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Craco, Italy

From series “The Most Impressive Abandoned Cities on the Planet”
Ancient ghost towns are of particular interest to travellers. It is always interesting to explore the unique historical monuments. Lovers of historical sites should definitely visit the Italian town of Craco which was founded more than a thousand years ago. For centuries agriculture has been the main source of livelihood for the locals. But at the end of the 19th century their lands were so depleted that the agrarian crisis was just inevitable. Many of the local residents were forced to leave their homes in search of better living space.

Craco, Italy In the middle of the 19th century the Craco’s population was more than 2000 people but in 50 years it has dropped by half. Those who were not afraid of hunger had to leave their homes due to periodic hard earthquakes. In the 60s of the last century the city became completely abandoned. A new town was founded nearby in a place with a symbolic name Craco Valley.

Although the tiny medieval town stands uninhabited nowadays, a stroll through the deserted streets is hardly possible. Craco never ceases to attract tourists, journalists and photographers. A large number of people comes here to admire the ancient ruins every day. Abiding travellers are sure to be surprised to see the signs out front that prohibit approaching to the ruins. The town was built on a hill so visitors can see not only the invaluable historical monuments but can also admire its vivid surroundings. Next - Gunkanjima

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ATM bankomat: 'Bancapulia Spa' located in 21 km ( check the route on the map).
Car rental office: 'Melidoro Nicola' is located in 14 km ( on the map).
Fuel station: 'Di Napoli Teresa' in 15 km
Supermarket: 'Duedi Alimentari S.N.C. Di Delfino' in 21 km
Parking: 'Parcheggi Nicoletti Michele' in 34 km
Apotheek: 'Barbaro Agr. Palmina' in 5.41 km
Police station: 'Polizia Municipale' in 17 km
Cafe/restaurant: 'Hotel Torre Fiore' in 14 km

Nearest airports:
 »  Taranto-Grottaglie Marcello Arlotta Airport TAR - in 83 km
 »  Karol Wojtyla Airport BRI - in 88 km
 »  Casale Airport BDS - in 131 km
 »  Gino Lisa Airport FOG - in 139 km
 »  Galatina Airport LCC - in 144 km
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Best hotels near Craco


Located in 13 km from Craco
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Rooms: 3
The rooms of B&B Sopratutto are decorated in Arte Povera style and offer views of the Agri River valley. You have independent access to the building … More: photo, rates and booking
Torre Fiore Hotel Masseria

Located in 14 km from Craco
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Rooms: 13
The Masseria's spacious rooms feature flat-screen TV, iPod docking station, and marble bathroom with 2-person showers. Indoor and outdoor lounges are … More: photo, rates and booking
Hotel Old West

Located in 15 km from Craco
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Rooms: 30
Rooms come with wood furniture ranging from cherry to oak to Wenge and each contains a flat-screen TV. They all have a private bathroom with a … More: photo, rates and booking
Hotel Ristorante Mariano

Located in 17 km from Craco
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Rooms: 9
The modern-style rooms all come with air conditioning and a flat-screen TV. Each has a private bathroom equipped with a hairdryer. The restaurant … More: photo, rates and booking

Nearest unique sightseeing spots to visit

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Castel del Monte
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Grotta Palazzese Restaurant
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Amalfi Coast
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Furore Fjod
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