Monday, August 3, 2015
Craco, Basilicata Italy
They survived malaria outbreaks, volcanic eruptions, centuries of war, and the Bubonic Plague, but in the end it was a landslide that brought them down.
People had lived in Craco, a hilltop village on the southern end of Italy in Basilicata, near the heel of the "boot," since the 10th century B.C. -- at one point growing to a population of as many as 2,000.
At times, Craco was a monastic and educational center as well as a feudal town where a castle, university, church and plazas still remain -- one Norman tower dates back to about 1040. But the people are long gone, and today Craco is eerily abandoned and slowly crumbling.
Italians now return to Craco for many summer religious festivals, and it's an attractive spot for tourists and movie location scouts, as the ruins frequently stand in as a biblical village. The 1985 film "King David," starring Richard Gere, was filmed there, as was a scene in Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ."
--The Huffington Post, 8/19/2015
Another fun article...visiting Craco, Basilicata, Italy.
See link: Craco, Italy: Adventure Travel
Video through the abandoned town here: Video Tour through Old Town