Craco is a town in the province of Matera, Italy.


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; more recently, it had been between 1500-1800. 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

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

Get around

Craco may be toured on foot.




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

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