Royal Palace of Caserta, Italy
Appears in: The Phantom Menace (1999)
The royal residence of Queen Amidala in The Phantom Menace is one of the most impressive locales in the Star Wars universe. The Theed Royal Palace in Naboo is spectacular with its sea-foam green domes, marble columns, and grand towers set on a lofty cliff trimmed with thundering waterfalls.
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.