SORRENTO, CAMPANIA, ITALY - 2015/09/01: Fresco painting at the Opera Society. (Photo by John Greim/LightRocket via Getty Images)

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Sedile Dominova


Incongruously wedged between racks of lemon-themed souvenir merchandise, this 15th-century domed palazzo (mansion) has exquisite, albeit faded, original frescoes. Crowned by a cupola, the terrace, open to the street on two sides, was originally a meeting point for the town’s medieval aristocracy; today it houses a working-men’s club where local pensioners sit around playing cards.

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