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Gloucestershire, England

Chedworth Roman Villa

Deep in the countryside lie the remains of one of the grandest Roman dwellings in Britain.
Bourton-on-the-Water, England

Bourton-on-the-Water Model Village

A miniature village mimics the surrounding buildings so well it includes itself.
Oxfordshire, England

Oxford Botanic Garden

The fantastic charm of England's oldest botanical garden has made it a place of writerly inspiration for centuries.
Aldbury, England

Bridgewater Monument

You can climb to the top of the column built to honor the "father of British inland navigation."
North Yorkshire, England

Norber Erratics

A group of glacial erratic boulders improbably balanced on white limestone pedestals.
Ravenna, Italy

Basilica of San Vitale

This 6th-century church has the largest and best-preserved collection of Byzantine mosaics outside Constantinople.
Caltagirone, Italy

Ceramic Steps of Caltagirone

142 ceramic steps become a mosaic once a year.
Capri, Italy

Villa Jovis

The Emperor Tiberius' palace of debauchery.
Ravello, Italy

Terrace of Infinity at Villa Cimbrone

Beautiful views and Roman-style statues on the Italian coast.
Lucca, Italy

Torre Guinigi (Guinigi Tower)

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

Alberobello

Southern Italy's spinning top village.
Pompei, Italy

The Ancient Brothels of Pompeii

In the Lupanare Grande the walls are still adorned with the services there offered.
Pompei, Italy

Thermopolia of Pompeii

Ancient snack bar of the Roman Empire re-opened.
Rome, Italy

Keats-Shelley Memorial House

Museum dedicated to literary greats of the Romantic Period is also the home in which Keats met his untimely end.
Belpasso, Italy

Mount Etna

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

Domus Aurea

The insane pleasure dome of ancient Rome's lunatic emperor still holds the undiscovered secrets of his mad imagination.
Naples, Italy

Gabinetto Segreto

The once forbidden "secret cabinet" of erotic art from excavations of Pompeii and Herculaneum.
Rome, Italy

The Mouth of Truth

The yawning maw of this pagan visage is said to bite off the hands of liars.
Ercolano, Italy

Herculaneum

Pompeii's less famous neighbor is still revealing her secrets.
Calatafimi, Italy

Temple of Segesta

This amazingly preserved Doric temple was abandoned before it was ever completed.
Oxfordshire, England

Uffington White Horse

The granddaddy of English geoglyphs dates back to the late Bronze Age.
Wiltshire, England

West Kennet Long Barrow

It's possible to walk inside one of the largest Neolithic tombs in Britain.
Waco, Texas

Waco Mammoth Site

Visitors can walk over the largest concentration of Columbian mammoths to have died from one event.
Sofia, Bulgaria

Monument to the Soviet Army

A Bulgarian monument to Russia's role in World War II is constantly being painted in pop culture protest.