Star Wars Travel Guide

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The Star Wars universe is now closer than you think! Join in visiting where Anakin and Padme had their wedding, filmed in Italy. Explore the ice caves of Hoth in Norway. Adventure awaits!

 

EPISODE I: NABOO

We all remember the scene in Attack of the Clones when Padme Amadala and Anakin Skywalker finally get married. But what really made the scene magical was the castle and lake on Naboo where they said their vows. The pristine lake that the couple gazed out on. The lake that shimmered in the background. The ornate rails that lined the villa’s gardens and terraces. It’s hard not to think of Naboo as one of the most perfect planets that exists in the Star Wars Universe.

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This gorgeous villa was actually shot in Italy, at Villa del Balbianello. This villa rests on Lake Commo in the province of Lenno Commo. Aside from being used to capture the beauty of Naboo in Star Wars, the villa has been used to shoot several other movies, one of which for the James Bond franchise.

Visitors are welcomed to explore the villa’s grounds and take a tour of the inside, which was restored by a previous private owner before it was given back to Italy’s national garden registry.

EPISODE II: HOTH

It’s cold. It’s desolate. It’s the first time we all thought that Luke Skywalker wouldn’t make it out alive. Of course, we are talking about the frozen planet Hoth, in The Empire Strikes Back.  We watched as Luke fought for his life in the ice caves and then almost froze to death on the planet’s unforgiving tundra, which makes it the perfect travel destination for any extreme Star Wars traveler.

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Hoth was actually filmed at the Hardangerjøkulen Glacier in Norway. While you might think that this glacier seems like a challenge to get to, it’s pretty accessible from the town of Finse, conveniently located on the railway line.  Adventures and experienced climbers can make their way up the glacier with ease, and get some pretty cool pictures along the way.

 

EPISODE III: TATOOINE

The dry, desert planet of Tatooine is closer than ever before. True Star Wars fans know how significant this arid planet is to the films, which is why it’s included on this list. Tatooine was shot all over the world. But for the timid or first time traveler, you might want to head to Death Valley, California, and get a feel for what life was like on Aniken and Luke Skywalker’s home planet.

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Here, fans and tourists can hike up the Mesquite sand dunes that housed Jawa’s and Sand People alike. Had enough fun on Tatooine? Death Valley is also home to Badwater Basin, a popular tourist spot.

EPISODE IV: ENDOR

Endor is the home to what might be the most adorable creatures in the Star Wars universe, the Ewoks. Yup, these adorable little bear-like beings roam the forests of Endor, and also helped Han, Luke, and Leia once or twice. Endor might be closer than you think! Forest scenes of the planet were shot in Del Norte County, California.

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Stroll around this National Park. Del Norte is famous for their Redwoods, which provide perfect shade as you hunt to find Ewoks.

 

Episode V: MUSTAFAR

This is it, everyone. This is where it all went down. Of course, we are talking about the duel between Obi Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker, where Anakin finally took the plunge into the Dark Side. The scene was set against an erupting volcano; fitting for the tumultuous nature of this scene. The actual volcano is Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Italy.

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This volcano, located in Sicily, has been shrouded in mythology for decades. It is said that Zeus trapped the monster Typhon under the volcano. Crew members and actors that were shooting scenes for Revenge of the Sith had to stop three times, as the erupting volcano proved too dangerous to shoot.

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