26 June 2019
Barely a week goes by without yet another major blockbuster exploding into cinemas and this time, it’s ol’ webhead himself – Mr Peter Parker, better known as Spider-Man – who’s webslinging his way on to the silver screen for more big-budget adventures in ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ (out July 2nd).
With so many massive comic book movies around these days, you’d be forgiven for superhero fatigue, but there’s reason to be more interested with this one because Spidey’s going on holiday.
We haven't seen the new film yet but here’s what Spider-Man could be getting up to at some of his stop-off destinations…
Venice is universally accepted as one of the most romantic cities in the world, so it probably isn’t a coincidence that love interest Michelle Jones, affectionately known as M.J, is joining Peter Parker on his European vacation.
Consisting of more than 100 small islands and a busy network of canals, Venice never struggles to deliver romantic spots and we wouldn’t be surprised if Spidey tried his luck with M.J on a gondola ride.
For the most famous sights, Peter Parker could head to the packed Grand Canal but for something more romantic, he should ask his gondolier to hit the quieter back canals, away from the tourist landmarks.
On solid ground, Peter could share a romantic moment with M.J by shooting his web to the top of the 98-metre-tall bell tower of St Mark’s Basilica in Piazza San Marco for incredible views of Venice, the lagoon and the Alps in the distance.
As a teenage student on a school trip, Spider-Man has to make do with whatever accommodation available. But one of the more luxurious and romantic hotels in Venice is Ca'Sagredo - a five-star boutique hotel situated in a 15th-century palace, set on the banks of the Grand Canal. It was named the ‘Most Romantic City Hotel’ in Europe at 2018’s Love Travel Awards, as well as Europe’s ‘Best Wedding Hotel’ the year before.
Another option would be San Clemente Palace Kempinski. Situated on the private island of San Clemente, a few minutes’ boat ride from Piazza San Marco, this exclusive retreat guarantees peace, tranquility and privacy.
TC Tip: Hit St Mark’s Square for quality street food
“You’ll struggle to find poor quality food anywhere in Italy and magical Venice is no exception. Even food-to-go is in abundance and of very good quality. In the very central tourist streets around St Mark’s Square, you can pick-up top-quality food although it tends to be more expensive than in areas further away.”
Gary, Travel Counsellors
At least some of the action in ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ takes place in the Czech Republic. Prague is clearly publicised on the film’s promo posters as one of Spidey’s stop-offs, while sneaky behind-the-scenes footage of a fiery night-time sequence filmed in Liberac (113km away) has surfaced on Twitter.
In the Czech capital, Peter and his pals could explore the 621-metre-long Charles Bridge - one of Europe’s most recognisable old bridges – and Prague Castle, the 9th-century walled fortress that contains some of Prague's most popular tourist sites including St. Vitus Cathedral, St. George's Basilica, the Powder Tower, the Old Royal Palace and the Golden Lane.
Prague’s other must-see landmarks include the Lennon Wall, where fans still visit to pay homage to the late Beatle, and the Frank Gehry-designed Dancing House.
Some of the standout hotels here are the Mandarin Oriental Prague, a luxury five-star hotel housed in a former 14th-century monastery, and Grandior Hotel Prague, a new design hotel perfectly situated in Prague city centre.
The German capital is another destination that features in Peter Parker’s Euro trip. The perennially hip Berlin has everything from beach bars on the banks of the Spree and world-famous super-clubs to classic Soviet architecture and compelling historic sights to take in.
Spots of historical significance are peppered throughout the city, from Potsdamer Platz and Checkpoint Charlie to the Reichstag, Brandenburg Gate and the graffitied remains of the Berlin Wall.
Accommodation options we’d recommend include Leonardo Hotel Berlin Mitte, NH Collection Berlin Mitte am Checkpoint Charlie, and Mercure Hotel Berlin Zentrum.
Webslinging across the pond to Europe wouldn’t be worthwhile without some time in the UK capital and coming to London for the first time has to involve a show on the West End. It could be a well-established favourite like Wicked and The Lion King, or a more recent addition such as The Book of Mormon or Hamilton.
The West End pulled in record audiences (15.5 million) in 2018, and 2019 could smash that figure after a host of hot new productions hit the West End, such as the Gloria Estefan-themed On Your Feet, the Only Fools and Horses stage show featuring songs from Chas Hodges of Chas & Dave fame, and the return of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat after a 10-year absence from the West End.
Spidey could zip over to Covent Garden to show off his superpowers at Vertical Chill - the climbing wall made completely out of real ice. Here, visitors have the chance to overcome the extreme elements alongside the help of a professional instructor and equipment. The company caters to all experience levels, so don’t worry if it’s your first time doing any sort of climbing. It can be a fun session for all - but you may leave feeling exhausted!
It’s the only non-Europe destination in this list but it’s the home of Spider-Man so no surprise that NYC should pop up in the new film.
Crammed with iconic sights and cultural venues, fantastic restaurants for all budgets and wonderful shops, New York is a full-throttle city that will always leave you wanting more.
It boasts one of the world’s most famous skylines, comprising the Statue of Liberty and Empire State Building, whilst the city streets are packed with enough to easily fill two weeks with the likes of the sprawling Central Park and dazzling Times Square, not to mention a magnificent museum offering that covers so much more than just traditional history and art.
The variety and quality of street eats here is sensational (pizza, bagels, cheesecake, ramen, hot dogs), as are the world-class music venues (Madison Square Garden, Bowery Ballroom, Radio City Music Hall).
High-end accommodation in the Big Apple includes The Ritz-Carlton New York, Mandarin Oriental New York and Waldorf Astoria.
TC tip: Ask your Travel Counsellor to book attractions in advance to ensure you make the most of your time.
“Never travel anywhere without doing your research. New York is easy to navigate so ask your Travel Counsellor to create an itinerary for you so you don’t waste a minute. Book main attractions in advance and walk everywhere that you can; it’s worth going that extra mile.”
Adalaine, Travel Counsellor
Book your stay at one or all of these magnificent cities by contacting your local Travel Counsellor. They’ll take the time to get to know you and tailor your perfect holiday and you’ll receive peace of mind from around-the-clock care and knowing that your money is completely safe, protected by our unique financial protection trust.