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Alberobello, Italy

Alberobello

Southern Italy's spinning top village.
40.7862, 17.2376
Looking out onto la Civita, the city center, from an ancient grotto in Sassi di Matera.
Matera, Italy

Sassi di Matera

People have been living in the cave houses on this Italian hillside since the Neolithic era.
40.6658, 16.6117
The Monsters of Bomarzo
Bomarzo, Italy

The Monsters of Bomarzo

A 16th-century horror show built in a lovely Italian garden.
42.4871, 12.2504
Memento Mori street light under Suicide Bridge
Prague, Czechia

Memento Mori: 'Of One's Own Volition'

A controversial artwork draws attention to the dark history of Prague's "Suicide Bridge."
50.0674, 14.4299
The Trosky Castle. (Public Domain)
Turnov, Czechia

Český Ráj (Bohemian Paradise)

Bohemian paradise covered in majestic forests.
50.5874, 15.1581
Tempietto at San Pietro in Montorio
Rome, Italy

Tempietto at San Pietro in Montorio

More sculpture than building, this architecturally significant temple was built on the spot of Saint Peter's crucifixion.
41.8886, 12.4665
Pozzuoli, Italy

Phlegraean Fields

A sulfuric hellscape in southern Italy.
40.8276, 14.1363
Juliet's balcony
Verona, Italy

Juliet's Balcony

Pilgrimage site for star-crossed lovers.
45.4418, 10.9984
Defenders of Stara Zagora Memorial Complex
Stara Zagora, Bulgaria

Defenders of Stara Zagora Memorial Complex

This massive stone and steel monument remembers a century-old battle that cost thousands of lives and nearly destroyed the city.
42.4334, 25.6531
The National Palace of Culture in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Sofia, Bulgaria

National Palace of Culture

A vast Communist-era exhibition space in the Bulgarian capital.
42.6847, 23.3189
Monument to the Soviet Army
Sofia, Bulgaria

Monument to the Soviet Army

A Bulgarian monument to Russia's role in World War II is constantly being painted in pop culture protest.
42.6917, 23.3364
Raketa Rakia interior.
Sofia, Bulgaria

Raketa Rakia

Eastern Bloc nostalgia, anybody?
42.6983, 23.3425
Doganella di Ninfa, Italy

Gardens of Ninfa

Ruins of a 10th century church tucked away deep in a botanical garden.
41.5725, 12.9274
Rome, Italy

The Museum of Roman Ships at Fiumicino

Roman-era ships unearthed...
41.7869, 12.2545
Monument of Bulgarian-Soviet Friendship
Varna, Bulgaria

Monument of the Bulgarian-Soviet Friendship

This once-grandiose behemoth of a monument from the socialist era now sits quiet and closed up.
43.2167, 27.9167
Lenin's head looks out over all.
Sofia, Bulgaria

Museum of Socialist Art

A collection of art from Bulgaria's time as a communist state.
42.6660, 23.3580
Statue of Prometheus, Vidraru Hydro Electric Plant
Comuna Arefu, Romania

Prometheus Statue at Vidraru Dam

The ancient Greek Titan guards this massive dam holding a lightning bolt to symbolize electricity.
45.3660, 24.6334
It was commissioned by King Carol I was captivated by the scenic locale.
Sinaia, Romania

Peles Castle

This elaborately decorated, fairytale-like Romanian royal palace is one of the most striking castles in Europe.
45.3599, 25.5427
Shipka Pass, viewed from Shipka
Gabrovo, Bulgaria

Shipka Pass

A mountain pass in Bulgaria's Balkan Mountains was the site of four historic battles.
42.7667, 25.3167
Kazanlak, Bulgaria

Buzludzha Monument

An abandoned saucer-shaped monument in the Bulgarian mountains.
42.7360, 25.3936
Statues depict first four Asen rulers.
Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

Asen Dynasty Monument

An homage to the medieval rulers of Bulgaria.
43.0826, 25.6354
A communist overlord menaces the city below.
Shumen, Bulgaria

Bulgarian State Monument

This massive concrete sculpture is said to be the heaviest communist monument on Earth.
43.2623, 26.9224
Slanchevo, Bulgaria

Pobiti Kamani Stones

Mysterious standing stone formations looks like a petrified forest.
43.2357, 27.6838
Remains of earlier constructions on the cape
Balgarevo, Bulgaria

Cape Kaliakra

The site of many battles and tragedies, including the 40 maidens who leapt into the sea.
43.3816, 28.4662