The ghost town of Basilicata
Surrounded by gullies and perched on a hill in the heart of Basilicata, Craco has the timeless charm of a ghost town, abandoned by humans and dominated by nature, which has taken over undisturbed. Enveloped in history and legend, a bustling settlement was born in this remote corner of the province of Matera, until a landslide forced the citizens to abandon their homes in 1963.
Today, Craco Vecchia is a collection of decaying and fascinating ruins, where the almost surreal silence is interrupted only by the cautious steps of visitors on the uneven ground, protected by the mandatory helmets. You can discover ancient churches, such as the Madre di San Nicola Church and the Madonna della Stella Church, as well as noble palaces, from Palazzo Carbone and Palazzo Grossi to Palazzo Cammarota and Palazzo Maronna.
Get ready to feel like you’re on a film set. It’s no coincidence that Craco was chosen as the location for some cult films, such as Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ and Francesco Rosi’s Christ Stopped at Eboli.