Tocco Caudio

Tocco Caudio is a village and comune in the province of Benevento, in the Campania region of southern Italy. The old town was abandoned after a series of earthquakes in 1980 and 1981.

Tocco Caudio
Comune di Tocco Caudio
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Coat of arms of Tocco Caudio
Coat of arms
Location of Tocco Caudio
Tocco Caudio is located in Italy
Tocco Caudio
Tocco Caudio
Location of Tocco Caudio in Italy
Tocco Caudio is located in Campania
Tocco Caudio
Tocco Caudio
Tocco Caudio (Campania)
Coordinates: 41°8′N 14°38′E / 41.133°N 14.633°E / 41.133; 14.633Coordinates: 41°8′N 14°38′E / 41.133°N 14.633°E / 41.133; 14.633
ProvinceBenevento (BN)
 • MayorGennaro Caporaso
 • Total27.2 km2 (10.5 sq mi)
540 m (1,770 ft)
 (1 January 2017)[3]
 • Total1,534
 • Density56/km2 (150/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code0824
Patron saintSaints Cosmas and Damian
Saint day27 September
WebsiteOfficial website


People explore the ghost town.

As with many ancient towns in this mountainous region of southern Italy, Tocco Caudio was built on a promontory ridge. Tocco Caudio's ridge is fairly small and somewhat isolated. This arrangement made the town easily defensible, while having ready access to ridge-top roads along which a traveller would not need to cross any rivers. Also, as was typical with medieval development, the town is fairly compact with narrow streets.


In 1980 and 1981, earthquakes damaged much of the old historical center of Tocco Caudio. Rather than rebuild the historic town, the citizens were forced to completely abandon it and resettle around the ridge. Today there are essentially two Tocco Caudios: an empty ghost town and a new town above it in a location called Friuni.



  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  3. ^ All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.

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