Italian ‘Ghost Towns’ Are Coming Back From the Dead


Once-abandoned hamlets are finding new life thanks to tourists and history enthusiasts.

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Italian ‘ghost town’ for sale: Entire village available for less than price of a small London flat

The only moment of glory the mountaintop fortress Rocca Calascio has had in centuries of oblivion came in 1985, when it served as the set for the fantasy film Ladyhawke. It then went back to being a sleepy ghost town, isolated among the peaks of central Italy’s rugged Apennine hills in the Abruzzi region.

It is one of 20,000 so-called “sleeping beauties” that dot the country, abandoned following earthquakes and mass emigration flows, when locals fled to cities in search of a better life. But these lost hamlets are now being brought back from the grave by holidaymakers with a soft spot for history.

In Calascio, where silence reigns and the population is mostly cats, dogs and sheep, €20,000 (£17,600) will buy you a crumbling 540 sq. ft. stone dwelling with a terrace and patio. Continue reading at The Telegraph. 

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