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Rome, Italy

Burcardo Theater Museum

Harlequin costumes, signed scripts, and armor-wearing puppets.
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.
Greccio, Italy

Sanctuary of Greccio

One of the four sanctuaries of Rieti's Holy Valley was the site of the first living nativity scene.
Ascoli Piceno, Italy

Basilica di San Frances Musical Pillars

These pillars at the main entrance of this church are actually a hidden musical instrument.
Gallicano nel Lazio, Italy

Ponte Lupo

A colossal aqueduct from the second century B.C., deeply hidden in a gorge on the outskirts of Rome.
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.
Livorno, Italy

Ex-Votos of Santuario di Montenero

This Tuscan church contains a gallery of over 700 ex-votos depicting near-death experiences.
Rome, Italy

Tomba di Nerone (Tomb of Nero)

Known for centuries as the famous Roman emperor's burial place, this monument is actually something else.
Rocchetta Alta, Italy

Rocchetta a Volturno

This medieval settlement was abandoned after a series of landslides. What remained was largely destroyed during a mock battle for a WWII film reel.
Florence, Italy

Massimo Listri Foundation

An extraordinary house museum and cabinet of curiosities in the heart of Florence.
Sabaudia, Italy

Sabaudia

A town saturated in Italian rationalist architecture was once marshland drained by Mussolini.
Partschins, Italy

Peter Mitterhofer Typewriter Museum

Typewriter museum housing more than 1,500 machines preserves the history of the grandfather of computers.
Alba, Italy

Alba Fucens

Ever loyal to Roma, the small village of Albe in the Abruzzo region carried on until an earthquake did it in.
Stilo, Italy

Cattolica di Stilo

A small Byzantine church lost in the middle of the mountains of southern Italy.
Bordighera, Italy

Marcello Cammi's Sculpture Garden

A wood-and-steel sculpture garden featuring an artful interplay of nature and machinery.
Rome, Italy

Basilica of Santi Quattro Coronati

A fortified medieval basilica on the Caelian Hill preserves extraordinary frescoes and one of Rome's most beautiful hidden cloisters.
Chiavenna, Italy

Paradiso Botanical Archaeological Park

An archaeological treasure trove towers over the valley of Chiavenna.
Bollengo, Italy

Ciucarun

An abandoned bell tower in the middle of nowhere is the last testimony of a forgotten medieval village.
Capriate San Gervasio, Italy

Crespi d’Adda Cemetery

A massive mausoleum towers over the gravestones in a 19th-century Italian "model village."
Rome, Italy

Sculpture of Giovanni Paolo II

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

Michelangelo da Vinci

Two planes stand abandoned after the closure of an aircraft-themed restaurant.
Ravenna, Italy

Basilica of San Vitale

This 6th-century church has the largest and best-preserved collection of Byzantine mosaics outside Constantinople.
S'Archittu, Italy

S'Archittu

The titular "little arch" near this Italian resort is one of the most popular diving spots in the country.
Vigevano, Italy

Cathedral of St. Ambrose

The Cathedral of St. Ambrose has been hiding a special parishioner within its walls.