Total inhabitants: approx. 60,000
It can be visited in 3 hours
Crotone was long one of the most flourishing cities of Magna Graecia. According to the historian Herodotus, the physicians of Crotone were considered the foremost among the Greeks. In 530 BC the mathematician Pythagoras
founded his school in Crotone.
Piazza Pythagoras is the most important square of Crotone and a meeting point for citizens. It is surrounded by porches built in the second half of the ‘800's. Walking through Via Vittorio Veneto we arrive in Piazza Duomo where the magnificent cathedral dating from the IX century is located.
: it has a neo-classical façade; the interior has a nave with two aisles and Baroque decorations. Noteworthy are a baptismal font (XII century) and the Madonna di Capo Colonna
painting, the icon of the “Black Madonna” which, according to the tradition, was brought from the East in the first years of the Christian era.
S. CHIARA’S CHURCH: this small, beautiful church is part of the Poor Clares convent. The church is charcaterised by a beautiful Neapolitan majolica floor and a precious wooden crucifix from the XVIII century.
CHARLES V CASTLE: the castle stands in a imposing position in the highest point of the town, thus able to keep guard over the sea and the surrounding countryside. Today, it represents an enlarged reconstruction of the old, Medieval castle with the various modifications carried out during Angioin and Aragonian rule.
THE NATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM: it is situated near the medieval castle and holds all the most significant finds coming from the archaeological areas of Crotone, especially Capo Colonna. Of great interest is the section dedicated to the so-called “treasure of Hera Lacinia”, with votive objects of extremely high artistic value, found in the sanctuary bearing the same name.
The crotonese craft is especially known for its skilled goldsmiths
, who create magnificent jewels, often inspired by the Greek and Byzantine style.