Pentedattilo

dsc03788From Reggio Calabria, it’s a short drive to the ghost town of Pentedattilo – a rocky outcrop of five ‘fingers’ sheltering a scattering of dilapidated houses. The village suffered an earthquake in 1783 and the population slowly declined to nothing from 1960-1980.

dsc03792Most of the buildings are beautifully ruined and slowly being taken over by prickly pear cactus and vines. But slowly slowly,the village is having a resurgence as a kind of new age art colony and you can see how people are breathing life back into this stunning place.

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There are a few little craft shops dotted around and even a small bar amongst all the tumbledown buildings. It’s an amazingly photogenic place and worth a stop.