I'm told that all over the mountainous parts of Italy you can find hilltop towns like the one above. Boy, they're beautiful...but you have to wonder: how do people make a living up there? The only good farmland is in the flatland below. Do workers really climb up and down the steep hill every day?
People had no choice. Besides, the lowlands were full of bandits and marauders. At least the mountains were safe.
After a point, though, the nobility moved out and the people who were left didn't see the point in keeping the place up.
Things fell into disrepair. People never liked living up there and when they had a chance they bailed to the flatlands and to America. A few hilltowns on the tourist routes made out alright but most of them became near ghost towns.
Here's (above) a village in Southern Italy that's been completely abandoned. Living there would be kind of spooky but...hey, maybe it's free.
BTW: I'm going to take a vacation for a week. I'll be back soon!!!!!!!!!