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Shunga - Edo Era - Artist Unknown
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona Erotic Museum

An unusual stroll through gentlemen's erotica demonstrates that pornography is timeless.
41.3823, 2.1726
The Capitol - Hopelessly Photogenic
Teboursouk, Tunisia

Dougga

The best preserved Roman small town in North Africa.
36.4237, 9.2203
Il Porcellino
Florence, Italy

Il Porcellino

This bronze boar's snout has been rubbed to a golden sheen by visitors seeking good fortune.
43.7699, 11.2542
Campo de Fiori
Rome, Italy

Campo de Fiori

This ritzy Italian market is built around a statue of an unforgiven heretic who was burned for his belief in an endless universe.
41.8956, 12.4722
La Zisa
Palermo, Italy

La Zisa

This Arabesque Italian castle was built with a primitive, if ingenious, air-conditioning system.
38.1169, 13.3411
Dante's Tomb, Ravenna
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.
44.4164, 12.2008
Syracuse, Italy

Ear of Dionysius

Italian cave with exceptional acoustics and an unsavory history.
37.0762, 15.2763
San Gimignano, Italy

Towers of San Gimignano

These medieval skyscrapers dominate the skyline of this small Tuscan town.
43.4676, 11.0431
(Kuriositas)
Pompei, Italy

Thermopolia of Pompeii

Ancient snack bar of the Roman Empire re-opened.
40.7507, 14.4841
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
Pyramid of Cestius
Rome, Italy

Pyramid of Cestius

The only "Egyptian" pyramid in Europe and the legendary tomb of Remus.
41.8766, 12.4809
Plaster cast of a dog at Pompeii.
Pompei, Italy

Plaster Citizens of Pompeii

The last moments of the ill-fated Pompeiians, frozen forever in plaster.
40.7516, 14.4903
Cats lounging on ancient architecture
Rome, Italy

Torre Argentina (Roman Cat Sanctuary)

Hundreds of lucky felines haunt the ruins where Caesar was murdered.
41.8959, 12.4765
Crypt of the Three Skeletons.
Rome, Italy

Santa Maria della Concezione Crypts

The crypts of Capuchin friars decorated with the bones of over 4,000 friars, including an entire "crypt of pelvises."
41.9047, 12.4882
Herculaneum
Ercolano, Italy

Herculaneum

Pompeii's less famous neighbor is still revealing her secrets.
40.8062, 14.3475
Palermo, Italy

Capuchin Monastery Catacombs

Catacombs with thousands of well-dressed mummies.
38.1119, 13.3392
Buffy the Neighborhood Watch Slayer
Toronto, Ontario

Toronto Neighbourhood Watch Signs

The Incredible Hulk, Yoda, Mulder and Scully, and many many others watch over the mean streets of Toronto.
43.6532, -79.3832
The stone lighthouse
Toronto, Ontario

The Gibraltar Point Lighthouse

The oldest landmark of Toronto is a testament to shifting sands.
43.6140, -79.3850
The colour coded directions are integrated into the signs.
Toronto, Ontario

Toronto PATH

The largest underground system of its kind runs under one of Canada's largest urban centers.
43.6487, -79.3781
Toronto, Ontario

R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant

This "Palace of Purification" has made many film appearances as a dark and sinister headquarters.
43.6745, -79.2795
Toronto, Ontario

CN Tower: The Tallest Metal Staircase on Earth

One of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World holds the world's tallest metal staircase.
43.6425, -79.3873
The Yorkville Rock
Toronto, Ontario

The Yorkville Rock

This massive, ancient stone was disassembled and then put back together again.
43.6700, -79.3923
View of Casa Loma from the garden
Toronto, Ontario

Casa Loma

A 98-room castle in the middle of Toronto that bankrupted a 19th century electricity multimillionaire.
43.6781, -79.4094
Toronto, Ontario

Lower Bay Station

Lost subway station nestled beneath Toronto's busy commuter line.
43.6697, -79.3895