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Pentedattilo is a small abandoned ghost village in the province of Reggio Calabria, Italy, where every year you could attend the annual International Short Film Festival.

About Pentedattilo

Basic Information:

  • Abandoned Village: Pentedattilo
  • Region: Calabria
  • Province: Reggio Calabria
  • Municipality: Melito Porto Salvo
  • Zona: South Italy


Pentedattilo (Calabrian Greek: Pentadàktilo) is a ghost town in Calabria, Southern Italy, administratively as a fraction 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". From the Ghost town of Pentedattilo you could have a good view to the Mount Etna.

Pentedattilo 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 baron 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 several times damaged by an earthquake in 1783 which caused the migration of the grand part of the population in and nearby Melito Porto Salvo. The town remained totally uninhabited from the mid-1960 to the 1980s when it was partially restored and repopulated by volunteers from across Europe.


Events: Film Festival

Every summer Pentedattilo hosts a festival that celebrates the Hellenistic culture. Between August and September a fascinating International Short Film Festival opens to those insatiable travelers who explore unusual borders, dedicating them a 3 full time days of screenings, seminars, films, special events. The Festival was born in 2006 by a group of young filmmakers and produced by 'Ram Film' and the 'Association Pro Pentedattilo' with the partnership of several bodies and agencies, aims to give visibility to the most recent production of short films and to foster ideas and artistic exchanges; whereas the awards are an encouragement to the authors who invade each year a place that represents an emblem of change and creative sharing.


Opening Hours

As the town is a Ghost town now it is open 24 hours. It is recommended to be cautious when you go there by falling rocks and houses.



Calabria, Reggio Calabria, Pentidattilo

nearest city: Melito di Porto Salvo


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