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August 22, 2016

A ghost town in northern Italy will come back to life this September to host a hide-and-seek world championship.

Consonno was once a playground for tourists, attracting Milan’s elite with its dance halls and grand plaza—until a 1976 landslide destroyed the only road that led into town.

The tiny town has gone more or less unnoticed in the decades since, but on September 3-4, hundreds of competitors will descend upon the town for a game of hide-and-seek.

The Nascondino World Championship—“nascondino” is Italian for hide-and-seek—started in another Italian town in 2010, but the organizers found Consonno to be a natural fit for an enthusiastic return to childhood antics.

Calling it a “world championship” is “more of an ambition than the reality,” organizing team member Giorgio Moratti told Quartz. “But every year we work to make it larger.”

Sixty four teams of five players have paid the 125-euro entry fee to participate in the championship.

Melanie Lieberman is the Assistant Digital Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @melanietaryn.

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