Modern day Europe is crossed by ancient medieval pilgrimage and trade routes, travelled by walkers and ramblers on a slow adventure, discovering castles, vineyards and olive trees, delicious food and local wines. One of the most famous routes in Europe is the Via Francigena – or the route from France how it was called in medieval Italy. Crossing Europe from Canterbury (England) to Rome (Italy), it reaches Santa Maria di Leuca on the very tip of the Italian heel. The route takes you from Northern Europe to the harbors of the Mediterranean Sea along 3200km, which are manageable in 4 months on foot. Browse the gallery to discover, region by region, some of the most beautiful places along the Via Francigena. Join Via Francigena photo contest!
Europe’s natural beauty and stunning landmarks haven’t just caught the eyes of world travelers over the years.
The Cliffs of Moher, Co Clare, Ireland
The Cliffs of Moher in Ireland were featured on the big screen 1987 in the motion picture The Princess Bride. You can see the cliffs during the scene when Cary Elwes’ character, Westley, is scaling them to defeat his enemies and retrieve his beloved Buttercup. The cliffs are known as “the Cliffs of Insanity” in the movie.
Manchester Town Hall, United Kingdom
England’s Manchester Town Hall played a key role in one of the biggest action scenes of the 2009 blockbuster Sherlock Holmes. It takes center stage for a few different scenes and makes for a perfect backdrop for the film’s Victorian Era setting.
Glenfinnan Viaduct, Scotland, Great Britain
The Hogwarts Express may not be magical in real life but the route it takes is just as grand. The Glenfinnan Viaduct in Scotland is featured as the railway to Hogwarts in the Harry Potter movies. It’s unmistakable in the movies thanks to the arched architecture of the railway and the lush green grass of Scotland.
Leopoldskron Palace, Austria
The Leopoldskron Palace in Austria was one of the key locations of Robert Wise’s The Sound of Music from 1965. Starring Julie Andrews, the film is one of the most famous motion picture adaptations of a musical and the Leopoldskron Palace is partly to thank for the film’s success.
Castel Sant'Angelo, Italy
Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck’s classic 1953 romance film, Roman Holiday, made use of many iconic locations throughout Rome. You’ll find the Castel Sant’Angelo as the backdrop of the movie’s unforgettable dance party scene.
Playa de Monsul, Spain
Convent of Agios Ioannis, Greece
You may recognize the Convent of Agios Ioannis of Greece from the hit musical film Mamma Mia! The iconic Greek convent starred as the site of the chapel in the movie’s famous wedding scene.
Blue Grotto, Malta
The epic, Ancient Greece–inspired film, Troy, had many of its scenes shot in and around the Blue Grotto in Malta. You can see the sparkling blue waters toward the beginning of the movie when Brad Pitt’s character, Achilles, is discussing with his mother about whether or not to leave for Troy to battle. Malta has become a popular country for other feature films, including The Guardian, starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.
Sometimes you need to see something from another perspective to understand its beauty. In Europe, every perspective hides a new discovery, even under the water. From the shores of Italy to the clearwaters of Iceland, find what’s hiding beneath the surface of Europe with this gallery.
Much of Europe is known for its beer and wine production. But we don’t just know how to make them; we know how to drink them. From energetic beer festivals to exquisite wine gatherings, there’s plenty to celebrate. Drink up six of the best beer and wine festivals throughout Europe with this gallery.
If your European vacation includes the words “birdie,” “par” and “eagle,” then these golf courses are must-visit spots for you. Tee off at eight of Europe’s most pristine golf courses from the level greens of Malta to the towering cliffs of Portugal. No matter what type of course you’re looking for, Europe is bound to have it.
The mystery of the Celtic people continues to entice people to visit the ancient sites and ponder the meaning of what’s been left behind. You can explore well-known passage graves and monastic settlements of Ireland and Scotland to catch a glimpse into the sacred and storied Celts, but you can also find their mark on a number of other places throughout Europe that are just as fascinating.
Provocative appearance and produced in an extremely interesting way is branch cake – Šakotis. Its taste is as impressing as its appearance. And no one argues about the taste of the Lithuanian branch cake – it’s fabulous. It’s for a good reason that it came to Lithuania in the beginning of the 20th century and in just over a hundred years have become the centerpiece of every Lithuanian wedding table and a mandatory sweet offering to the most honourable guests.
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Europe holds many impressive cathedrals, synagogues and mosques. These houses of worship hold important cultural, historic and religious significance. Many of these great buildings took centuries to build with ornate design and unique architecture.
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