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The ghost town

if you like Sicily off the beaten track, take a car and go visit the ghost town of Poggioreale. The town was destroyed by the infamous earthquake of 1968, then stripped down and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
zeno c
Beirut, Lebanon

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have not yet been to this place but I was told that my Grandmother and Grandfather are buried in the new cemetery. Can anyone that has visited or lives there to tell me the name of the cemetery. I am in the United States like to find out for my family tree. Any help that you can give me... More 

Leuven, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Had read about Poggioreale on TripAdvisor and as part of our biking tour. We tried to find by bike, but too difficult and too hard to climb. So we returned by car afterwards. The place has two main entrances. On both sides the streets are closed and fenced but there is an easy way to get in. On the first... More 

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Beirut, Lebanon
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30 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

if you like Sicily off the beaten track, take a car and go visit the ghost town of Poggioreale. The town was destroyed by the infamous earthquake of 1968, then stripped down and fenced off by the authorities. Try to go there during the day, and you can easily find a way in through the fences. I was lucky to... More 

Thank zeno c
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Firstly a few folks are saying this place is hard to find, well we didn't find it hard at all - it is just off the SP27 heading north west out of the new part of Poggioreale. When starting from church (chiesa madre di Poggioreale) follow Via Castellaccio straight to via Aldo Moro and then straight on to the SP27.... More 

1 Thank Hastur
London, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

We tried and failed to visit ruderi de poggioreale today butfound two different roads leading there closed. We didnt try a third. Shame as looks so interesting

1 Thank clareacer
Bishop's Stortford, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Agree with the other reviews- worth a visit if you are in the area and have a car. Obviously not a "tourist attraction" as such. We had to scamper around a locked gate barring the road, and am sure that if this was in the UK the place would have been bulldozed on health and safety grounds. But a really... More 

1 Thank AndyCrossley
Great Torrington, United Kingdom
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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 

6 Thank VCB_10
Dublin, Ireland
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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

3 Thank stewbop
Epsom, United Kingdom
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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 

9 Thank YerManThere
Epsom, England, United Kingdom
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80 reviews
42 attraction reviews
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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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