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  • The International Ceramics Museum in Faenza is the largest of its kind, offering a look at ceramic vessels and art from prehistoric to modern in the Emilia Romagna region of Italy.

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  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site Castel del Monte in Puglia, Frederick II’s 13th century octagonal castle and symbol of Puglia.

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  • Fabriano is famous for its paper production, which has been going on since the middle ages which the Paper and Watermark Museum commemorates nicely, but you’ll also want to stop in this incredibly interesting old pharmacy. It’s quite odd, actually.

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  • A little outside the historic center of Ascoli Piceno stands the Forte Malatesta, which defended the Castellano river. Beside it is the Cecco Bridge, a Roman work completed during the last period of the Republic. The fort is now an interesting museum and the architecture makes it one of the most compelling examples of Renaissance fortified architecture in Italy.

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  • Eat with a great view inside one of Rome’s most diverse museums, the Castel Sant’Angelo.

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  • If Ascoli Piceno is one of Italy’s top hidden treasures (and it is), then little Offida, population just over 5000, has to be one of Italy’s top villages.

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  • An unassuming red brick building marks the entrance to a very special underground place in Italy, the second century AD Mithraeum, or, as the Italians say, Mitreo. If you are a fan of going underground to strange places, the Mithraeum of Capua is a great place to start.

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  • Oria is an ancient town of around 15,000 people in the Puglia province of Brindisi. It has winding lanes, a Swabian castle and great food.

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  • Lecce is the principal city in the Salento peninsula of Puglia, the heel of the boot. It’s a whole different italy you need to explore.

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  • The Greek Temples in Agrigento aren’t just more ruins to trudge through. You can really enjoy them in the springtime as you stroll through olive groves and wildflowers to discover the layers of culture expressions that exist in this little corner of southern Sicily.

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  • Marostica is about as romantic a Veneto city as you can get, with two castles, a legend involving chess, and some great cherries.

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  • When you’re tired of the crush of Rome, the monument overload, the lack of fresh air and green pastures, I have an idea. A microadventure you can bet your friends haven’t even thought of, a trip to the Arco di Malborghetto, a 4th century Roman arch converted to a medieval home and inn.

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