Today, this unique village serves as an interesting open-air museum, where you can step back in time to see what Italian life was like in the golden days. The carvings which were found on the cave’s wall suggest it may have been settled during the Paleolithic era.
The village was named after the Mangiapane family, who used to live in the village from the early 1800’s until around the 1950’s, and thanks to this family the village is still exists.
After it was abandoned in the middle of the 20th century,it appeared the village would face a slow but terminal decline.
A group of numerous local volunteers consulted with the Mangiapane family member and preserved the village almost precisely as it was. A visit to Mangiapane starts well before you reach the stone and earth covered houses, stores, and places of worship of the village. The gorgeous cave rises eighty meters into the sky and in the village, you’ ll have the chance to explore at the site, which stretches from the area at the base of the cave to seventy meters inside, where there are worksites, homes, and the original furniture and tools therein.
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