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Centuripe – The Italian Town That’s Shaped Like a Person

This little village in Italy has stirred up quite a bit of conversation!

Background

Centuripe is a town and commune located in the providing of Enna. It is in east-central Sicily, Italy, and only has about 5,000 inhabitants. It lies on a ridge between the Dittaino and Simento Rivers at an elevation of 2,402 feet (732 m). The history of this town dates back to at least the 5th century BC.

The Shape

Centuripe is remarkable because of its figure. Much of the shape is subjective and left up to the viewer’s creativity and imagination. The town of Centuripe appears to have a torso, two arms, two legs, and a head. Others believe that it resembles Da Vinci’s infamous Vitruvian Man, a 5-point star, a swallow with two legs, or even a starfish!

Pio Andrea Peri, a drone snapper, uncovered the shape of the town when viewing it on Google Earth! He was unable to capture the entire “figure” in one shot because of the limit of the drone. Thus, he took the photos seen below by combining multiple other shots!

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