n Cilento there is a place that you must absolutely visit, a place that is still in time made of stone ruins, alleys, farmyards and narrow streets where the vegetation has taken over, a ghost town that retains a special charm.
It is called Roscigno Vecchia and is one of the most beautiful abandoned villages in Italy for its low stone houses, its rural layout and the remains of the church. In this article we explain why you have to visit this village in the province of Salerno.
Roscigno Vecchia is located in the heart of the Cilento National Park and was abandoned due to continuous landslides and landslides. The historic center of Roscigno began to empty around 1902 because of two orders of civil engineering, which forced the population to move to another safer area, Roscigno new.
Roscigno was born as a village of shepherds who made the transhumance, along the confusion between the river Ripiti and the river Heat, a difficult terrain, subject to frequent landslides and floods.
During the 80’s the abandoned village was rediscovered by journalists and tourists: in those years was born the Pro Loco and the Museum of Rural Civilization that told the story of this place where time has stopped. Visiting Roscigno old means rediscovering the rural origins of the small towns in the hinterland, admiring what remains of churches, houses, ruins, stables and shops.
The village is not completely abandoned, here lives only one person, his guardian Giuseppe Spagnuolo who will tell you all the fascinating story of the village. In 1998 Roscigno Vecchia was included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, together with the National Park of Cilento and Vallo di Diano, the archaeological area of Paestum and the Carthusian monastery of Padula.
WHAT TO SEE
- Museum of Rural Civilization
- Church of San Nicola di Bari
- Archaeological Area of Monte Pruno
- Antiquarium Roscigno Nuova
HOW TO GET THERE
Take the Salerno-Reggio Calabria motorway and exit at Atena Lucana. Continue along State Road 166 and turn onto the provincial road at the crossroads of Corleto Monforte. From here follow the signs for the village.