San Giovanni in Fiore
Distance: 53 km from Crotone
Total time by bus: 1 h 40 mins
Total inhabitants: approx. 18,000
It can be visited in 3 hours
S. Giovanni in Fiore is the gateway to the mountains and the most important inhabited centre of the Sila Plateau, with active handicraft, commercial and tourism initiatives.
The town has illustrious origin, being the site where Gioacchino Da Fiore in 1189 established his monastery, around which the village gradually developed.
The monastery and the cloister in addition to the abbey, founded in 1185, have been almost completely restored.
In the crypt there are the remains of the Abbot, the remains of the cells, and fine 17th century wooden choir stalls. Three sculptured stone portals from the 17th century are incorporated into the main church which contains a fine baptismal font of the same period.
There is a Museum in the left nave of the Abbey covering an area of over 1,000 m2 with numerous sections displaying an interesting series of local utensil and an impressive photographic collection of S. Giovanni in Fiore and the Sila.