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Mamma Mia! Here's how you can live like Donna Sheridan
Posted on 18/05/2019 12 shares

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Walk in the footsteps of your idols and visit the real life locations where two of the world's favourite musicals were filmed!

Gimme, gimme, gimme an excuse for a holiday

Gimme, gimme, gimme an excuse for a holiday
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Let's be honest, we've all dreamed about dropping everything and running off to a remote island to live alone and escape all responsibility, just as Donna Sheridan did all those years ago. But have you ever wondered where these incredible places are? Here are some of the actual places where the two Mamma Mia movies were filmed to help you make your decision and flee to paradise (Sam, Bill and Harry are unfortunately not included).

Skopelos Island, Greece

Skopelos Island, Greece
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The first Mamma Mia film, released in 2008, was shot in Greece largely on the small island of Skopelos. This hilltop church is featured in several scenes, most importantly the emotional wedding scene where we see all the guests trekking up the winding path of steps carved into the stone, with Sophie riding a donkey. And of course, it is on this path that the dramatic duet ballad "The Winner Takes it All" takes place. How could you not want to stand on the spot where Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan sang their hearts out to each other?

Damouchari, Pelion, Greece

Damouchari, Pelion, Greece
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There is nothing quite as uplifting and jolly as the Dancing Queen montage from the first Mamma Mia film. From the seamless choreography, to the smiling faces, to the hundreds of people carelessly jumping into clear water at the end of the song, it's enough to make you want to pack your bags and book a flight to Greece. But, where was this iconic scene filmed? Although most of the film was shot on Skopelos and in film studios, this specific sequence and some other scenes were shot in the small village of Damouchari in the Pelion region of Greece. If you look closely, you'll see this beach and old building, where the crew built a wooden jetty for filming and removed it after. Look out for the old building to the right of the picture next time you watch the film!

Vis Island, Croatia

Vis Island, Croatia
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Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, released a decade after the first film and featuring the stunning Lily James as young Donna, was everything we expected and more. This time around the crew ditched Skopelos and headed northwest, where the film was shot mostly in the town of Komiza on Vis Island, Croatia. You may recognize this jetty in the town of Vis, which was featured in the scene where Donna and Bill help Alexio the fisherman find his lost love, Apollonia. The runaway bride runs along the pier before jumping into the water in her wedding dress to be reunited with Alexio, a truly iconic scene! Why not try it for yourself?

Hampton Court Palace, Surrey, England

Hampton Court Palace, Surrey, England
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If you're looking to follow in Donna's footsteps, you really don't have to go as far afield as you might think! Remember the painful scene in which young Harry awkwardly rambles on to young Donna about how he would like to hold her hand? How could you forget? Although this scene was set in the wonderful Tuileries Gardens of Paris, Donna's first stop on her adventures, it was actually filmed in the gardens of Hampton Court Palace in England. The pair stroll around the palace's circular pond which closely resembles its Parisian counterpart, the Tuileries Gardens. Hampton Court Palace and its gardens are open to the public with ticketed entry.

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