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Craco, the ghost town of Basilicata

The town's 1,800 inhabitants were forced to abandon their homes, leaving Craco completely uninhabited

Craco, the ghost town of Basilicata

Claudia Astarita

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Due to recurring earthquakes and landslides in the mid-twentieth century, the town's 1,800 inhabitants were forced to abandon their homes, leaving Craco completely uninhabited. This little town is located in the hills above the Lucananian Appennines, halfway between the mountains and the sea.

Hardly touched since the latest earthquakes, the town is known to locals as 'The ghost town', where time stood still. Although nobody is allowed to walk through the ruins unaccompanied, the view of the town remains quite spectacular and it is possible to walk up to the castle's tower at the summit to admire an amazing panorama.

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