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Portici, Italy

Palace of Portici

Before the more famous Royal Palace of Caserta, the king of Naples first commissioned this overlooked residence.
Matera, Italy

Sassi di Matera

People have been living in the cave houses on this Italian hillside since the Neolithic era.
Matera, Italy

Chiesa del Purgatorio

Skulls and skeletons are omnipresent in this church dedicated to souls trapped in purgatory.
Pescara, Italy

'L'approdo della Nave' ('The Ship Landing')

A galley-shaped memorial to the prisoners of an infamous fortress.
Bologna, Italy

Museum for the Memory of Ustica

The wreckage of a tragic plane crash is on display at this museum devoted to a famous Italian conspiracy.
Montagnana, Italy

Castle of San Zeno

A medieval castle was used for centuries as a hemp farm.
Pavia, Italy

Monumento alla Lavandaia

An ode to the washerwomen who called Pavia home.
Livorno, Italy

Ex-Votos of Santuario di Montenero

This Tuscan church contains a gallery of over 700 ex-votos depicting near-death experiences.
Venice, Italy

Torre Massimiliana

This sturdy, circular stronghold served as one of the forts that protected the Venetian Lagoon.
Imola, Italy

Rocca Sforzesca

This castle was once the home of one of the most powerful women of the Renaissance.
Turin, Italy

'Baci Rubati' ('Stolen Kisses')

This building has a giant piercing through one of its corners.
Pisa, Italy

Orto Botanico di Pisa (Botanical Garden of Pisa)

The first botanical garden, a feather in the cap of the Grand Duke of Tuscany.
Lecce, Italy

Roman Amphitheater of Lecce

A long-buried ancient ruin unearthed right in the middle of the city.
Favara, Italy

Farm Cultural Park

This constantly evolving art space saved an Italian town from its own crippling reputation.
Cittaducale, Italy

Sunken Church of San Vittorino

The marshy karst plain has reclaimed this beautiful 17th-century church.
Lampedusa e Linosa, Italy

Rabbit Islet

Contrary to what its name suggests, you won't find any bunnies here.
Colobraro, Italy

Colobraro

Just saying the name of this town out loud is said to bring bad luck.
Bari, Italy

Manna of St. Nicholas of Bari

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

Church of San Giorgio

This Italian church is as beautiful as it is common, except for the real skulls decorating the many mannequins inside.
Romeno, Italy

San Romedio Sanctuary

A stunning hermit's shrine on a steep rocky spur in Northern Italy.
Paulilatino, Italy

Well of Santa Cristina

This elaborate hole in the ground was built as a sacred site for an ancient civilization.
Chiavari, Italy

Colonia Fara

This former fascist summer camp was abandoned for decades.
Messina, Italy

The House of Cavaliere

An eccentric home in Sicily turns heads on a regular basis.
Tramonti di sotto, Italy

Pàlcoda Ghost Town

This overgrown mountain village has been abandoned for nearly a century.