Only 25 miles away from the Gulf of Taranto sits Craco, one of Italy’s most famous ghost towns. Built around the 8th century, the village once prospered and had its own University, along with beautiful houses and palazzos. But its fortune didn’t last forever. From 1892 to 1922, due to economic difficulties, more than 1300 inhabitants migrated to Nort America to find work, and that was only the beginning.
In 1863 Craco had to be evacuated because of a landslide, in 1972 it was hit by a flood and in 1980, an earthquake sealed its destiny, transforming it in a ghost town.
Today, thanks to its particular landscape, the town is used as the setting for many famous movies, including Quantum of Solace and The Passion of the Christ.