The House of the Vettii is on a back street opposite a bar.

Named for its owners, two successful freedmen – Aulus Vettius Conviva and Aulus Vettius Restitutus – it was a luxurious residence. It has many well-preserved murals, including a number of erotic works – though most of these are often kept behind locked doors.

In the entrance foyer is a large image of Priapus with a bag of coins and a set of scales. The enclosed formal garden still allows a glimpse of the wealth and taste of its owners.

Named for a small bronze statue of a dancing faun found on the site, this residence is best known for the Have  – Welcome – mosaic at the entrance, and the Alexander Mosaic, one of the most celebrated mosaics to have survived.

Once among the largest, most luxurious private residences in Pompeii, the House of the Faun occupies an entire city block.

See also: The Ruined City of Pompeii

A gracious villa on the Via Dell'Abbondanza – street of abundance – in Pompeii, and fronted by great bronze doors, the House of Loreius Tiburtinus is also sometimes called the House of Octavius Quartio.

This house stands out for its extensive gardens and excellent, well preserved artwork.  Conveniently located – the street that was closed to cart traffic in ancient times – and boasting well decorated rooms, many guests must have passed through.

The gardens have fountains at their centers, with many frescoes and statuettes around.

Shaped much like a giant question mark or inverted S across the middle of the city, the Grand Canal is Venice's largest and most famous thoroughfare.

It’s traveled by water buses, private water taxis called vaporetti, and, as many tourists already know, gondolas. Traveling the canals is the best way to see Venice's beautiful waterfront architecture, places and museums.

Most traffic travels the length of the canal. In addition to the canals, the city is connected by about 400 footbridges. The largest, Ponte Rialto, is covered and houses a number of small shops.

These Public Gardens cover 160,000 square meters, and has a small lake with geese and fish, faux rock hill, rides, a miniature train and refreshment stands.

The shopping Galleria is not only known for its fabulous shopping but also for its huge stained glass domed roof (48m), truly magnificent in its array of colors. It is named after Vittorio Emanuele II, the first ruler of Italy.

The Colosseum – or Coliseum – is probably the most iconic symbol of Imperial Rome, as well as one of the great works of Roman architecture and engineering. The first permanent amphitheater to be built in Rome, this enormous amphitheater was inaugurated by Titus in the 1st century.

Although it is now near ruins, the Colosseum was used for almost 500 years for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles, including mock sea battles, executions, reenactments of famous battles, and Classical dramas.

The Colosseum – or Coliseum – is probably the most iconic symbol of Imperial Rome, as well as one of the great works of Roman architecture and engineering.

The first permanent amphitheater to be built in Rome, this enormous amphitheater was inaugurated by Titus in the 1st century. Although it is now near ruins, the Colosseum was used for almost 500 years for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles, including mock sea battles, executions, reenactments of famous battles, and Classical dramas.

A UNESCO World Heritage site, this famous Italian Renaissance church is one of the most striking monuments of the 15th century, and it holds one of the world’s great masterpieces in its refectory, The Last Supper, by Leonardo da Vinci.

The church itself was built in the late 1400’s, and an addition by the architect Bramante was added a few years later. In The Last Supper, Leonardo da Vinci cleverly painted the perspective to look like it is part of its setting.

A modest 15th century church and former Franciscan convent, Santa Maria Degli Angeli is located at the end of an elegant shopping street.

The spectacular frescos inside are done by Bernardino Luini in a realistic Renaissance style, reminiscent of his mentor and colleague Leonardo da Vinci. The frescoes include Luini’s version of the Last Supper as well as depictions of the Virgin Mary and the Christ Child.

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