|Source: "Inside the abandoned 'Las Vegas of Italy', a hillside ghost town with wacky architecture - and a bar"--Daily Mail. "|
These pictures give you a mesmerising glimpse inside the so-called Città dei Balocchi - 'City of Toys' - which was once a playground for well-heeled residents and tourists from Milan, an 80-minute drive to the south.
In its heyday, the tourist hotspot, in the foothills of the Alps, lured visitors with quirky architecture and attractions that included shopping galleries, casinos, restaurants, a grand hotel and a ballroom. It even had a fake castle. But now the eerie carcass of this eccentric folly sits crumbling on the hillside, with the surrounding woodlands slowly swallowing it.