Capo Rizzuto marine reserve
Distance: 28 km from Crotone
Total time by bus: 50 mins
It can be visited in 3 hours
The colour of the sea changes from sky blue to emerald green and the coast, rich in history and nature, is so spectacular that in 1991 was declared a marine protected area.
The marine reserve of “Capo Rizzuto” stretches along the coast for 42 km, covering an area of about 15,000 hectares, which make it the largest in Italy.
Eight promontories mark the reserve’s boundaries. The first of which is Capo Colonna, moving further along, you reach the Punta Le Castella, the last bulwark of the reserve, with its Aragonian castle, situated on an island, birthplace to Uccialì, who later became commander of the imperial fleet of Constantinople.
On board of a glass-bottomed boatit is possible to admire the spectacular seabed. A unique experience, rocked by the waves while watching the immense meadows of “Posidonia Oceanica” seagrass, inhabited by multicoloured fish.
Aquarium and CEAM (environmental education centre): Located in Capo Rizzuto village, the Aquarium houses 22 tanks with a total capacity of about 20.000 litres; inside you can admire the flora and fauna of the protected area, it is in itself a miniature reserve in which the marine habitat has been faithfully recreated, completely respecting the organisms present. There is also a laboratory dedicated to the Aquarium’s younger guests, with the aim of learning about marine biology and ecology. The Aquarium is also rescue centre for loggerhead sea turtles.