Top 6 Destinations Around The World For Your Inner Jedi
The Force Awakens yet again with the latest resurrection (installment) of the Star Wars series. Star Wars is probably, if not, the biggest movie series to hit our modern culture. The young Jedis of the 80's have all grown up. Will they be ready to take their fandom for the movie to the next level? Are you?
If you are, we would definitely suggest visiting these destinations where the filmed scenes from the movies. May the "Force" be with you
Used to film Episode IV: A New Hope (1977), Tunisia was the location featured in the first of the Star Wars movies to be released. Director George Lucas used Tunisia's landscape as the location for Tatooine, home to both Anakin and Luke Skywalker.
Image: Hotel Sidi Driss
Hotel Sidi Driss, Matmata, Tunisia, is well known as the set for young Luke Skywalker's home. There are many other things to do Tunisia, such as visiting the Bardo Museum in Tunis, which showcases the vibrant life of ancient North Africa. There are also great places to stay, like the The Résidence Tunis.
Unfortunately, it's not safe to travel to many area of Tunisia at this time. Maybe one day soon, when things settle down, you will be able to visit Tatooine. It had to make the list, however, as young Skywalker's home!
2. Naples, Italy
The beautiful city of Naples makes it onto the list! The interior of Queen Amidala's Palace on Naboo was shot at the Royal Palace of Caserta (located at Via Douhet, 22, 81100, Caserta, Italy) - in Episode I: The Phantom Menace (2001).
The location itself rivals that of the Palace of Versailles in France, and lends its magnificent decor to not only Star Wars, but also to Mission Impossible: III and Angels & Demons. It used to be a royal residence of the Bourbon Kings of Naples (the house of Bourbon is a royal house of French origin). And it's a UNESCO Heritage site.
There are many things to do in Naples for those who are looking to make the trip. Visit museums such as Museo Cappella Sansevero and see the beautiful art or Palazzo Reale Napoli (Royal Palace of Napoli) and it's awe inspiring architecture.
Naples is also a foodie's paradise. It is the birth place of pizza! L'Antica Pizzeria da Michele (located at Via Cesare Sersale 1/3, 80139 Naples) has some great reviews from their customers on TripAdvisor.com
3. Redwood National and State Parks
You remember that chase scene through the forest in Episode VI : The Return Of The Jedi? We all remember the forest moon of Endor, with the Ewoks. It was filmed in Redwood National Forest in California.
The park will make a great visit, especially for fans that love the outdoors. The Redwoods are known as the home the world's tallest trees. With the tallest named "Hyperion", a coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens), standing at 115.61 meters tall.
As for the rest of California, you won't be short on things to do. Whether you end up in San Francisco, San Jose or Los Angeles, you will always be able to find good food, great shopping, and possibly even other Star Wars fans.
4. Seville, Spain
You might recognise the Plaza de Espana in Seville as the Royal Palace on Naboo from Episode I: The Phantom Menace and Episode II: Attack of The Clones.
Seville is a great city to visit; the warmth of the Andalusian sun only accentuates the great architecture. For the foodies out there, Seville has many Tapas Bars, such as El Rinconcillo (Calle Gerona, 42), which has received some good reviews here.
Seville also features as one of our 7 Underrated Luxury Travel Destinations In The World.
5. Nevada, California
So you still want to go to Tatooine, but don't want to wait until is safe to travel to Tunisia? Then head over to Death Valley National Park in Nevada. Obi-Wan's first meeting with Luke was between the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the Mojave Desert.
We love this location because Las Vegas is just a few hours away, so you can go from one movie scene to the next: from Star Wars in Death Valley to Ocean's Eleven in Las Vegas.
Image: Death Valley Nevada
6. Lenno, Italy
Speaking of Ocean's Eleven, Star Wars too had a scene at Lake Como. Villa del Balbianello located on the south-west branch of Lake Como in Lenno, is where Anakin and Padme got married at the end of Episode II: Attack of The Clones.
The villa was built in 1787, and is surrounded by beautiful scenery. You can visit the villa with a two hour tour for about €200. The villa has also been used as an exclusive wedding venue.. Imagine getting married against such a backdrop!