Antonio Violi

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Posts tagged ‘Landscape’

Devil’s Hand

The rock and the ghost town of Pentedattilo, Calabria, Italy.

Pentedattilo, Italy

On Easter night of 1686, 40 armed men enter the castle nestled in the rock formation above the village of Pentedattilo. In a merciless action they exterminated all the Alberti family, lords of Pentedattilo. After this tragic event the locals start to nickname the rock Devil’s Hand. At sunset, the warm sun rays color the sandstone rock reddish suggesting the blood shed in the night of the massacre. Nowadays remain only a few ruins of the castle and the village of Pentedattilo is now a ghost town.

Hilltop town of Morano Calabro

Hilltop town of Morano Calabro at night, Calabria, Italy.

The hill town of Morano Calabro takes the slope of a perfectly conical hill. The houses are built one upon the other, it really seems that the hill is built only by houses. On top of the hill, as it should be in a village of medieval origins, there is a church and the ruins of a Castle. In the background you can see the mountains of the Pollino National Park.