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Pompeii, Italy

Plaster Citizens of Pompeii

The last moments of the ill-fated Pompeiians, frozen forever in plaster.
Pompeii, Italy

The Brothels of Pompeii

Erotic art covers the walls of the largest ancient pleasure palace.
Monreale, Italy

Borgo Schiro

Abandoned village in Sicily built during the agricultural reforms of Mussolini.
Sicily, Italy

Cretto di Gibellina

Leveled by an earthquake, this Italian village is now preserved as a concrete art project.
Poggioreale, Italy

Ruins of Poggioreale

This entire town moved to a safe location after it was devastated by an earthquake, but the remains of the original town are still around.
Palermo, Italy

Galleria delle Vittorie

An abandoned shopping gallery built during Fascist Italy tucked in the center of Palermo.
Palermo, Italy

Arabic Inscription of Palermo Cathedral

Why a column on the entrance is inscribed with a verse from the Quran is one of Sicily's many mysteries.
Palermo, Italy

Capuchin Monastery Catacombs

Catacombs with thousands of well-dressed mummies.
Palermo, Italy

La Zisa

This Arabesque Italian castle was built with a primitive, if ingenious, air-conditioning system.
Palermo, Italy

Cappella Palatina

Every inch of this chapel is covered in craftsmanship from across the world.
Belpasso, Italy

Mount Etna

The world's most active stratovolcano is almost always erupting.
Catania, Italy

Elephant Fountain

A mysterious ancient elephant said to possess magic powers is now the symbol of a Sicilian city.
Bari, Italy

Manna of St. Nicholas of Bari

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

Sassi di Matera

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

La Palomba

An abandoned quarry hides an open-air gallery of huge sculptures, some made from the rubble of 9/11.
Andria, Italy

Castel del Monte

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

House of the Shells

One Italian taxi driver covered his entire house in small seashells creating a weird bit of architecture that is preserved to this day.
Città di San Marino, San Marino

Prisoner Art of Guaita Tower

High in the clouds of San Marino sits an ancient tower with some curious prisoner graffiti.
Bologna, Italy

Finestrella di Via Piella

A small window on Via Piella offers a lovely and rare peek at Bologna's lost canals.
Modena, Italy

Nautilus Antiques and Old Oddities

David Sedaris called it "The greatest shop in the world."
Modena, Italy

San Cataldo Cemetery

This ultra-modern burial building would have stacked the dead like a giant filing cabinet.
Cervia, Italy

Woodpecker Disco

A domed disco abandoned since the '70s now attracts artists and explorers under its unique roof.
Ravenna, Italy

Dante's Tomb

Italian poet Dante Alighieri is entombed in this small mausoleum in Ravenna, and his hometown of Florence has never been too happy about it.
Ravenna, Italy

Flooded Crypt of San Francesco

Filled with goldfish swimming in a shallow pool of sea water, this ancient crypt is more wishing well than burial site.