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Faro, Portugal

Capela de Ossos Bone Chapel

This small chapel is built of human bones and decorated with a golden skeleton.
Arecibo, Puerto Rico

Cueva Ventana

This limestone cave offers an incredible view of the Río Grande de Arecibo valley.
Tremosine, Italy

Strada della Forra

This winding road through an Italian canyon may be the most scenic drive in the world.
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.
Rome, Italy

Arch of Gallienus

This Roman arch marks the location of an ancient gate at one of the Seven Hills of Rome.
Florence, Italy

Il Porcellino

This bronze boar's snout has been rubbed to a golden sheen by visitors seeking good fortune.
Rome, Italy

The Head of St. John the Baptist at San Silvestro in Capite

One of four skulls claiming to belong to the beheaded St. John the Baptist is on display at this Roman church.
Rome, Italy

Basilica di San Clemente

A Nesting Doll of Churches.
Verona, Italy

Juliet's Balcony

Pilgrimage site for star-crossed lovers.
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.
Naples, Italy

The Anatomical Machines of Cappella Sansevero

These "anatomical machines" are only one of the many strange items in this Italian crypt.
Venice, Italy

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

Go inside to really appreciate this 500-year-old technological masterpiece.
Milan, Italy

San Bernardino alle Ossa

An ossuary built in 1210 to collect bones from the Ospedale Maggiore of Milan.
Grizzana Morandi, Italy

Rocchetta Mattei

Sitting on an Italian hilltop is this surreal fortress built by the mad inventor of electrohomeopathy.
Rome, Italy

The Mouth of Truth

The yawning maw of this pagan visage is said to bite off the hands of liars.
Rome, Italy

The Dome Illusion

A master of trompe-l'oeil creates a stunning, tourist-fooling dome out of a flat ceiling.
Sorrento, Italy

Valle dei Mulini (Valley of the Mills)

An Italian crevasse filled with abandoned buildings gives visitors a look at the world without humans.
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."
Sopron, Hungary

Taródi Vár

"Medieval" castle built in the mid-20th century by one family.
Budapest, Hungary

Bullet Hole Markers at the Ministry of Agriculture Building

This easily overlooked memorial immortalizes the scars from the 1956 Hungarian Revolution.
Budapest, Hungary

The Holy Right

Mummified holy right fist of a 1,000-year-old Saint-king.
Budapest, Hungary

Timewheel

Possibly the world's largest hourglass only needs to be reset every New Year's Eve.
Budapest, Hungary

The Citadella

From Austrians to Nazis to Soviets, this historic Budapest fortress has a history as complex as the city itself.
Budapest, Hungary

Budapest Castle Hill Funicular

Built in 1870 at the bridge that connected Buda and Pest, this spectacular incline railway was almost lost forever during World War II.