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Films to inspire your travels

Stock up on popcorn and then get on Skyscanner because these around-the-world films will definitely inspire you.

The Talented Mr Ripley: Southern Italy

One of the most stylish films ever made, this tale of deception shows a racy and seductive side to Italy in the 60s. Tom Ripley (Matt Damon), a lost young man from New York, is sent to Italy to bring home rich playboy Dickie Greenleaf (Jude law). The town in which they meet, Mongibello, is a fictional place but the scenes were filmed in Procida and on the volcanic island of Ischia just off the coast of Naples, both of which make for a wonderful reminder that nothing beats a Euro summer holiday. 

Vicky Cristina Barcelona: South-East of Spain

Woody Allen's Spanish romance takes place in picturesque little villages in Catalonia and bohemian Barcelona.  Americans Vicky (Rebecca Hall) and Cristina (Scarlett Johansson) arrive in Spain for a summer vacation at a friend's (Patricia Clarkson) Barcelona home. Visiting an art gallery, they meet seductive painter Juan Antonio (Javier Bardem), who invites them for a weekend of food, art and sex. Sparks really ignite when his fiery former lover (Penélope Cruz) arrives on the scene, making for a very crowded house with the romantic Spanish lifestyle behind the scenes.

Midnight in Paris: Paris

Another Woody Allen number, this story of nostalgia will make you yearn for fantasy Paris of the 1920s – and fortunately, it’s one of the few cities that still embodies days gone by and that arty feeling with famous Café de Flore, L'Orangerie, Rodin Museum, and decadent quartiers.  The film follows creatively dissatisfied screenwriter Gil Pender (Owen Wilson) on a journey through the past, where he meets the city’s deceased intelligentsia including Ernest Hemmingway (Corey Stoll), Gertrude Stein (Kathy Bates) and Salvador Dalí (Adrien Brody). 

The Thomas Crown Affair: The Caribbean

A romance set in Martinica gives the film an exotic twist as wealthy businessman Thomas Crown (Pierce Brosnan) pursues Catherine Banning (Rene Russo), a woman investigating him for the theft of a Monet. They arrive in Martinique on a private jet and get straight into an open-topped vintage Ford Mustang. An aerial shot of the island shows them driving through palm-tree-lined streets, past a classic Carribean funicular and eventually up a long, winding road to a secluded little blue and white house overlooking the ocean...Inspiring, right?

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