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The Weird, Eerie World Of China's Knockoff Cities

The best knock-offs in the world are in China. There are plenty of fake designer handbags and Rolexes but China’s knock-offs go way beyond fashion.


These Photorealistic Stencils Make Banksy Look Like An Amateur

If you visit the primary school in Terracina, Italy, you’re going to be a little bit tripped it out. As of a month or two ago, several small children appear to be standing sideways on the building’s façade. But obviously, children cannot defy gravity. They’re actually the latest creation of a street artist named Strøk.


No, Rome's Collapse Wasn't Caused By Lead Poisoning

Rome was the first city on the planet to have an extensive and efficient municipal water system, thanks to the empire’s ambitious aqueduct system that’s still found throughout Europe. But that infrastructure was also pumping ancient Romans with lead — up to 100 times the amount of lead found in local spring water.


Italy Wants To Turn Its Old Bridges Into Inverted Skyscrapers

Southern Italy is dotted with hulking aqueducts that went out of service years ago. In an attempt to find a new use for the structures in lieu of tearing it down, the government held a competition. One of the winning designs will blow your mind.


The Most Haunted Place In The World Is For Sale

Like ghosts? Then you’ll love Poveglia, a small, deserted island in the Venetian lagoon that’s going on the auction block next month. It’s been called “the island of madness”, “Hell” and “the most haunted place on Earth”. You’d just love it to pieces.


The Mob Is Secretly Dumping Nuclear Waste Across Italy And Africa

Organised crime is famously good at exploiting time-sensitive industries like construction, fishing, and — of course — garbage removal. But revelations about millions of tons of toxic waste buried haphazardly and illegally by the mob are causing an uproar in southern Italy, where cancer rates are nearly 50 per cent higher than the average in certain areas.


Giant Boulder Destroys Building In Italy

Capricious Mother Nature destroyed a building with a giant boulder in northern Italy, with an even bigger boulder missing a three-storey farm house by a just centimetres, stopping right at its main entrance.


A Hand-Built Amusement Park In The Middle Of The Italian Forest

A documentary called Ai Pioppi, released by Fabrica, directed (and scored) by Coleman Guyon and written by Luiz Romero, documents the incredible story of Bruno, an Italian restaurateur who, in his spare time, is hand-building an entire amusement park in the woods.


Australians Help Preserve The Tower Of Pisa With Detailed 3D Scan

A team of Australian researchers recently climbed the Leaning Tower of Pisa with a 3D scanner and came back with the most detailed map of the building ever. At first you might think that the beautiful results were meant for a museum, but this detailed scan will help scientists protect it from ruin.


A Century-Old Roman Palazzo Grows A Faceted Glass-And-Steel Parasite

We’ve talked about top-down demolition, where buildings are deconstructed one floor at a time, ending at the ground. But a newly completed building in Rome, by Italian studio Fuksas, puts a twist on the concept: the old building’s facade was perfectly preserved.