View image of Opened in 1906, Lello is one of the worldâs most beautiful bookstores, thanks largely to its centrepiece: a glossy red staircase with carved wooden banisters that leads up to a glass atrium. The stairs are just as beautiful from underneath, with carved leaf-like flourishes and the same bluish-green and gold paint as the ceiling above it. Look for lovely neo-Gothic and Art Deco elements in the rest of the shop as you browse. (Davide Cazzola) (Credit: Davide Cazzola)
From winding stairs that lead to nowhere to “Heaven’s gate”, 999 gruelling steps in the air, these heights are worth seeking out.