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Places visited in Todmorden, England
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Precariously perched.
North Yorkshire, England

Norber Erratics

A group of glacial erratic boulders improbably balanced on white limestone pedestals.
54.1252, -2.3523
 Basilica of San Vitale.
Ravenna, Italy

Basilica of San Vitale

This 6th-century church has the largest and best-preserved collection of Byzantine mosaics outside Constantinople.
44.4202, 12.1960
(Flickr/muscolinos)
Caltagirone, Italy

Ceramic Steps of Caltagirone

142 ceramic steps become a mosaic once a year.
37.2372, 14.5132
Tiberius
Capri, Italy

Villa Jovis

The Emperor Tiberius' palace of debauchery.
40.5583, 14.2622
Ravello, Italy

Terrace of Infinity at Villa Cimbrone

Beautiful views and Roman-style statues on the Italian coast.
40.6442, 14.6111
Lucca, Italy

Torre Guinigi (Guinigi Tower)

Fortified medieval tower house with lovely roof garden.
43.8437, 10.5070
(Flickr/Elizabeth Thomsen)
Alberobello, Italy

Alberobello

Southern Italy's spinning top village.
40.7862, 17.2376
Fresco erotic scene in the Lupanar
Pompei, Italy

The Ancient Brothels of Pompeii

In the Lupanare Grande the walls are still adorned with the services there offered.
40.7503, 14.4868
(Kuriositas)
Pompei, Italy

Thermopolia of Pompeii

Ancient snack bar of the Roman Empire re-opened.
40.7507, 14.4841
The house's current drab appearance is in part due to being dressed down (and contents removed) during WWII to protect its collection from the Nazis.
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.
41.9051, 12.4868
Belpasso, Italy

Mount Etna

The world's most active stratovolcano is almost always erupting.
37.7498, 14.9998
Inside the Golden House.
Rome, Italy

Domus Aurea

The insane pleasure dome of ancient Rome's lunatic emperor still holds the undiscovered secrets of his mad imagination.
41.8905, 12.4948
"Venus Kallipygos" - "Venus with the lovely ass"
Naples, Italy

Gabinetto Segreto

The once forbidden "secret cabinet" of erotic art from excavations of Pompeii and Herculaneum.
40.8532, 14.2509
The Mouth of Truth
Rome, Italy

The Mouth of Truth

The yawning maw of this pagan visage is said to bite off the hands of liars.
41.8888, 12.4816
Herculaneum
Ercolano, Italy

Herculaneum

Pompeii's less famous neighbor is still revealing her secrets.
40.8062, 14.3475
Marvelous temple ruins.
Calatafimi, Italy

Temple of Segesta

This amazingly preserved Doric temple was abandoned before it was ever completed.
37.9414, 12.8325
Uffington White Horse.
Oxfordshire, England

Uffington White Horse

The granddaddy of English geoglyphs dates back to the late Bronze Age.
51.5777, -1.5666
Looking into the barrow from the entrance.
Wiltshire, England

West Kennet Long Barrow

It's possible to walk inside one of the largest Neolithic tombs in Britain.
51.4085, -1.8500
Waco Mammoth Site
Waco, Texas

Waco Mammoth Site

Visitors can walk over the largest concentration of Columbian mammoths to have died from one event.
31.6077, -97.1700
Monument to the Soviet Army
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.
42.6917, 23.3364
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Sofia
Sofia, Bulgaria

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

A striking symbol of the Bulgarian capital.
42.6958, 23.3330
London, England

Tipu's Tiger

A delightful crank-operated pipe organ depicts a tiger calmly devouring a hapless colonial.
51.4971, -0.1728
30-foot-tall 'Eye' sculpture in Dallas, Texas.
Dallas, Texas

'Eye' Sculpture

This downtown Dallas art installation is always on the lookout.
32.7811, -96.7982
Re-chiseled swastika
Copenhagen, Denmark

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek Ghost Swastikas

The art museum is decorated with creatively remodeled pre-Nazi swastikas.
55.6729, 12.5725