STAR WARS

Episode I: The Phantom Menace gets a bit po-faced and doesn’t match up to the original trilogy, but there’s no denying the sheer spectacle of the films, in part due to the fantastic locations around Tunisia and Italy.It’s back to Tunisia for the ‘Tatooine’ scenes, this time at Tozeur – also a location for Anthony Minghella’s The English Patient.Young Anakin’s slave-quarter home is a ksar (originally a grain store) in Medenine, about 35 miles southeast of Matmata in southern Tunisia. The last remaining square of this once-vast complex has been turned into a bustling bazaar at avenue 7 Novembre in the centre of the town.The narrow street, in which Anakin says goodbye to his mother, runs behind the square.

You’ll need a four-wheel-drive vehicle, and probably a guide, to visit the site of ‘Mos Espa’ among the dunes of Chott el Gharsa. The Chott is north of Nefta, an oasis town across the dry salt lake of Chott el Jerid in western Tunisia, near the Algerian border.