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Cirò Marina

Cirò, the wine of the gods.

Distance: 38 km from Crotone

Total time by bus: 1 h 20 mins

It can be visited in 3 hours

Getting to know Crotone does not just mean admiring its cultural and natural heritage but also discovering the delicious flavours and scents of its local cuisine. One of its best-known products is its wine, especially the “D.O.C.” from Cirò and Melissa, and the “I.G.T” Val di Neto wines. The grape-growing tradition has ancient roots: back in the time of Magna Grcia, Cirò, the “wine of the gods”, was proffered to Olympic champions after the games.

The Cirò’s wine-makers usually hold wine tastings in their wineries, as well as guided tours in their vineyards. Such events give the chance to learn more about other important ingredients of the local cuisine.

First of all the olive oil, whose tradition is also fairly ancient; nowadays the “D.O.P. Alto Crotonese” extra-virgin olive oil is quite highly considered. The delicious local cold cuts (sausages, soppressata and capocollo) are spiced with hot chilli peppers, added to better preserve the meat and enhance its flavour.

From the black pork of Calabria comes a variety of delicacies for sophisticated palates.

The various sheep pastures provide the ingredients for the Crotonese pecorino cheese and salted ricotta, perfect for grating on top of the locally produced “covatelli” pasta with meat sauce. The wheat bread is excellent too, especially the one produced in the Cutro bakeries, and goes well with local ptés and sauces such as “‘nduja” (spreadable salami) or “sardella”, made with whitebait (sardines), chilli pepper and wild herbs.

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