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Places visited in San Gimignano, Italy
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Sagrat Cor, the church at the very top of Tibidabo. (Wikimedia Commons)
Barcelona, Spain

Tibidabo

Mountain where Jesus was first tempted by the Devil.
41.4218, 2.1191
Istanbul, Turkey

Basilica Cisterns of Istanbul

A marvel of Byzantine engineering under the streets of Istanbul.
41.0084, 28.9779
1513 Piri Reis Map portion
Istanbul, Turkey

Piri Reis Map at Topkapi Palace

1513 Turkish world map, full of European state secrets and snarky commentary.
41.0115, 28.9833
Munich, Germany

Rathaus-Glockenspiel

Daily jousts and dancing barrel makers in Munich's mechanical clock.
48.1378, 11.5759
City's sign lists local sights but not the infamous camp. (spinkk/Atlas Obscura)
Dachau, Germany

Dachau Concentration Camp

Prototype for all Nazi concentration camps.
48.2594, 11.4343
Schwangau, Germany

Neuschwanstein Castle

The fairy tale castle of the "fairy-tale king."
47.5574, 10.7495
Puteaux, France

'Le Pouce,' The Giant Thumb Sculpture

César Baldaccini's iconic sculpture of a 40-foot thumb stands tall in Paris' La Défense.
48.8914, 2.2409
Pont de la Concorde
Paris, France

Pont de la Concorde

Bridge built from the rubble of the Bastille prison.
48.8634, 2.3196
Paris, France

Foucault's Pendulum and the Paris Pantheon

19th century pendulum and a clock restored by a rogue group of guerilla artists.
48.8468, 2.3459
Berlin, Germany

Bahnhof Berlin Zoologischer Garten

Metro station with a claim to rock n' roll fame.
52.5076, 13.3336
Berlin, Germany

Berlin-Friedrichstrasse Railway Station

Cold war icon and onetime "hole" in the iron curtain.
52.5203, 13.3869
Berlin, Germany

Arthouse Tacheles

An old department store turned Nazi prison turned artist commune.
52.5258, 13.3886
Berlin, Germany

Pergamon Museum

The most visited, and possibly most controversial museum in Germany.
52.5212, 13.3969
Medieval torture devices including a maiden on the right.
San Gimignano, Italy

The Museum of Medieval Torture

Medieval torture techniques with a modern conscience.
43.4648, 11.0426
San Gimignano, Italy

Towers of San Gimignano

These medieval skyscrapers dominate the skyline of this small Tuscan town.
43.4676, 11.0431
Florence, Italy

Fresco of John Hawkwood

In Florence's great Duomo, a 26 foot fresco honors a mercenary famous for attacking Florence.
43.7735, 11.2566
Florence, Italy

Ospedale degli Innocenti (Hospital of the Innocents)

Renaissance hospital featuring a rotating door into which unwanted babies were dropped.
43.7763, 11.2612
Leonardo's Horse, Milan
Milan, Italy

Leonardo's Horse - Il Cavallo dello Sforza

Da Vinci's equestrian statue, 500 years in the making.
45.4809, 9.1296
The strange creature on the Duomo portal
Milan, Italy

Milan's Duomo "Dinosaur"

Milan's duomo is covered in beautiful carving including a curious "dinosaur-like" beast.
45.4637, 9.1917
View from across Piazza San Marco.
Venice, Italy

St. Mark's Clock Tower - Torre dell'Orologio

Go inside to really appreciate this 500-year-old technological masterpiece.
45.4347, 12.3389
Juliet's balcony
Verona, Italy

Juliet's Balcony

Pilgrimage site for star-crossed lovers.
45.4418, 10.9984