In 1968 and tremendous earthquake destroyed entirely three villages in the Belice Valley. These historical cities, after the disaster, were in need of a complete reconstruction, but the politicians of that time decided to re-build the three cities, in a new location, about 30 km away from the original site, close to the high way and in a completely new postmodern structure.
Gibellina, under the power of Ludovico Corrao, the former mayor of the city, was re-built by some of the most important architects and artists of that time. The ruins of the old city were mostly covered by a huge site-specific intervention by Alberto Burri, Il Cretto, while Salaparuta and Poggioreale were left under the forces of nature.
Of Salaparuta only few walls are still standing, while the city of Poggioreale, with its historical buildings and with its central square is silently fighting the course of nature.
I Ruderi di Gibellina – Salaparuta e Poggioreale are situated in the Valle del Belice in the province of Trapani.