Discover Top Bird's Eye Views of Literary Locations

Literary Locations Compilation Video
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Literary Locations 📖📚

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In this aerial compilation by the editorial team at AirVūz, viewers are flown high above the locations featured in many of the greatest works of literature throughout history. Literary locations, both real and inspired, from around the world are brought together in a curated collection of drone videos. Literary locations featured include Saint Petersburg, Russia; Cartagena, Colombia; Lake Maggiore, Italy; Ronda, Spain; Haworth, England; La Paz, Mexico; and Istanbul, Turkey.  

Don Quixote (Miguel de Cervantes)
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Windmills of La Mancha

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Spain's province La Mancha, which is part of the Castilla-La Mancha semi-autonomous region of central Spain, has a storied history.  The province is essentially a large plain south of Madrid.  Famously, it was the setting for the epic novel Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes, one of the great works of Western literature.  It was published in two parts, in 1605 and 1615.  In this video, contributor Eminorcks gives us an amazing aerial tour of the area which gave birth to the expression "tilting at windmills."   

To the Lighthouse (Virginia Woolf)
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Fly in Skye

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Contributor Pepinair created this memorable drone video of the Isle of Skye in Scotland, part of the Inner Hebrides islands.  With fewer than 10k permanent residents, its coastline is dotted with peninsulas and lakes, with a mountainous interior where you can find some of Scotland's most iconic landscapes.  The Isle has attracted great literary interest, and was the setting for Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse.  Published in 1927, the novel is considered one of the great works of 20th century fiction.

A Farewell to Arms (Ernest Hemingway)
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Winter Lake: Lago Maggiore filmed with DJI Inspire2 & Zenmuse X7

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Lake Maggiore is one of the largest lakes in the Alps region.  It forms part of the border between Italy and Switzerland and between the two Italian regions of Lombardy and Piedmont.  It's overlooked by some of the highest mountains of the range, including Mt. Rosa, Italy's tallest.  Famously, Lake Maggiore was featured in Ernest Hemingway's immortal World War I work, A Farewell to Arms (first published in 1929).  In the book, the two main characters use the lake to escape to Switzerland.

Wuthering Heights (Emily Brontë)
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Yorkshire, England: Haworth by DJI Mavic Pro

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Hawarth is a village in West Yorkshire, sitting in the center of northern England.  Using a DJI Mavic Pro Drone, top contributor Hamja Muztaba created this marvelous aerial video of Haworth, which features prominently in one of the most famous works of English literature: in Emily Brontë's 1847 novel Wuthering Heights, Thrushcross Grange is believed to have been inspired by a manor in Haworth.  The video also includes footage of nearby Cullingworth and the Hewenden Viaduct.

Hound of the Baskervilles (Arthur C. Doyle)
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Moody Burrator

Flying Horizons

Contributor Flying Horizons took this brilliant drone video of Burrator, a town in Devon in Southwestern England.  The town is part of the Dartmoor National Park, which was created to protect the highly iconic natural landscape of moors and rolling hills. Dartmore has a storied place in English literature; Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic the Hound of the Baskervilles, published in serialized form in 1901-02, was set here. Doyle spent months walking through the park beforehand for inspiration.

Dracula (Bram Stoker)
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Bran: Dracula's Castle

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Transylvania is forever associated with a fictional "vampire" from the famous late 19th century novel gothic horror novel Dracula by Bram Stoker .  The character is loosely based on Vlad the Impaler, a medieval nobleman known for his cruelty.  The castle most closely linked to the Dracula legend is Bran Castle, which is located right at the border between the regions of Wallachia and Transylvania.  In this epic drone video by Fabriziob you'll get a bird's eye view of the famous Carpathian castle.

Winnie-the-Pooh (A.A. Milne)
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Phantom 4 Cinematic - Traverse

Phantomic Films

This drone video by Phantom 4 Cinematic was shot in Ashdown Forest in East Sussex, near the southeastern coast of England.  The forest, which is less than an hour's drive from London, was used for hunting lodges by the Normans who conquered England in the 11th century.  Ashdown  forest has another name in the literary world - it's the 100 Acre Wood in A.A. Milne's classic 1926 children's book Winnie-the-Pooh.  Milne lived near the forest and often took his child walking in the woods.

