Poggioreale: making of a Sicilian ghost town

It’s 1968, October 14, a date engraved in Sicily’s history: a devastating earthquake destroys a wide region of the island between Agrigento, Trapani and Palermo, the valley of the Belice river. The earth trembles when everyone’s still asleep, the old rural buildings of the country towns crumble down killing hundreds. Poggioreale is one of dozens of cities razed to the ground: houses turned into ruins in a matter of seconds.