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Padua, Italy

Pietra del Vituperio (Stone of Shame)

In medieval times this small stone seat was used as a bizarre way to punish insolvent debtors.
Padua, Italy

Tempio della Pace (Temple of Peace)

The people of Padua pledged to construct this church if the city was spared from destruction during World War I.
Venice, Italy

Portrait of the Four Tetrarchs

This Roman statue is missing a limb from when the Venetians stole it from Constantinople during the Crusades.
Venice, Italy

Libreria Acqua Alta

This Venice bookstore has resigned itself to constant flooding by keeping its books in bathtubs and boats.
Venice, Italy

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

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

Monument to Niccolò Tommaseo

The pile of books behind the dignified writer gave the statue a most undignified nickname.
Venice, Italy

Palazzo Dario

Those who own or stay at this 500-year-old, allegedly cursed house often meet terrible fates.
Venice, Italy

Peggy Guggenheim's Grave

The only museum with its curator—and her pets—buried inside.
Venice, Italy

Squero di San Trovaso

Where Venice's gondolas go for a tune-up.
Venice, Italy

Ponte dei Pugni (Bridge of Fists)

100 year tradition of fist fights, marked by marble footsteps.
Venice, Italy

Church of Santa Margherita

This deconsecrated church has seen many uses, from a tobacco storehouse to a cinema.
Gozo, Malta

Our Lady of Hope

One of Malta’s most popular beaches features a seemingly out-of-place statue of the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus.
Xagħra, Malta

Ninu’s Cave

In 1888, a resident of Xagħra, Malta, discovered a small underground chamber filled with stalactites and stalagmites when digging a well.
Xagħra, Malta

Xerri’s Grotto

A small cave network was discovered under a home in Xagħra, in 1924 when the owner was digging a well.
Xagħra, Malta

Ġgantija Temples

These temples are among the oldest free-standing stone buildings in the world.
Mġarr, Malta

Ta' Hagrat Temples

At more than 5,000 years old, these structures are among the oldest free-standing stone buildings in the world.
Mġarr, Malta

Il-Barri Air Raid Shelter

Hidden beneath a restaurant, underground tunnels tell the story of Malta’s tragic role in World War II.
Valletta, Malta

Mysterium Fidei

After 400 years of being closed to the public, this monastery's underground tunnels and secret garden are now a museum.
Valletta, Malta

St. John’s Co-Cathedral Skeleton Tombstones

The floor of this spectacular Baroque sanctuary is covered in memento mori.
St. Paul's Bay, Malta

Buġibba Temple

The ruins of a megalithic monument sit right in the garden of a luxurious Maltese resort.
Naxxar, Malta

Palazzo Parisio

An 18th-century hunting lodge turned haunted Baroque palace.
Rabat, Malta

St. Cataldus Catacombs

Overshadowed by other, more famous Maltese catacombs, this ancient burial chamber has one of the best examples of a ritual agape table.
Rabat, Malta

Domvs Romana

The remains of a 1st-century aristocratic Roman town house featuring beautiful well-preserved mosaics.
Rabat, Malta

Maltese Catacomb Complexes

Burial grounds for more than 1,000 bodies deep under the modern town of Rabat.