In September I went to one of the most fascinating cities anywhere in the world, Matera. Deep in the heart of the mezzogiorno in the south of Italy, Basilicata's Matera is one of the world's oldest continuously inhabited cities.
It is sensational, awe inspiring and completely compelling.
There is so much to see and do in Matera it becomes impossible to try and fit everything in. One thing we weren't able to do on this trip was visit the ghost town of Craco, which is not far from Matera, in the Gulf of Taranto. I'm going to make sure I get there next time I'm in the deep south, and will be able to write my own story and post my own photos, but in the meantime I wanted to share this blogpost from AncientOrigins.net, written by Bryan Hill.
I've had it in my research folder for ages but it's too good to not share!
Craco: The Abandoned Medieval Ghost Town of Italy
For nearly fifty years, the town of Craco in southern Italy has stood uninhabited. Here, dark windows look out at potential travelers like empty eye sockets and the streets and buildings of this medieval town seems to have literally been vacated overnight, left to crumble in decay.