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Lovere, Italy

Vicolo dei Libri (Book Alley)

Exchange a book at the entrance of this medieval Lovere alley.
Vaduz, Liechtenstein

Schloss Vaduz

Liechtenstein's royal family calls this medieval alpine castle home.
Leggiuno, Italy

Santa Caterina del Sasso

This monastery built into a cliff hides a perfectly preserved hermit in a glass coffin.
Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Thailand

Buddha Head in Tree Roots

One of Ayutthaya’s most iconic locations is a mysterious, hauntingly surreal miracle.
Bergamo, Italy

Ex-Chiesa di San Michele all’Arco

Angels and demons watch over newspapers in this deconsecrated church.
Skopje, North Macedonia

The Statues of Skopje

These abundant, over-the-top monuments are so widely scattered that they define the entire compact capital cityscape, often leading to jokes about whether there are more statues than residents.
Bagolino, Italy

Bagolino Old Cemetery

An ancient cemetery hides behind a line of disparate chapels.
Bergamo, Italy

Visconti-Sforza Tarot Cards

Beautifully decorated tarot cards from the Middle Ages.
Solferino, Italy

The Ossuary at San Pietro

The bones of some 7,000 soldiers killed in the historic Battle of Solferino are stored here.
Mantua, Italy

Casa di Rigoletto

A small villa said to have inspired the design of the court jester at the heart of Giuseppe Verdi's 1851 opera.
Mantua, Italy

Mantua Cathedral (Cattedrale di San Pietro)

The seat of the Mantua bishop holds many secrets within its walls.
Mantua, Italy

Torre della Gabbia (Tower Cage)

A medieval tower with a suspended iron cage used as an open-air jail for criminals who were exposed as a warning.
Mantua, Italy

Sala dei Giganti (Chamber of the Giants)

A room filled with frescos that make it seem like the walls are crumbling down while giants die in despair.
Mantua, Italy

Dropped Triglyphs of Palazzo Te

An architectural oddity where the triglyphs of the courtyard of walls create an optical illusion.
Bucharest, Romania

Solacula Inn

An abandoned pasta factory in the centre of Bucharest, once home to Bulgarian revolutionaries and a hub of crime.
Albino, Italy

'La Via delle Pietre'

Musings of an artist carved into a rural stonewall.
Iceland

Heinabergslón

A little-known, yet charming glacial lagoon.
Bagolino, Italy

NATO Troposcatter Station IDGZ

This abandoned IDGZ station was one of 49 troposcatter stations in the NATO ACE High network.
Kneževo, Serbia

Spomenik Mramor

A neglected spomenik overlooking the beautiful Kopaonik Mountains.
Lallio, Italy

Church of San Bernardino

The walls of this tiny Italian church are entirely covered with frescoes.
Pristina, Kosovo

Church of Christ the Saviour

An unfinished Serbian Orthodox church with 1,389 golden crosses planned to represent the Battle of Kosovo.
Belgrade, Serbia

Monument to the Victims of the Sajmište Concentration Camp

Memorial to the victims of the Holocaust in Serbia.
Hvalfjarðarvegur, Iceland

Beached Whalers

Two whaling vessels that were sunk by an anti-whaling organization in 1986 now sit on the shore of this beautiful fjord.
Vientiane, Laos

Wat Si Muang

This Khmer temple is named after a young woman who sacrificed herself to protect the city from a disastrous deluge.