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San Giovanni in Fiore

Sila’s capital

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.


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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

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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

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