This remote village off the SS598 in the center of Basilicata's empty interior was the site of Carlo Levi's internment during 1936 and 1937. After the war, Levi published his account of that time in his classic Christ Stopped at Eboli, later filmed by Francesco Rosi. Not significantly different from any of the countless villages scattered over the featureless clay gullies and outcrops stretching out on all sides, Aliano (called Gagliano by Levi) hasn't changed much from the time when the book was written, and readers can identify the church, the piazza where the Fascist mayor addressed the impassive peasants, and the classic views.

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