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Chioggia, Italy

St. Andrew Tower Clock (Orologio della Torre di Sant'Andrea)

One of the oldest still-working clocks in the world sits on an ancient tower.
Gardone Riviera, Italy

Vittoriale Degli Italiani (Shrine of Italian Victories)

A military museum, art park, mausoleum, and architectural oddity all on one fascist's estate.
Venice, Italy

Piraeus Lion

Thousand-year-old Viking runes adorn an ancient Greek lion at the entrance to the Venetian Arsenal.
Padua, Italy

Tomb of Antenor

The tomb of the mythological founder of Padua is not hidden in some obscure crypt, but stands right in the middle of the city square.
Padua, Italy

Botanical Garden of Padua - Orto botanico di Padova

The oldest botanical garden in the world that technically isn't the oldest.
Padua, Italy

Prato della Valle

One of the largest squares in Europe contains an entire artificial island.
Vicenza, Italy

Torre Bissara

One of the tallest bell towers in Italy plays a particular melody at just two times each day.
Verona, Italy

Whale Bone of Arco della Costa

A whale rib has been mysteriously suspended from the arch since at least the 1700s, and no one knows how it got there.
Verona, Italy

Juliet's Balcony

Pilgrimage site for star-crossed lovers.
Ludwigsburg, Germany

Antiquariat Alt-Hoheneck

This outdoor library provides around-the-clock access to around 7,000 books.
Berlin, Germany

'Molecule Men'

This monumental work of art symbolizes the coming together of a previously divided city.
Berlin, Germany

The Bendlerblock

After a nearly successful attempt on Hitler's life, the conspirators met their fate in the courtyard of this Berlin building.
Glasgow, Scotland

Nelson Monument Glasgow

One of the first monuments dedicated to the accomplishments of the great Vice Admiral, Horatio Nelson.
Glasgow, Scotland

Doulton Fountain

The largest terracotta fountain in the world, built to commemorate Britain’s Victorian achievements.
Krásno, Czechia

Spiral Tower of Krásno

A spiral staircase twists to the top of this unusual Czech lookout tower.
Basel, Switzerland

Tinguely Fountain

This artistic fountain display pays homage to this area's theatrical history.
Caserta, Italy

Peschiera Grande

Nobles would stage mock naval battles on this large lake at the Royal Palace of Caserta.
Terracina, Italy

Temple of Jupiter Anxur

A Roman temple perched over an Italian town, forgotten several times over.
Bagni San Filippo, Italy

Fosso Bianco

Nestled in the hills of Tuscany are gorgeous, multicolored hot springs.
Soriano nel Cimino, Italy

Santa Cecilia Necropolis

A fascinating assortment of cave dwellings, medieval ruins, and sarcophagi are being devoured by the forest.
Soriano nel Cimino, Italy

Etruscan Pyramid of Bomarzo

This ancient altar emerges from the thick forests to reveal the mysteries of Etruscan sacrificial rituals.
Bomarzo, Italy

The Monsters of Bomarzo

A 16th-century horror show built in a lovely Italian garden.
Santa Venere, Italy

Temple of Hera II

Also known as the Temple of Poseidon, this is one of the best-preserved Greek temples in the world.
Sabaudia, Italy

Sabaudia

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