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  • On my way to S. Elia Melicucca, where a classmate of mine was born, I stopped in Auletta one late evening.

    I left the highway at Petina-Auletta exit. It was the first time I realized where Auletta was. I used to hear a lot about it in the 90s because of the earthquake but I was never able to find it.

    I was looking for a place to crash and I was attracted by some huge signs along the road: the name Auletta echoed everywhere.

    I reached the village when it was totally dark. In the darkness the walls were shining with words and symbols, sidewalks were full of letter shaped stools.
    On a door I found a signage of a bed with a weird pen and meal symbol.

    Curious! I decided to stop there.

    Approaching the signage I started to hear a voice telling the story of that house and about its inhabitants.
    On a side there was also an app symbol. Uhm! I got my smartphone to download it and a world made of histories and information appeared. People were telling stories, every kind of stories and experiences.

    As I started to surf I discovered that Auletta, 30 years after the earthquake, had decided to invest in its ruins.
    In 2012 there was an open call for ideas that brought to Auletta new forms of hospitality based on storytelling.

    Part of the village, they explained, was still ruined but there you could find several accommodations.
    Each place was described by the story of its previous inhabitants and you could choose it according to your favourite one.

    The day after I thought I would tell my own story of Auletta and share it.
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