4. SICILY’S TOP DETECTIVEInspector Montalbano’s house in Punta Secca – Sicily, Italy
The Sicilian answer to Midsomer Murders, except with more sunshine and better-dressed criminals, Inspector Montalbano is Italy’s foremost crime-fighting export. The real star of the show, however, is the landscape of Sicily, never a place lacking in organised crime, but also blessed with shady lemon groves, crumbling palazzi and secluded coves where smugglers hide their stashes.
The inspector’s fictional hometown of Vigàta was based on Porto Empedocle, but played on TV by the fishing village of Punta Secca. Here, devotees can check in to La Casa di Montalbano – a b&b in Montalbano’s on-screen home, with a veranda overlooking the sea where he takes his morning swim.
Arrive: Comiso Airport is 15 miles from Punta Secca, with Ryanair flights to Stansted. Catania, two hours’ drive away, has a wider choice of flights from the UK.
5. NEW YORK GIRLS-STYLEThe High Line – New York, USA
“You are from New York, therefore you are just naturally interesting,” proclaims Hannah Horvath, the protagonist of Girls.
If you find this NYC comedy-drama naturally interesting, kick off a tour at the handsome Warwick New York Hotel in Midtown, where Hannah is told that her parents are cutting off her funding in the first episode. From here, take the subway to the High Line, the railway-turned-park where Marnie tries to take a romantic late night walk; turn up in daylight hours for views across the Hudson. The next day, head to Café Grumpy in Greenpoint, where Hannah briefly worked, and the nearby block on India Street where she and her flatmates live.
Arrive: American, BA, Delta, Virgin Atlantic and others fly to New York from the UK.
6. GAME OF THRONES IN DUBROVNIKDubrovnik – Croatia
Chosen for its soaring battlements and heroic sea vistas, Dubrovnik doubles as King’s Landing and other Game of Thrones locations. Chunks of the Croatian town are regularly closed off for filming, with off-duty Lannister henchmen eating ice creams on the quays.
Even outside filming season, highlights include the steps leading to Petyr Baelish’s brothel (the real-life Ethnographic Museum) and the fortresses of Bokar and Lovrijenac, which star during the Battle of the Blackwater. Finish at Trsteno Aboretum, seen on screen as the palace gardens where Westeros’s bigwigs wander the palm-lined pathways and gaze philosophically out over the Adriatic.
Arrive: BA flies year-round to Dubrovnik from Gatwick, with easyJet, Jet2, Monarch, Norwegian and Thomson offering summer flights.
Stay: Feel like a power-broker yourself at Pucić Palace, located in a converted aristocrat’s mansion on an old town square.