During this period it attracted important artists like Bernini, who designed a few parts of its castle, becoming a really important location. Then it was abandoned. In the year 1799 Monterano was first ravaged by a petty local war about wheat taxes, then it strangely became afflicted by malaria, even if the sulfuric waters shouldn’t allow the reproduction of the mosquito spreading it. In a few months everybody flew the place, which remained abandoned ever since.
Today the scenic remains of Monterano are frequently used as a film set and they are a favorite location for family picnics. The modern village of Casale Monterano, just a few kilometers away, has a rich history and traditions – but nothing can beat the charm of the nearby ghost town.