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Poggioreale

Sicily, Italy
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Ranked #85 of 1,071 Attractions in Sicily
Type: Cemeteries, Ghost Towns, Cultural
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Type: Cemeteries, Ghost Towns, Cultural
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Great Torrington, United Kingdom
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77 reviews 77 reviews
14 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Currently living in the area, we came across a book about Sicily and mention of the earthquake that devastated the Belice valley, including not only Poggioreale, but also Salaparuta, Gibellina and other settlements. Not sure 'attraction' is quite the right word for the Ruderi di Poggioreale but fascinating it certainly is, as is the wider area, and well worth the... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

We drove hereduring the late afternoon.... Stunning drive in itself..... Place is very haunting and off the beaten track. It has a feel of a place that was abandoned out of necessity not want.....and the can almost hearand see life as it was before the belice earthquake... Highly recommend

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Epsom, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
4 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

I don't think that Ruderi di Poggioreale (not to be confused with the modern Poggioreale) has found it's way into the tourist guides for Sicily. Which is a shame, because this really is such a wierd, atmospheric place. Although thinking about it, I'm glad that Ruderi di Poggioreale isn't in the tourist guides. Walking around this deserted town on your... More 

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Epsom, England, United Kingdom
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67 reviews 67 reviews
36 attraction reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

None of the photographs or illustrations about this spectacle can translate the 'feeling' that you get as you walk through the deserted streets. You can almost feel the eeriness the devastation that this whole community went through when the earthquake struck in 1968. Up to 400 people perished and thousands were made homeless. We visited mid may on a Saturday... More 

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Leicestershire
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47 reviews 47 reviews
15 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

The brief visit to Poggioreale Vecchio was one of the highlights of my trip to Sicily. This town, and others such as Gibellina, was devastated by earthquakes in the Belice Valley in 1968. As a result of the extensive damage, the town was evacuated and a new, rather ugly and uninspiring, town was built a few KM to the south.... More 

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