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Poggioreale

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Hauntingly Beautiful

An amazing visit to a ghost town abandoned after an earthquake in the 1960's. It's both sad and beautiful at the same time and for a photographer - it was amazing!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 January 2017
Kim W
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Plymouth, Michigan
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Plymouth, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

An amazing visit to a ghost town abandoned after an earthquake in the 1960's. It's both sad and beautiful at the same time and for a photographer - it was amazing!

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Munich, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

Found this place with the nearby function of TripAdvisor, as we have searched something to visit for a short trip from Sciacca. First we read something about this place, searched for some pictures and decided to go there. As some wrote there is bad roads and it is not easy to find, thats not true at all. If you enter... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016 via mobile

This was a very nice surprize as were passing by, I would recommend this place to everybody who comes to western sicily! Amazing atmosphere in this ghost town, which has been lovingly kept up by caribg people. Great place to visit!!! Www.facebook.com/poggiorealeantica

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Thank Jacqueline F
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2016 via mobile

Easy to find, easy to bypass the closed city gate. Few if any other visitors. Surprisingly little litter. Genuine experience, not to be missed.

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The Hague, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2016

We love abandoned places so when we came across Poggioreale while doing some research on Sicily in preparation for our trip, we knew we had to go there. It was an easy car ride to the town. It's eerie to see it on top de of hill when you approach it. You can park the car at the gate and... More 

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2015

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 

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Leuven, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 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 

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Amsterdam
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 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 

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Bishop's Stortford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 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 

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