For those who missed it: the internet broke again last week. Not because someone's famous butt was floating around on Twitter, but because of a new crossed lightsaber and a drone on some kind of soccer ball. The teaser for Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens was released and this (obviously) left the Auto Europe Australia office in a state of excitement. Our desire to travel into space, master the force and fight a fascinating power was renewed, but sadly our bank accounts do not allow us to be on the first commercial flight to space. Thankfully we are pretty pragmatic, so we decide to collect the best Star Wars film locations on planet earth to pay a visit next year. Travel safe young explorer.
In the Campania Region in Italy you'll find the city of Caserta. Its most popular attraction is the Reggia de Caserta - Royal Palace of Caserta - a former royal palace that belonged to two of Naples' kings. The palace covers an area of 47,000m2, which makes it the largest royal residence in the world. Reggia de Caserta featured in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace as Queen Amidala's Palace on Naboo in 1999 and again in 2002 as Queen Jamilla's Palace in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. Built in the 18th century, it's now a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Baroque style Palace is surrounded by beautiful gardens, hunting lodges and a silk factory. Even the ones that can't tell Han Solo from Obi-Wan, will enjoy Reggia de Caserta.
We thought we'd never see R2D2 and C-3P0 back after the Jawas abducted them with their sandcrawler, but instead it was their introduction to Luke Skywalker. We thought it was over before it started when the Tusken Raiders attacked Luke Skywalker but instead it was our introduction to the mysterious Obi Wan Kenobi. Oh man, those first 30 minutes in Star Was Episode IV: A New Hope set the tone for our unrivalled obsession with the series! Parts of the scenes described above were filmed in Death Valley National Park in California, only a 2 hour drive from Las Vegas. Death Valley is the hottest and driest place in North America (hence the name) which has caused the sandy landscape and canyons to look bizarre and foreign. The national park has 9 designated campgrounds and we highly recommend that you stay to observe the stunning view of the galaxy at night.
For the Star Wars lovers that like to stay a little bit closer to home: Parts of the last two movies were filmed at Fox Studios in Sydney and you can have a peek through the gates to see where it all happened. The studios are surrounded by a shopping village with a farmers market on every Wednesday and Saturday. It is located next to the Centennial Parklands where various activities take place during Sydney's summer months. Be there on the weekend of the 7th of December for Tropfest, the largest short film festival in the world, or visit the Moonlight Cinema from mid-December to the end of March and watch the classics and latest blockbusters underneath the stars.
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