Mental Floss

European Ghost Towns

Jill Harness

Boots N' All has a great article featuring 8 ghost towns—not in the Old West, but in Europe. The photos are stunning and the stories of how the locations became abandoned are always interesting. My personal favorite on the list is Balestrino (pictured), which was once owned by the Benedictine abbey of San Pietro dei Monti. It's still not known why the city became abandoned, but earthquakes in the area might have played a role.

Have any of you ever been to one of these—or any—abandoned cities?