Coming to the Rescue of Italy’s Ghost Towns

Using visionary tactics, businessmen and entrepreneurs breathe life back into the country's abandoned villages and towns.

(The abandoned village of Pendedatillo)

This article, written by Silvia Marchetti, appears on Newsweek.

Italy’s Santo Stefano is a jet-black volcanic island in the Tyrrhenian Sea, in an atoll near Rome. From the days of the Bourbons up to 1965, it was considered Italy’s Alcatraz—a centuries-old prison packed with anarchists, revolutionaries, criminals, bandits and political dissidents. Today, it’s deserted.

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