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Mantua, Italy

Sala dei Giganti (Chamber of the Giants)

A room filled with frescos that make it seem like the walls are crumbling down while giants die in despair.
Mantua, Italy

Basilica di Sant'Andrea

It took more than 300 years to build this church, which is home to two sacred vessels believed to hold the blood of Christ.
Vicenza, Italy

Torre Bissara

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

Castello Carrarese di Este

The origins of a large, medieval castle are shrouded in mystery, but now it's a delightful garden.
Rome, Italy

Pons Aemilius

The only remaining arch of the oldest stone bridge in Rome stands in the middle of the Tiber.
Rome, Italy

Antoninus and Faustina Temple

An ancient Roman temple first dedicated to an emperor's wife is now a church.
Bologna, Italy

Statue of Pope Gregory XIII

A large statue of Pope Gregory XIII in Bologna was disguised as Saint Petronius to avoid destruction.
Matera, Italy

Sassi di Matera

People have been living in the cave houses on this Italian hillside since the Neolithic era.
Turin, Italy

The Dome of San Lorenzo

The intricate geometry inside this Baroque-style dome was designed to create "terror of the human soul."
Athens, Greece

Church of Agios Demetrios of Diakos

This Ottoman-era church is hidden amid a busy tourist area.
Sirmione, Italy

Scaligero Castle

One of the most well-preserved castles in Italy also contains a rare medieval example of a port fortification.
Montagnana, Italy

Castle of San Zeno

A medieval castle was used for centuries as a hemp farm.
Foligno, Italy

Calamita Cosmica

The giant skeleton sculpture is surprisingly well-traveled.
Rome, Italy

The Water Clock

This hydrochronometer was invented by a Dominican monk and is a prime feature in this garden.
Comacchio, Italy

Ponte dei Trepponti (Trepponti Bridge)

This uniquely designed bridge served as the city gate for Comacchio.
Rome, Italy

Pons Fabricius

This is the oldest Roman-made bridge in the city still existing in its original state.
Genova, Italy

Palazzo San Giorgio

Once home to one of the oldest banks in the world, this building is also where Marco Polo's famous travelogue was written.
Imola, Italy

Piazza Matteotti

This Renaissance square was at the center of Leonardo da Vinci's map, the first ichnographic ever.
Porto, Portugal

Igreja de São Francisco Catacombs

Ancient catacombs form the foundation for this Rococo orgy of a church.
San Nicola di Tremiti, Italy

Abbey of Santa Maria a Mare

An abandoned monastery sits on a far-off island in the Adriatic Sea.
Rome, Italy

Servian Wall at McDonald's

Inside this Mcdonald's you can dine on your Big Mac and fries next to a 2,500-year-old Roman wall.
Atrani, Italy

Atrani

This seaside Italian village doesn't just look Escher-esque, it actually inspired the mind-bending artist.
Italy

The Grotto Church of Saint Michael

A spiritual sanctuary in a natural cave.
Padua, Italy

Prato della Valle

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