There are certain de rigueur spots you’re obligated to hit on your first trip to a big European city. The Louvre in Paris, Big Ben in London, the Trevi Fountain in Rome -- essentially, whatever’s gracing the cover of your Lonely Planet guidebook. You and about 300 other rubes will be there, and some of those sights are as underwhelming as they are famous (a certain portrait that rhymes with Bona Grease-uh comes to mind).
On a continent that’s up to its beret in world-class museums, historical sites, and creepy-ass old stuff, you’d do well to break away from the pack. We polled our friends overseas and consulted with Leisure Pass, who curates attraction passes to sites both well-known and less-known in 30 world cities. If a room full of skulls in Milan or an underground wine tasting in Paris strikes your fancy, put these hidden gems on the itinerary.