For years, the displaced citizens were forced to live in tent cities and barracks as the government struggled to create housing options for the afflicted.
However, in 1656 a plague struck Craco, killing hundreds and reducing the population significantly.
Towards the end of the 19th century, the city reached its maximum expansion limits.
This caused Craco to be affected by many landslides of natural origin, in 1600, 1805, 1857, and 1933.
Surviving for over a thousand years, the town survived the plagues and its share of thieves and bandits, but finally succumbed to natural disaster when landslides occurred during the 1950s up through the early 1970s.
Here, dark windows look out at potential travelers like empty eye sockets and the streets and buildings of this medieval town seems to have literally been vacated overnight, left to crumble in decay.