japan

Japan’s bustling capital has been the setting for numerous classic films, including Sofia Coppola’s “Lost in Translation” and Akira Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai.”

Take a stroll through the neon-lit streets of Shinjuku or visit the serene Meiji Shrine for a taste of Tokyo’s contrasting cultures.

tokyo at night with people walking down street

Petra, Jordan

This ancient city carved into rose-coloured rock is best known for its starring role in “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.”

The city is believed to date back as far as the 4th century BC and is now a major tourist attraction. Explore the impressive ruins and marvel at the intricate architecture that has stood the test of time.

Matamata, New Zealand

Fans of “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” will instantly recognize the beautiful scenery of Matamata as the home of Hobbiton.

Located about 150km south of Auckland, fans can take a tour of the picturesque set and immerse themselves in the magical world of Middle-earth. Don’t forget to get a selfie in front of one of the Hobbit Holes.

Matamata, New Zealand

Amalfi Coast, Italy

This stunning coastline in southern Italy has been the backdrop for numerous films, including “The Talented Mr. Ripley” and “Under the Tuscan Sun.”

The natural beauty and picturesque landscapes of the Amalfi Coast have made it one of the most popular Italian destinations for tourists, earning it the nickname of “Divine Coast”.

Visit the charming towns of Positano and Ravello for breath-taking views and, of course, delicious Italian cuisine.

Amalfi Coast, Italy on a clear day

So that’s a wrap – a whistle-stop tour of some of the most iconic film locations around the world. Remember to always book with an ATOL-protected travel company to ensure your package trip is covered in the event of any unforeseen plot twists.

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