Destructive rocks of Pentidattilo - Italy

Selected for Google Maps and Google Earth

Pentedattilo (Calabrian Greek: Pentadàktilo) is a ghost town in Calabria, southern Italy, administratively a frazione of Melito di Porto Salvo. Until 1811, before the unification of Italy, it was a separate commune. It is situated at 250 m above the sea level, on the Monte Calvario, a mountain whose shapes once resembled that of five fingers (whence the name, from the Greek penta + daktylos , meaning "five fingers" ( thats what she said)

The town was founded as a colony of the Greek city of Chalcis, in 640 BC. A flourishing commercial town during the Greater Greece and Roman eras, it declined during the Byzantine domination, when it was sacked by the Saracens and by others.

In the 12th century it was conquered by the Normans, and, together with Capo D'Armi, Condofuri and Montebello Ionico, it became part of a baronal fief under the Abenavoli family. These were succeeded by the Francoperta, from Reggio Calabria, and then by the Alberti (until 1760), the Clement and the Ramirez (1823).

The town was severely damaged by an earthquake in 1783, which caused the migration of much of the population to the nearby Melito Porto Salvo. The town remained totally unhinabited from the mid-1960 to the 1980s, when it was partially restored and repopulated by volunteers from across Europe.

Show more
Show less
Save Cancel Want to use bold, italic, links?

Comments (602)

▓ ☻ galloelprimo ☻ ▓ on March 23, 2012

Wow!! excelente fotografia, me encanta!! like 119

Minka Tsoneva (Mimip… on March 23, 2012

Un altra città fantasma. Mi piace questa foto, peccato per la città! Y* & Like!

Saluti da Torino, Mimi

kovi53 - NO VIEWS on March 25, 2012

Thank you very much

Remek... galloelprimo...

for your visits, kind comment and like votes. Honour for me. Greetings, Viktor

Buonasera Mimi, lieto ti sia piaciuta, ringrazio molto per YS e Lk. Un saluto, Viktor

Luca Rigato on March 26, 2012

Wonderful landscape. like

EdwardTurJ on March 26, 2012

Gorgeous shot!
Greetings from Czernowitz in Ukraine, Edward

kovi53 - NO VIEWS on April 1, 2012

Thank you very much

Luca... Edward...

for your visits, kind comments and like vote. Honour for me.

Greetings, Viktor

Alessandro Bisagno on April 8, 2012

Hello dear friend Viktor, splendid shot and fantastic location. LIKE+YS. Happy Easter, Alex from Genova in Italy

Leo W on April 9, 2012

excellent composed capture, impressive landscape, well done colours, YSL

best wishes, Leo

kovi53 - NO VIEWS on April 10, 2012

Thank you very much

Alex... Leo...

for your visits, kind comments, YS and like votes. Honour for me.

Greetings, Viktor

nino evola on April 10, 2012

Very beautiful photo, excellent view

LIKE/125


A dear greetings from italy

Nino

kovi53 - NO VIEWS on April 12, 2012

Nino, thanks a lot for your visit, kind comment and like vote. Honour for me.

Greetings, Viktor

Thanasis Germanos on April 12, 2012

It's a very nice photo. LIKE126 Greetings and best wishes Thanasis

kovi53 - NO VIEWS on April 15, 2012

Thanasis, thanks a lot for your visit, kind comment and like vote. Honour for me.

Greetings, Viktor

hschwe on May 6, 2012

Tolle Serie von Fotos aus Italien, Viktor! LIKE 22!! Viele Grüße, Helmut

kovi53 - NO VIEWS on May 7, 2012

Helmut, thanks a lot for your visit, kind comment and like vote. Honour for me.

Greetings, Viktor

Jaroslav Klečka on May 14, 2012

Marvelous capture. Congratulations. I YSL it. Best wishes from Czechia. Jaroslav

ALLWO - I LIKE PANOR… on May 18, 2012
  • LIKE 129 - Hallo Viktor - Alle lieben Dein wundervolles Foto - Ich auch - Herzlichen Glückwunsch von Wolfgang - Deine Einstellung gefällt mir sehr gut -
Faintlightofdawn on May 19, 2012

liked, terrific landscape Viktor! Best wishes, Fai

kovi53 - NO VIEWS on May 19, 2012

Thank you very much

Jaroslav... Wolfgang... Fai...

for your visit, kind words and like votes. Honour for me.

Greetings, Viktor

♥Beautiful photo of this enjoyable scenery.

♥LIKE131&YS24

Best wishes and kind greetings from IRAN Fardin

Sign up to comment. Sign in if you already did it.

Photo details

  • Uploaded on June 1, 2010
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by kovi53 - NO VIEWS
    • Camera: Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
    • Taken on 2008/10/08 13:24:23
    • Exposure: 0.005s (1/200)
    • Focal Length: 18.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/9.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash

Groups