The Avengers – Age of Ultron – Italy

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For the Avengers – Age of Ultron, the movie starts in the (much used) forrest of Bourne Woods near Surrey in the UK. But the secret Hydra Research facility is much further south in Italy.

The Fort di Bard was used as the Facility.

Attack of the Clones : Italy

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For the second prequel to Star Wars (Attack of the Clones), Anakin marries Queen Padmé in the end. Not in a galaxy far away on Naboo, but in the European country of Italy. The building used is Villa del Balbianello and is located near lake Como.

Doctor Who – Rome Cinecittà Studios

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While usualy recorded in Wales (Cardiff), for the fouth season of the Doctor Who reboot, the crew traveled to Italy. The world famous Cinecittà Studios in Rome were used as the location for Pompeii. Fun fact is that the Doctor is actualy traveling to Rome and end up in Pompeii (which in reality now is Rome).

The location was used for only two days. A day and a night shoot. For the day shoot, exteriors of thee city like set were filmed. The night shoot was used for the destruction of pompeii by the volcano (the effects van arrived just in time for the crew to set-up all effects).

All other scenes were filmed back in Wales, where the weather was very different. A chalenge for the camera crew to match the look and feel of the lovely weather they had over in Italy.

In 2015 – 2016, this Italian studio was also used to film another version of “Ben Hur”. The big charriot scene amongst others used the large sets available here.

The “Doctor” in between takes.