An interesting tidbit---I just learned today, as it was announced in New York, that Craco, Basilicata, the ancient, remote stone village in Italy founded in 1000 AD and home to one of my grandmothers and her family was put on the 2010 watch list by the World Monument Fund for the preservation of its historical significance.
The real-life stories around this ancient village and the struggle endured by residents living in this remote, primitive area during WWII was chronicled in the acclaimed literary masterpiece penned by famed author Carl Levi in his book Christ Stopped at Eboli. Because of the unique look the village has been used for movie locations including Mel Gibson's movie The Passion of the Christ. Congrats!
See here: Craco, Italy on World Monument Fund List
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