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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.
40.7492, 14.5007
"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
Rome, Italy

Sculpture of Giovanni Paolo II

A sculpture serving as an homage to Pope John Paul II
41.9015, 12.5004
Crypt of the Three Skeletons
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."
41.9047, 12.4882
Galileo's Middle Finger
Florence, Italy

Galileo's Middle Finger

The middle finger of modernity
43.7677, 11.2560
Lucca, Italy

The Incorruptible St. Zita

The naturally mummified body of a peasant girl saint
43.8452, 10.5052
(Cannon Films Archive)
Genoa, Italy

Roman Polanski's Neptune

Massive galleon from a box-office bomb docked in Genoa
44.4102, 8.9273
The gallery of maps, showing the ceiling
Città del Vaticano, Vatican

Gallery of Maps - Galleria delle Carte Geografiche

Breathtaking and huge 430 year old maps of Italy
41.9029, 12.4534
Genova, Italy

Cimitero Monumentale di Staglieno

A stunning cemetery famous for its extraordinarily delicate & lifelike mourning sculptures
44.4302, 8.9503
Rome, Italy

Porta Alchemica

An alchemist's "magic door" stands in the middle of a Roman park
41.8951, 12.5037
Colonia Fara
Chiavari, Italy

Colonia Fara

This former fascist summer camp is now an abandoned ruin
44.3205, 9.3103