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world's coolest staircases: Palazzo dello Spagnolo

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Palazzo dello Spagnolo, Naples, Italy

This beautiful Baroque staircase is widely believed to be the handiwork of Neapolitan architect Ferdinando Sanfelice. While it looks like an open-faced building, the double flight of stairs was actually built in 1738 to connect multiple stories of two buildings he owned. Over the years, several Italian filmmakers featured the ornate carvings and arches of this pistachio-and-cream-colored masterpiece in their films, including John Turturro’s recent Passione. —Lyndsey Matthews

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