Ghost towns in the center of Italy

Ghost towns in the center of Italy

There are several forgotten and hidden ghost places that can be visited by everyone interested in mystery. Here is a list of some Italian ghost towns.

  • Tolfaccia. It is situated on the mountains of Tolfa, north of Rome. The place was founded in the 9th century, destroyed by barbarian invasions and rebuilt by the inhabitants of Tolfa Vecchia (Old Tolfa) in 1240, hence the name Tolfa Nuova (New Tolfa). In the 15th century its destruction was ordered. According to legend, this was due to the presence of silver, gold and precious minerals in Tolfa’s underground, which caused a gold rush and several disputes among the inhabitants. Today, it is possible to see the stones of the ancient town spread all over the woods, the ruins of the castle, the church and the walls.
  • Ninfa. The town of Ninfa is situated in the southern part of the region, in the area of Cisterna di Latina. It is known for its gardens and the river that divides them. In the past, noble families and popes used to visit and spend time in this natural reserve. This green oasis was born around a little Roman temple built in honor of the Ninfe Naiadi, divinities of rising waters. Despite several extensions, the town was eventually abandoned as the area was hit by malaria and survivors moved to Rome and its surroundings, turning Ninfa into a ghost town. At the end of 1800s, the Caetani family reclaimed the area and planted trees and many species of plants. Today, Ninfa’s ruins are still visible among the woods of the park.
  • Monterano. Situated in the area of Canale Monterano the town was a very active center during the Middle Ages, often visited by Popes. It was abandoned in the 1700s because of a sack by the French army. In spite of being a ghost town, Monterano is kept in excellent condition. The town is easily reachable from Rome.
  • Sperone. There used to be a Roman praesidium and the name of this place is linked to two castles which were joined. The town was damaged after an earthquake and then abandoned. In the course of time, it was revitalized, but today it is uninhabited.
  • Fabbriche di Careggine. This is a place rich in mystery. Located in Garfagnana, an area in fact renowned for its ties with the occult, Fabbriche di Careggine is a real ghost town, because it cannot be visited. The town is actually submerged under an artificial lake. The village was born thanks to some blacksmiths coming from northern Italy. Starting from the 1800s, the place began to lose its importance from an economic perspective, but in the 1900s the trade of marble made it rise again. However, the construction of a hydroelectric plant marked its sunset, as little by little water flooded the village. This ghost place was made visible again when the lake was dried out due to some works to the dam. In 1958, 1974, 1983 and 1994 people had the opportunity to see this ancient center coming out of waters.

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