If there’s anything that has provided an easy escape to people, it’s the stories on screen. These made-up stories have always been our solution to a quick getaway when life gets hard, from TV series to movies. And in this world of movies, Star Wars has played a major role.
From the films that are decades old to the latest movies in the Star Wars franchise, these characters and their stories have touched many hearts. The movies have an amazing plot, but even the locations they were filmed at have been a topic of interest amongst hardcore fans. The original films have used inspirations from the Tunisian landscape and European parts.
Star Wars Movies Filming Locations
One of the places in the Star Wars universe that looks enchanting is Naboo. It’s an idyllic world close to the border of the Outer Rim Territories. Inhabited by peaceful humans known as Naboo and the indigenous species of intelligent amphibians called Gungans, their world is otherworldly. Naboo’s world consists of swampy lakes, rolling plains, and green hills.
The river cities of Naboo are filled with classical architecture and greenery, while the underwater Gungan settlements display exotic hydrostatic bubble technology. Naboo, the peaceful planet, was thrust into this galactic spotlight a decade before the Clone Wars. Naboo majorly appeared in Star Wars: Return Of The Jedi, Stars Wars: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Attack Of The Clones, Star Wars: Revenge Of The Sith, and Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
1. Uyuni Salt Flats, Bolivia
The final battle on Planet Crait was filmed here at Uyuni Salt Flats, which is a popular tourist destination for its exquisite landscapes.
2. Palace of Caserta, Italy
This grand palace was used for shooting several important scenes, such as droid attacks at the royal meetings.
3. Mount Etna, Italy
The iconic battle between Obi-Wan and Anakin Skywalker in which lava erupts beneath is, in fact, real. It was shot during an eruption in 2002 at Mount Etna in Italy.
4. Death Valley National Park, US
The scene where C3PO and R2D2 crash onto the planet of Tatooine was shot here. This location was also used to depict the scenery around Jabba the Hut’s Palace. Within the Death Valley National Park, there are a few Star Wars spots, such as Mesquite Sand Dunes, Artist’s Pallet, Golden Canyon, and Towering-Mule Team Canyon.
5. Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park, US
Our Star Wars heroes found themselves on planet Endor surrounded by ferns, foliage, and redwood trees like skyscrapers with thick trunks. The famous scenes of Endor were filmed here, making the location a part of the Star Wars film locations pilgrimage.
6. Krafla, Iceland
The Star War heroes fly through mountains to attack the base, which might look like it’s from some other planet, but those scenes were filmed in Krafla.
Since most of the Tatooine scenes were shot here, Tunisia has played a major role in Star Wars movies. We see Tatooine residencies, C3PO and R2D2 crashing into a giant dune, and Luke Skywalkers’ home, all of which have been shot here, apparently on this planet.
8. Tikal, Guatemala
Here in Tikal, Princess Leia awards Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan with medals surrounded by jungle landscapes and ancient ruins.
9. Hardangerjokulen Glacier, Norway
In the epic battle scene on Planet Hoth, where Luke fights harshly, we see gunfire explode in the snow of a desolate cold landscape. That scene was shot in Hardangerjokulen Glacier, a glacier outside a small town called Finse in Norway.
10. Wadi Rum, Jordan
This desert in Jordan made the perfect backdrop for desert scenes. Hence it was used as planet Jedha in Rogue One and as planet Pasaana in Episode IX: The Rise Of Skywalker.
11. Dubrovnik, Croatia
Although, according to Rose, Canto Bight is a terrible place, a shot of the city on planet Cantonica suggested otherwise. The cobblestone bridges shown in the shooting of the gambling city were real and filmed in Croatia.
12. Villa del Balbianello, Italy
Anakin and Princess Amidala found refuge on planet Naboo where they also shared their kiss, surrounded by a lake and a peaceful castle. That scene was shot here in the famous Villa del Balbianello, Italy.