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Genoa, Italy

Roman Polanski's Neptune

Massive galleon from a box-office bomb docked in Genoa.
Lucca, Italy

Torre Guinigi (Guinigi Tower)

Fortified medieval tower house with lovely roof garden.
Lucca, Italy

The Incorruptible St. Zita

The naturally mummified body of a peasant girl saint.
Masada, Israel

Masada

This daunting 1st century fortress was purportedly the site of one of the most dramatic revolts of the Jewish-Roman wars.
Ein Gedi, Israel

Dead Sea Sinkholes

As the Dead Sea continues to deplete, massive sinkholes open along its banks.
Kalabaka, Greece

Meteora

Monasteries on rock pillars, once accessible only by frayed ropes.
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Stari Most

Bridge that died in war and was resurected.
Chiusdino, Italy

The Sword in the Stone at Montesiepi Chapel

This sword isn't waiting for a king to pull it out. It was placed there by a saint.
Calcata Vecchia, Italy

Calcata

Medieval town turned hippie commune, once home to the secret foreskin of Jesus Christ.
Rome, Italy

Quartiere Coppedè

Architectureal fantasy quarter of Rome.
New Orleans, Louisiana

Fort Pike

Once defending the city of New Orleans from invasion by sea, this fort faces an uncertain future.
New Orleans, Louisiana

Ruins of Fort Macomb

The crumbling remains of a 19th-Century fortess.
Özkonak Belediyesi, Turkey

Özkonak Underground City

This ancient subterranean megalopolis is known for the hot oil traps that were installed above each of its entrances.
Denizli, Turkey

Pamukkale Water Terraces

Roman ruins top white travertine terraces formed by ancient hot springs.
San Bernardino, California

Kelso Dunes

The largest dune field in the Mojave offers a chance of hearing the 'singing sands.'
Page, Arizona

Horseshoe Bend

Dramatic river bend surrounds a natural red-rocked pedestal.
Istanbul, Turkey

Basilica Cisterns of Istanbul

A marvel of Byzantine engineering under the streets of Istanbul.
Clusone, Italy

The Triumph of Death

A medieval fresco which reminds visitors that death will come for us all.
Borgo a Mozzano, Italy

Ponte della Maddalena

A stunning bridge that appears as if it's lunging to the shore, and has a legend of a devilish architect.
Elbasan County, Albania

Bunkers of Albania

Hundreds of thousands of concrete bunkers crowd Albania long after the fall of Communism.
Andria, Italy

Castel del Monte

Geometry and mystery come together in an epic show of octagonal masonry.
Bari, Italy

Manna of St. Nicholas of Bari

A dead saint, a deadly poison, and a mysterious holy ooze.
Alberobello, Italy

Alberobello

Southern Italy's spinning top village.
Triora, Italy

The Town Of Witches

The location of the last witch trials of Italy, known as "The Salem of Europe."