Von Ryan’s Express Starring Frank Sinatra and a host of film stars of the day achieved this films success using (at the time) state of the art special affects using aeroplanes, trains and tanks. It was shot on location around Northern Italy in Cortina d’Ampezzo and Firenze Santa Maria Novella railway station in Florence.
But, did you know that the railway sequence at the film’s conclusion was filmed in the limestone gorge of El Chorro and the area around the Caminito del Rey?
The voice over for the trailer just makes you want to get out to the cinema!
This is the famous death defying video BEFORE the rebuilding work was completed and also before some people lost their lives and the authorities closed the path. It is worth a watch especially the bit when he tightrope walks across a large gap with a 100 metres of nothing below him!
Quite frankly, the helicopter in this video transporting materials for the restoration is very, very close to the wall of the mountain. The pilot is daring indeed. The faces on some of the politicians “inspecting” the work are pictures of fear. :)… Take a look at the video and you get an idea of what it must have been like over 100 years ago constructing this aerial walkway without the use of helicopters and other modern technology….
Caminito del Rey tourist information -El Chorro – Hotel booking – Activities – The Guadalhorce lakes.
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