“An old man, who was born there, knew all the other inhabitants since they were born,” writes Guido Dalla Rosa in his 1870 publishings. “He asked us about our surveys, and listened to our words with deference. We asked him to eat and drink with us, and he happily accepted, tasting the salami we offered him and saying he had never tried any before. […] We were quick friends.”
After a period of abandonment, the village and its houses have been restored by local enthusiasts with the help of one of the last surviving member of the Mangiapane family, who ensures everything remains just as it was a century ago. Today it’s a tiny open air living museum, that allows visitors to step back in time and walk through the daily lives of the villagers, looking inside their bedrooms, touching the furniture and learning to use historical farm tools to bring lost trades briefly back to life.