From Sept. 3-4, 64 teams of five will compete for the title of hide-and-seek champions of the world in the midst of a ghost town in the Italian Alps. Consonno was once known by the Tales from the Crypt ready moniker of Milan’s “Land of Toys.” The original town was razed in 1968 by a real estate developer with the Tales From the Crypt– ready name of Count Mario Bagno. What ensued was a resort that Bagno had hoped would be the “Italian Las Vegas.” But when a landslide cut off the only road into the town, the resort was abandoned.
Fifty years later the ghost town will serve as the perfect venue for the sixth annual Nascondino World Championship. Over the course of two days, participants will alternately hide in and search through the eerie remains of a hotel, pagoda, minaret, zoo, and train.
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