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Craco, Basilicata

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  • Ghost town in the heart of Basilicata, abandoned in the years 60 to a landslide caused by questionable activities of man. Located on a hill and to get there you must take the roads very wide and not climb on a climb quite challenging, which is rewarded by wonderful vision already in the distance of this ghost town, perched on a rocky outcropping and overflown by transfers of birds circling around the Norman Tower. Il borgo is gated for security reasons, as only one part of this was secured due to the possibility of collapse, so they can be accessed only through a guide costs € 10 per person and 15 € if you're visiting the monastery of St. Peter just outside of the village and the Atelier of art and Cinema. Absolutely worth the money! I was lucky enough to arrive late and having to wait for the visit of 13.30 about when we were very little, so we could enjoy the liner tour, silence and we could stop and ask any questions you want and take pictures. The tour guide was great and explained in detail the reasons for landslide and subsequent phases of the depopulation: all very interesting. Walking through the quiet streets of this ghost village between abandoned houses (many still standing and many endangered, half-collapsed or even at an angle, almost could fall with a single thrust), look at the Interior of the houses (many looted, some with remains of furniture) and imagine what it would be like to live there if nothing happened is an exciting and unique. The views which can be admired from its dominant position over the surrounding Valley then are priceless! Pity that only a small part of the country has been made safe and accessible; It is hoped that over time and with new funds new other sections of the country are open. I hope it's like that and then I will return, because Craco in my opinion for its history and beauty has a huge tourist attraction potential!
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  • We happened on Craco as we were driving around the vicinity of Matera and were fascinated by the ruined hill town. On visiting the tourist information place there, we learned that English language tou...  more »
  • We did a very interesting tour of the city with William English-speaking guide. It was great and we learned many things about this city! Don't forget to call before you arrive for booking the tour and should also know that the visit of the city is necessarily accompanied by a guide!
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