Unfortunately, not all art is valued all of the time. In Italy, the traditional villages and their traditional way of life were seen as old and tired in the first half of the twentieth century, and many people moved to the city for a faster-paced, hopefully more lucrative life. Things are changing now, and Italy is making a concerted effort to revitalize these once forgotten spaces. This article from Smithsonian Magazine takes a look at the places and their progress.
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