Pentedattilo is a ghost town on Monte Calvario, a mountain which once looked like a hand. In fact, the name of the town comes from the Greek words penta and daktylos, meaning “five fingers”.
The town, originally a Greek colony in 640 BC, was dominated by many civilizations. In 1783, an earthquake severely damaged the town and many migrated to Melito Porto Salvo. The town was completely uninhabited from the mid-1960s until the 1980s when volunteers began to bring it back to life.
The intrigue of this town starts even before you enter the village. The Church of Candelora and its small square offer an impressive view of the hamlet. As you wander through the small alleys of this charming village, you feel almost frozen in time.
And what would a ghost town be without its own haunting tale. Outside the village are the ruins of an ancient castle that was home to the Alberti family. It was here on the night of April 16th in 1686 that nearly the entire Alberti family was massacred due to on-going disputes between the Alberti and Abenavoli families.
Are you adventurous? Follow the rugged nature path to a lookout point and a rewarding view of Mount Etna.