It’s Wonder Woman time! I think it’s safe to say just about everyone is excited for Wonder Woman tonight. Although DC films have been, well, not so hot as of late, I think Wonder Woman is going to be the amazing success we’re all hoping for. I’ve wanted a female super hero movie since I was a kid and we finally have one! I love Wonder Woman and being the travel loving geek I am, I want to show all of you the filming locations that were transformed into the real Themyscira. Spoiler alert – they all take place in the beautiful country of Italy.
The Real Themyscira
Castel del Monte, Andria, Bari, Apulia, Italy
This 13th century citadel and castle was built by Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II. It’s located on a small hill in Andria, which is in the Apulia region of southeast Italy. The design of this fortress is very unique in that it is an octagonal prism design with octagonal towers. Once filled with beautiful marble, it was stripped after being left in disrepair. In 1996, the Castel del Monte was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and is seen on the back side of the Italian Euro 1 cent coin.
Palinuro, Centola, Salerno, Campania, Italy
Palinuro is a small seaside town, south of the Amalfi Coast. It is most well known for Capo Palinuro, with its seaside caves and grottos. The coast here is known as the Coast of Myth since the town gets its name from Palinurus, the helmsmen to Aeneas. This is more of a local travel hot spot, so you’re less likely to encounter large crowds here, making it an excellent spot to really experience the culture of southern Italy.
Matera, Basilicata, Italy
Matera is a city in southern Italy and has been a filming location for dozens of films. Matera is most well known for it’s historical center, the Sassi. The Sassi consists of houses dug into the rock itself and some of the streets run on top of other houses. It may be the only place in the world where people can say they live in the same place their ancestors did thousands of years ago – and that’s a pretty hard claim to beat! With 2 locations in Matera considered as a World Heritage Site along with Matera being the Italian host of European Capital of Culture in 2019, this is a must visit city.
Villa Cimbrone, Ravello, Salerno, Campania, Italy
This breathtaking 11th century historic building, now a hotel, is located in Ravello, on the Amalfi coast in southern Italy. It’s famous for the Terrazzo dell’lnfinito (Terrace of Infinity), shown in the photo above. It has been altered and expanded many times and very little of the original structure remains. The Villa Cimbrone has belonged to many wealthy families over time and was even part of a nearby monastary. Can you imagine standing there taking in this view?
Camerota, Salerno, Campania, Italy
Camerota is a hill town in southwestern Italy. More specifically, the beaches of Marina di Camerota is where we will see the Amazonian warriors on horseback battling an army of soldiers. This town was a place of emigration to South America, especially Venezuela, and the ties to the country still remain strong. It is consistently voted as one of the top beaches and has some cool caves where human fossils were found.
So there you have it. The real Themyscira is found all throughout southern Italy. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to hop on a plane right now to channel my own inner Amazonian princess and save the world, one gorgeous beach at a time.
Which of these spots would you most want to visit?