2. Savoca, Italy

Villages in Europe are a terrific backdrop for the movies. If you’ve seen The Godfather, you will recognize Savoca in Sicily. The film couldn’t be shot in Corleone because it is seen modern development that defied the description and the time. Savoca was therefore the perfect setting with the Chiesa de Santa Lucia where Michael and Appollonia were married and Bar Vitelli on Piazza Fossia, Appollonia’s family’s business. Terrific photographs can be taken from the ruins of Castello di Pentefur which stand guard over Savoca and for something a little macabre why not visit the Cappuncini Monastery to view a collection of mummified monks which date back to the 1700s.