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Tissington, England

Derbyshire Well Dressing

The tradition of using flowers to decorate wells is once again thriving in England.
Pembroke, Wales

Wogan Cavern

A spiral staircase connects the limestone cave with Pembroke Castle, birthplace of King Henry VII.
Belper, England

Strutt's North Mill

This industrial gem was one of the earliest examples of a metal-framed building.
Cricqueville-en-Bessin, France

Pointe du Hoc

A daring D-Day assault by U.S. Army Rangers is commemorated atop the high cliffs of this strategic point.
Haxey, England

The Haxey Hood

One of England's oldest ongoing games is basically a town-wide scrummage that aims to push a leather tube into a local pub.
Pisa, Italy

Guy Rope Anchors for the Leaning Tower of Pisa

The only visible reminders of an elaborate engineering project that kept the tower from reaching the tipping point.
Coventry, England

Ruins of St. Mary's Priory Cathedral

All that remains of the only English cathedral destroyed in the Protestant Reformation.
Chesterfield, England

Stone Edge Cupola

This chimney is the oldest free standing industrial chimney in Britain.
Devon, England

Exercise Tiger Memorial

A disastrous D-Day rehearsal was relatively unknown until this sunken tank was discovered 40 years later.
West Stockwith, England

The Trent Aegir

In the right conditions a wall of water up to five feet tall flows upstream against the current on the River Trent.
Denver, England

The Denver Sluice Complex

This little-known hero has been protecting "The Fens" for close to 400 years, and now from its most powerful challenger yet: climate change.
Wrexham, Wales

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

The longest and tallest aqueduct in Britain can actually be sailed across.
Castleton, England

Peak Cavern's Rope Factory

Some of England's last cave dwellers lived and worked within this huge cave.
Coreglia Antelminelli, Italy

Museum of Plaster Figurines and Emigration

The link between these two seemingly disparate themes is crucial to the history of this Tuscan hill town.
Borgo a Mozzano, Italy

Gothic Line Fortifications

The only substantial part of Nazi Germany's formidable defensive line through Northern Italy that survives today, largely intact.
Rome, Italy

The Mithraeum at Circus Maximus

The underground sanctuary of a mysterious ancient cult.
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."
Rome, Italy

Meridian Line of the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels and the Martyrs

Installed in an act of one-upsmanship, the annual sundial in this church is also a symbolic victory for the Gregorian calendar.
Rome, Italy

Sculpture of Giovanni Paolo II

A sculpture serving as an homage to Pope John Paul II.
Rome, Italy

Cloaca Maxima

The "Greatest Sewer" of ancient Rome is one of the oldest sewer systems in the world, and is still in use.
Castelnovo ne' Monti, Italy

Pietra Di Bismantova

An Italian geologic wonder that served as the inspiration for the landscape of Dante's hell.
Vagli Sopra, Italy

Lago di Vagli

This Tuscan lake hides a 13th century town that is still visible when the water recedes.
Pistoia, Italy

Brazilian Military Cemetery of Pistoia

A memorial to Brazil's little-known role in World War II.
Collodi, Italy

Tallest Wooden Pinocchio in the World

The towering Pinocchio stands 63 feet tall in the Italian village his creator frequented as a child.