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Bologna, Italy

Bologna Centrale Station Clock

Time has been frozen at this station since the bombing in 1980—or so it was believed.
Mercogliano, Italy

Montevergine Sanctuary

During World War II, the Shroud of Turin was secreted to this remote southern Italian complex.
Venice, Italy

Church of San Giacomo di Rialto

According to tradition, the oldest church in Venice, but its actual age is a mystery.
Venice, Italy

Ponte delle Tette

In the past, Renaissance sex workers were encouraged to entice customers on this bridge.
Rovigo, Italy

Pighin Tower

Inside this medieval defense tower stands a modern residential building.
Montagnana, Italy

Castle of San Zeno

A medieval castle was used for centuries as a hemp farm.
Convento Praglia, Italy

Praglia Abbey

In this nearly 1,000-year-old monastery, monks painstakingly restore old books.
Capri, Italy

Arco Naturale (Natural Arch)

This clifftop arch is a nature-made sculpture that offers stunning vistas.
Classe, Italy

Sarcophagi of the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare in Classe

Numerous stone coffins from different centuries, lined up in a sixth century basilica.
Porto Tolle, Italy

Polesine Camerini Power Station

The chimney of a shuttered power station in the Po Delta is the second-tallest structure in Italy.
Naples, Italy

Lipsanothecae of the Chapel of Saint Francesco de Geronimo

The relics of dozens of martyrs are stored in a single chapel.
Vicenza, Italy

Torre Bissara

One of the tallest bell towers in Italy plays a particular melody at just two times each day.
Calda, Italy

Terme Lucane

A small thermal park among the mountains of Southern Italy features a surprising piece of modern art.
Verona, Italy

Biblioteca Capitolare of Verona

One of the oldest libraries in the world is still operating and contains the oldest existing document in the Italian language.
Este, Italy

Castello Carrarese di Este

The origins of a large, medieval castle are shrouded in mystery, but now it's a delightful garden.
Cittadella, Italy

Cittadella City Walls

Featuring the last fully walkable parapet walkway in Europe.
Rovigo, Italy

Towers of Rovigo

All that is left of this medieval castle is two towers, both of which now display a visible tilt.
Sarsina, Italy

Sarsina Cathedral

The collar worn by a fourth-century saint resides in this church, and is still used for blessings to this day.
Naples, Italy

Porta Nolana

This medieval city gate is now a blend of the past and the modern world.
Naples, Italy

Ruins of Liternum

A former Roman town that was once the home of Scipio Africanus.
Tournai, Belgium

Belfry of Tournai

After the construction of a nearby cathedral obstructed the view, the oldest belfry in Belgium was more than doubled in height.
Pula, Croatia

Pula Arena

One of the best-preserved Roman amphitheaters is still used today, but for less brutal events.
Mantua, Italy

Rotonda di San Lorenzo

The oldest church in Mantua was buried for centuries under the facades of other structures.
Ferrara, Italy

Palazzo dei Diamanti

This Renaissance palace features a unique architectural design and is now home to the Ferrara National Art Gallery.