The "stone ship"
Distance: 30 km from Crotone
Total time by bus: 60 mins
Total inhabitants: approx. 2,300
It can be visited in 3 hours
Known as the "Stone Ship" because it clings imposingly to a tufa rock buttress overlooking the Neto river valley, the medieval "borgo" (village) of Santa Severina is listed among "The most beautiful villages in Italy" and renowned for the wonderful Carafa fortress.
The CASTLE is composed by a 15th-century square keep with four angular towers and the same number of jutting bastions. It is surrounded by a moat and encircling walls, with a section that offers examples of different types of crenellation (Byzantine, Norman and Suevian) The elegant salons are ornated with stuccoes and paintings by Francesco Giordano. Even the archaeological museum housed within it chronicles the historical evolutions of the castle and the town.
From the 9th to the 11th century the town lived its period of greatest splendour: the BAPTISTERY, which is accessed via a little door in the CATHEDRAL, is the oldest Byzantine monument in Calabria: built between the 8th and the 9th century on a circular base with a Greek cross, it was originally a martyry and only later it became a baptistery.
The CHURCH OF SAINT FILOMENA, an interesting example of Byzantine-Norman architecture, is an 11th century construction with a small dome decorated with little columns (a typical pattern in Armenian buildings). What was once the Church of the Pozzoleo has been restored, and today holds the crypt of Saint Filomena. It once held a beautiful holy-water font made of Parian marble, now in the interesting Diocesan Museum, situated alongside of the cathedral.
The Carrafa castle can be the magnificent location for cocktails and tasting of local products, as well as for any kind of events such concerts and stage shows.
Getting to Santa Severina