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Craco is a town in the province of Matera, Italy. It was abandoned towards the end of the 20th century due to natural disasters. The abandonment has made Craco a tourist attraction and a popular filming location.

Understand[edit]

Abandoned hilltop village of Craco

Craco as a town dates to at least 1060, when the land was the possession of Archbishop Arnaldo, Bishop of Tricarico. A prior Greek settlement existed around 540 AD under the name “Montedoro”.

At its peak in 1561, the population of Craco's Old Town was close to 2600 people; in 2008, it was less than 800. The period from 1892-1922 was one of high emigration due to poor agricultural conditions.

There have been several earthquakes and a series of landslides between 1959 and 1972. The old town was abandoned in 1963 due to landslide damage, thus becoming a ghost town, and the inhabitants moved to the hamlet of Craco Peschiera. Today Craco is used as a filming location for various feature productions.

Get in[edit]

By road, Craco is just west of SS103 or SS176.

Get around[edit]

Map of Craco

Craco may be toured on foot.

See[edit]

Panoramic view of the town
  • Castello tower
  • Observant Friars Minor, 17th-century church dedicated to St. Peter.
  • Santa Maria della Stella, church with a statue of the Virgin Mother Mary and Child said to have been discovered by a shepherd.

Do[edit]

  • Wander the streets and look into the houses, which were left as they were but are slowly deteriorating.

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Craco was abandoned in 1963. The closest populated place is Pisticci.

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