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Naples, Italy

Via dei Presepi

Every day is like Christmas on this street where the traditional Neapolitan nativity scene comes to life.
Bologna, Italy

Towers of Bologna

Over 100 towers were built in Bologna during the Middle Ages, but only 22 survive.
Monselice, Italy

Church of San Giorgio

This Italian church is as beautiful as it is common, except for the real skulls decorating the many mannequins inside.
Pompei, Italy

The Brothels of Pompeii

Erotic art covers the walls of the largest ancient pleasure palace.
Pompei, Italy

Plaster Citizens of Pompeii

The last moments of the ill-fated Pompeiians, frozen forever in plaster.
Munich, Germany

Rathaus-Glockenspiel

Daily jousts and dancing barrel makers in Munich's mechanical clock.
Sasso di Castalda, Italy

Ponte alla Luna

Crossing this suspension bridge feels like walking through the sky, a fitting tribute to the head of the Apollo program.
Treviso, Italy

Fontana delle Tette

Centuries ago, red and white wine poured from the statue's breasts whenever a new Venetian ruler was elected.
Padua, Italy

St. Anthony's Tongue

The incorrupt tongue of the saint of lost things is venerated in this basilica.
Venice, Italy

Scala Contarini del Bovolo

This palatial spiral staircase was so unusual the name "snail" was given to the noble family who built it.
Venice, Italy

Giant Hands of Venice’s Grand Canal

A new sculpture calls attention to climate change in the centuries-old city it threatens.
Venice, Italy

Portrait of the Four Tetrarchs

This Roman statue is missing a limb from when the Venetians stole it from Constantinople during the Crusades.
Venice, Italy

Tomb of Antonio Canova

A sinister pyramid in the Frari contains the heart of the famous neoclassical sculptor.
Lessines, Belgium

Hopital Notre-Dame à la Rose

One of Belgium's oldest hospitals saw patients from the 13th to 20th centuries before becoming a museum.
Naples, Italy

Naples Underground

A labyrinth of ancient tunnels hidden below the city holds the ruins of 2,500 years of history.
Erto e Casso, Italy

Vajont Dam

When a massive landslide hit one of the world's tallest dams it created a tragic environmental disaster.
Rovigo, Italy

La Rotonda

A rare example of an octagonal Catholic church.
Dachau, Germany

Dachau Concentration Camp

Prototype for all Nazi concentration camps.
Schwangau, Germany

Neuschwanstein Castle

The fairy tale castle of the "fairy-tale king."
Lucerne, Switzerland

Dance of Death Bridge

This historic covered bridge contains a series of macabre paintings that communicate one thing: everyone dies.
Brussels, Belgium

Manneken Pis

A little sculpture with a large wardrobe.
Barcelona, Spain

Sagrada Família

Construction of Barcelona's iconic (but controversial) church is expected to be completed in 2026—a century after the death of its architect.
Venice, Italy

St. Mark's Clock Tower (Torre dell'Orologio)

Go inside to really appreciate this 500-year-old technological masterpiece.
Brussels, Belgium

The Atomium

Climb inside an iron crystal magnified 165 billion times its normal size.