The village of Grottole is suffering from an outflow of the population, with the young generation moving to the cities to seek better opportunities. The village has lost 75% of its population. A local NGO has been working with members of the community to rebuild the village and create local business initiatives to re-dynamise the local economy and benefit the members of the village.
In the small village of Grottole in southern Italy, a most fascinating and intriguing regeneration project is underway. Once a thriving community, the historic town has lost most of its inhabitants and 60% of the current population are over 70. Through the restoration of abandoned houses and buildings, and the creation of a new community, the experimental Wonder Grottole project connects people from all over the world. Visitors are welcomed as the heartbeat of the initiative. Participation can take any form you wish, from learning about the project and supporting the local businesses through your visit, through to longer term volunteering opportunities.
Visit the Wonder Grottole project on a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience and you will meet Silvio and Michela, locals who are striving to bring back the traditional way of living of the area. As you step into their home and explore the historic old town together, you’ll gain fascinating insights into the work taking place to breathe new life into Grottole.
During your visit you will get the chance to sample delicious local produce over lunch and enjoy a wine tasting, all helping to preserve the local culture through your custom.
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