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Santa Severina

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.


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Crotone, Pythagoras' town
Santa Severina, the "stone ship"
Le Castella, the magic of a castle in the sea

Crotone, with its old town and the Castel of Charles V. Santa Severina, named among the most beautiful Italian villages. San Giovanni in Fiore, famous for its abbey and Gioacchino da Fiore. And finally Le Castella, an ancient fishing village well known for its castle that actually sits on a small isthmus anchored to the shore by a strip of land.

Sea Protected Area

Capo Rizzuto and its marine reserve

In the marine reserve of "Capo Rizzuto" the colour of the sea changes from sky blue to emerald green and the coast is truly spectacular, so rich in history and nature, that in 1991 it was declared a protected marine reserve, covering an area of about 15,000 hectares, which make it the largest in Italy.


Cirò, the wine of the gods

One of the best-known products of the territory is its wine, especially the "D.O.C." Cirò, "wine of the gods", that was proffered to Olympic champions after the games.


Sila, an amazing mountain in the middle of the Mediterranean

The Calabrian mountains can be identified with the vast plateau at the centre of the region, with peaks that hit the 2000-meter mark. The Silan landscape is characterized by the larician pine, a soaring, tall tree that recalls the gentle wilderness of the Alps

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Capo Colonna, breathing Magna Graecia

A number of traces bear witness to the Magna Graecia period, possibly the most fruitful that Crotone has ever known, and during which the mathematician Pythagoras selected the city as the site for his school: the Capocolonna Archaeological Park.

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