Its real-world counterpart may not be as extraordinary, but the Royal Palace of Caserta is still magnificent and certainly worth a visit. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for one. And it’s the largest royal residence in the world by volume, featuring a Versailles-inspired garden, several beautiful fountains, cascading waterfalls, 1,200 splendid rooms, and 34 stairways including the Royal Staircase.
For less than $20, visitors can tour the royal apartments, walk the painting galleries, see the Palatine Chapel, and explore its enormous gardens. Take a languid pace, and breathe in the crisp air of the rural idyll.
How to get there: The palace is about 30 minutes away from Naples, a quick day trip. Rent a car or join a guided tour.