Antonio Violi

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Rock and ghost town of Pentedattilo at sunset, Calabria, Italy

Pentedattilo Ghost Town

Pentedattilo is an abandoned village in southern Italy. This veritable ghost town clings to the slopes of a big, hand-shaped rock. It’s one of my favorite places.

“The appearance of Pentedattilo is perfectly magical” – Edward Lear, 1847

Pentedattilo has ancient origins. It was the social and economic center of the area. In 1783 the town was damaged by an earthquake. After the shake begins a slow decline of Pentedattilo. In 1973 the last inhabitants moved to the newly built village. The ancient village is a veritable open-air museum. Pentedattilo is a great place to take pictures.

Pentedattilo Ghost Town, Calabria, Italy
Ghost town of Pentedattilo at sunset.
The abandoned village of Pentedattilo, Calabria, Italy.
A country road leading to the rock and the abandoned village of Pentedattilo.
The rock and the ghost town of Pentedattilo, Calabria, Italy.

More about Pentedattilo

3 Responses to “Pentedattilo Ghost Town”

  1. Sandy Frykholm

    Are you familiar with the book “Village Justice” by Prof. Thomas Astarita? It deals with a court case in Pentedatillo in the 1600s I believe. I enjoyed reading it a few years ago–and will be reviewing it on my blog one of these days. Thanks for the interesting post and photos!

  2. Filomena Marano-D'Aloia

    I love your photographs.
    We returned from Australia to our native town of Sant’Angelo in Grotte, Isernia, Molise.
    It only has 150 inhabitants.
    The main reason is that we love this town and do not want it to become a ghost town. We tell everyone about it and are having many visitors. Hoping some of the empty houses will sell and people will use them.
    Thank you for taking beautiful pictures.


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