8/24/20231 min read


Damanhur is a microsociety and Italian ecovillage in the hills of Northern Italy, founded in 1977, boasting its own language, religion, and currency, with over 600 citizens. They believe their leader, Oberto Airaudi Falco, traveled in time to the lost city of Atlantis and learned ancient healing practices, which they still practice today. Each year, they host their annual birthday celebration, where Damanhurians from all over the world return to Damanhur, decked in white robes, and perform ceremonial rituals. VICE's Alessia Camoirano Bruges attends the annual celebration, to learn more about a group who have turned their back on society, intending to create their own utopian paradise.