For Whom the Bell Tolls (Ernest Hemingway)
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The City on a Cliff: Ronda, Spain

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Contributor 91 Kilometers brings us this beautiful aerial video of the city of Ronda in southern Spain, in the Málaga province of Andalusia.  Like much of southern Spain, this area has been inhabited since pre-historic times.  Ronda also has a place in literature.  The city on the cliff (in disguised form) was the setting for one of the most well known passages of 20th century literature: the famous execution scene in Chapter 10 of Ernest Hemingway's classic For Whom the Bell Tolls, first published in 1940.  

Love in the Time of Cholera (G. Márquez)
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Cartagena de Indias

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Colombia's port city Cartagena is one of the oldest and historically significant cities in the Western Hemisphere.  Founded by Spanish Conquistadoras in the 16th century, it became the most important port in the Spanish Empire.  Its role as a cultural center continues; Nobel laureate Gabriel García Márquez spent his formative years as a journalist in Cartagena, and his modern classic 1985 novel Love in the Time of Cholera is believed to have been set in the great city on the Caribbean. 

Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
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England's Peak District: Phantom 4 Pro

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Contributor ixnevin used a DJI Phantom 4 to create this marvelous aerial view of England's Peak District, an which mostly sits in County Derbyshire in the East Midlands region.  Most of the area is part of the Peak District National Park, the UK's first.  The Peak District has inspired numerous authors and thereby earned a permanent place in British fiction: for example, some of the most important scenes of Jane Austen's 1813 classic Pride and Prejudice were set here.

House of Seven Gables (Nathaniel Hawthorne)
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Salem Harbor and the House of Seven Gables

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Salem, Massachusetts has played a particularly important role in American literature: among other honors, Nathaniel Hawthorne, one of the USA's greatest authors, was born here in 1804.  Contributor Adventurousdrone created this beautiful aerial view of the New England port town, including shots of the Turner-Ingersoll Mansion.  Also known as Turner House, this house served as the inspiration for Hawthorne's 1851 classic the House of Seven Gables.  

The Magic Mountain (Thomas Mann)
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Davos, Switzerland: DJI Mavic Pro

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Davos is a ski resort town in central Switzerland.  At one point, the mountain air of the area was deemed beneficial to people with lung conditions, and many luminaries went there to convalesce.  Davos has also carved its way into cultural conciousness through literature: a real-life Davos sanitorium served as the inspiration for author Thomas Mann when he was writing his opus The Magic Mountain.  Published in 1924, the novel is considered one of the great works of German fiction.

Moby-Dick (Herman Melville)
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Nantucket Island

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Nantucket is a tiny Atlantic Ocean island off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts in the USA's New England region.  It is perhaps most closely associated with the long-prohibited practice of whaling.  At its peak, Nantucket was the center of the industry, which for a time played an important role in the New England economy.  Famously, Nantucket is featured in Herman Melville's 1951 novel Moby-Dick, widely considered to be one of the greatest works of American literature. 

The Name of the Rose (Umberto Eco)
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The Fire at the Sacra di San Michele

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Contributor Electriclife created this marvelous drone video of a monastery in Piedmont, Italy called the Sacra di San Michele.  Settlement in the area dates to the Antiquity, with the present monastery having been built in either the 10th or 11th century AD.  Also known as St. Michael's Abbey, this landmark has an important place in 20th century literature: it served as the inspiration for the monastery in Umberto Eco's 1980 novel The Name of the Rose, one of the bestselling works of fiction ever.

Under the Volcano (Malcolm Lowry)
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Hiking Popocatépetl & Iztaccihuatl National Park

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Nomade World used a drone to record some epic hiking around two of Mexico's most famous volcanoes. Popocatépetl and Iztaccihuatl are neighboring mountains which loom over Mexico City from the south.  They are the country's #2 and #3 highest peaks, respectively, Popocatépetl (which is still active) having an altitude of 5.4k meters (17.8k ft.).  They are possibly the most famous stratovolcanoes in literature; both mountains feature prominently in Malcolm Lowry's 1947 classic Under the Volcano.

Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy)
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Sunny Morning in Saint-Petersburg

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St. Petersburg is still widely considered to be the cultural capital of Russia, that status having survived the move of the capital to Moscow after the Bolshevik Revolution.  In the realm of literature, the city has been the setting for some of the world's greatest works of literature.  In this stunning video by Sergei Pinin, you'll get a bird's eye view of the city which was the setting for two of the greatest novels of all time: Dostoyevski's Crime and Punishment (1866), and Tolstoy's Anna Karenina (1878).

The Pearl (John Steinbeck)
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Amazing La Paz Baja California Sur, México

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La Paz is the capital of the state of Baja California Sur, the lower half of Mexico's Baja Peninsula.  Situated on Concepcion Bay which leads into the Gulf of California (also known as the Sea of Cortez), La Paz has seen large increases in tourist traffic in recent years.  Earlier, La Paz was the setting for John Steinbeck's 1947 classic novel The Pearl, one of his only works not set in California. In this drone video by jcreynoso, you'll get a bird's eye view of this amazing city and its surroundings.  

Mornings in Mexico (DH Lawrence)
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Oaxaca

Postandfly

Top contributor Postandfly created this stunning drone video of the city of Oaxaca, capital of the state of the same name in Southern Mexico.  The state is considered one of Mexico's great cultural treasures because of its indigenous population, in which at least 16 pre-Columbian tribes have survived and with greater continuity than in other parts of the country.  Located in a mountain valley, Oaxaca was the subject of four of the eight essays in DH Lawrence's travel book Mornings in Mexico (1927).

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain)
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American Queen in Hannibal, Missouri

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Bumble Bee Productions created this drone video of a riverboat docked on the Mississippi River in Hannibal, Missouri.  This medium sized town in the northeastern corner of the state has an indelible connection to American literature.  It was the home of Samuel Clemens, who took the pseudoname Mark Twain.  Hannibal was thinly disguised as St. Petersburg, the scene of Twain's twin epic novels the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884) and the Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876).    

Big Sur (Jack Kerouac)
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Big Sur, California (4K) DJI Mavic Pro

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Along Highway 1 on the Caifornia Coast, there is a 150 km (90 mi) stretch running from San Simeon in the south to Carmel in the north.  Known as Big Sur, it is widely considered to be the most spectacular undeveloped are in the United States.  This drone film explores this magnificent stretch of coastline, which became a household name via the 1962 classic novel Big Sur by beatnik author Jack Kerouac, subsequently adapted to a screenplay by the same name in 2013.  

All the Pretty Horses (Cormac McCarthy)
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Parras Coahuila

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Thedronexperience created this beautiful drone video of the vineyards of Casa Madero. Recognized as one of the best winegrowing areas in Mexico, this beautiful scenery is located in the heart of Parras, a small city in north central Mexico which is one of the major wine growing areas of the country.  It is situated in the southern part the border state of Coahuila.  Parras Coahuila has now earned a place in literature: it was the setting for All the Pretty Horses (1992), Cormac McCarthy's first novel.

The Odyssey (Plato) and the Aenid (Virgil)
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Troia - Assos

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For centuries, scholars have debated whether the story of the 'Trojan Horse" has historical foundation.  Based on archaeological evidence, it is now believed that Troy, the city state which was at war with Athens and Sparta, was an actual city in western Turkey, near the present day city of Hisarlik.  In this drone video by jesus_tr, you'll get a look at the site from the second millennium BC, which was famously referenced in two of the greatest works of western literature: Virgil's Aenid and Plato's The Odyssey.  

The Shipping News (Annie Proulx)
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"The Rock": Newfoundland, Canada

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At the easternmost end of Canada is its Newfoundland province.  The province is comprised of two areas: the island of Newfoundland and the Labrador region of the mainland to its west.  Gtingle used a drone to create this aerial video shot in the winter of 2017, when ice freeze caused great disruption to the province's critical fishing industry.  The province and its relationship with the sea were memorably covered by E. Annie Proulx's 1992 Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Shipping News.

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