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The Italian town of Gangi, built atop a small bump-like hill in an wooded valley in central Sicily, about 80 kilometers southeast of Palermo, looks like a giant tortoise shell. Less than two years ago, few people outside Italy had heard about it. Now people from all over Europe and as far away as Australia are vying each other for a piece of the town.

Regarded by many as one of the most beautiful in Italy, this 12th century town had a population of 16,000 in the 1950s. Today, there are just 7,000 left. People have been moving away from Gangi for more than a hundred years, lured by the ‘American dream’, thanks to some brilliant sales agent of trans-Atlantic ocean liners selling the prospects of a better life in America.


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