Sicily must be paradise for Lost Places enthusiasts.
On the way to Mount Etna we came across a particularly interesting example - the 7 villages of Villaggi Schisina.
During a agrarian reform in the 1950s impoverished peasants were assigned lands in the hilly but fertile area around Etna. To accommodate those peasants the authorities commissioned the construction of seven villages. Even though construction was completed by the mid-50s many of the houses in those villages were never inhabited. The design of the houses was said to be flawed. A lack of insulation, electricity and running water meant most peasants outright refused to move in. By the early 1960s most houses were completely abandoned and fell into disrepair. Only the administrative centre in the village Borgo Schisina remained in use - as sort of a holiday camp. For a short period anyway.
Information about the 7 villages is scarce and often contradictory. Actually we camped for one night in Borgo Schisina. We couldn't quite determine when it had been abandoned but we found graffiti dating as far back as 1982. Most structures were still in remarkably good condition, though.
We also stopped in the village Borgo Piano Torre. Much to our surprise we found power lines (and digital electric meters) at some houses in the vicinity. Most of the houses were clearly abandoned, though.
We also passed by the villages of Borgo Morfia, Borgo Pietrapizzuta and Borgo Malfita but they were either cordoned off or we failed to find the access roads altogether.
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