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Casemates overlooking Alzette River
Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Bock Casemates

An expansive complex of subterranean tunnels is all that remains of one of Europe's most formidable medieval fortresses.
49.6117, 6.1367
Schiessentümpel
Beidweiler, Luxembourg

Schiessentümpel

This tri-part waterfall is a little bit of fairytale beauty in the heart of Luxembourg's Little Switzerland.
49.7848, 6.3009
Porta Nigra viewed from the south
Trier, Germany

Porta Nigra

The last bastion of Roman presence north of the Alps looms over a German town.
49.7597, 6.6441
The sculpture park.
Matera, Italy

La Palomba

An abandoned quarry hides an open-air gallery of huge sculptures, some made from the rubble of 9/11.
40.6812, 16.6047
Looking out onto la Civita, the city center, from an ancient grotto in Sassi di Matera.
Matera, Italy

Sassi di Matera

People have been living in the cave houses on this Italian hillside since the Neolithic era.
40.6658, 16.6117
Plaster cast of a dog at Pompeii.
Pompei, Italy

Plaster Citizens of Pompeii

The last moments of the ill-fated Pompeiians, frozen forever in plaster.
40.7516, 14.4903
Basilica San Nicola
Bari, Italy

Manna of St. Nicholas of Bari

A dead saint, a deadly poison, and a mysterious holy ooze.
41.1171, 16.8719
Palazzo Berri-Meregalli's ornate interior.
Milan, Italy

Palazzo Berri-Meregalli

This curious building hides eclectic details like medieval gargoyles alongside naked angels and Art Nouveau mosaics.
45.4704, 9.2035
Piazza Mercanti Milano, with the loggia on the right.
Milan, Italy

Loggia dei Mercanti Whispering Gallery

The secret medieval communication system will whisk your words above the noise of the crowd.
45.4646, 9.1877
The Marble Ear of Casa Sola-Busca
Milan, Italy

The Bronze Ear of Casa Sola-Busca

Before there were doorbells this bronze ear was installed for visitors to announce their arrival.
45.4697, 9.2019
the Devil's column
Milan, Italy

The Devil's Column

The mark of the Devil's horns on a marble column in Milan.
45.4640, 9.1757
The statue with Palazzo Mezzanotte on the background
Milan, Italy

L.O.V.E.

This giant middle finger statue sends an unambiguous message to Italy's bankers.
45.4646, 9.1836
Milan, Italy

San Bernardino alle Ossa

An ossuary built in 1210 to collect bones from the Ospedale Maggiore of Milan.
45.4626, 9.1955
Herculaneum
Ercolano, Italy

Herculaneum

Pompeii's less famous neighbor is still revealing her secrets.
40.8062, 14.3475
In the upper station
Naples, Italy

Funicolare Centrale

In a city that boasts four separate inclined cable railways, this is one of the busiest funicular lines in the world.
40.8389, 14.2478
"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
Naples, Italy

The Anatomical Machines of Cappella Sansevero

These "anatomical machines" are only one of the many strange items in this Italian crypt.
40.8492, 14.2548
Nine Views
Zagreb, Croatia

Nine Views

This scale model of our solar system hid in plain sight for years before a physics team sought out all the planets.
45.8348, 15.9708
Overview
Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb's Museum of Broken Relationships

Where the lovelorn find a home for their sentimental keepsakes.
45.8158, 15.9736
The gallery of maps, showing the ceiling
Città del Vaticano, Vatican City

Gallery of Maps - Galleria delle Carte Geografiche

Breathtaking and huge 430 year old maps of Italy.
41.9065, 12.4534
Inside the Passetto
Rome, Italy

Passetto di Borgo

The Pope’s secret escape route.
41.9027, 12.4664
Marks left on a small wooden table and on the sleeve and chemise of the Venerable Mother Isabella Fornari, abbess of the Poor Clares of the Monastery of St. Francis in Todi. The four marks were left by the deceased Fr. Panzini, former Abbot Olivetano of Mantua, on the 1st November 1731.
Rome, Italy

Museum of the Holy Souls in Purgatory

A collection of objects supposedly singed by the hands of souls in purgatory.
41.9039, 12.4725
Campo de Fiori
Rome, Italy

Campo de Fiori

This ritzy Italian market is built around a statue of an unforgiven heretic who was burned for his belief in an endless universe.
41.8956, 12.4722
Tempietto at San Pietro in Montorio
Rome, Italy

Tempietto at San Pietro in Montorio

More sculpture than building, this architecturally significant temple was built on the spot of Saint Peter's crucifixion.
41.8886, 12.4665