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Milo the Olympic champion


 

This ancient city was famous for its favourable climate, for the beauty of its women and for its fertile countryside, as well as for the physical strength of its men, including Milo, the most famous wrestler of ancient Greece. In fact, the city eventually went on to boast the highest number of Olympic champions of all Greek cities: according to the proverb, "the last of the Crotoniates is the first of the Greeks." According to legend, Milo left to participate in the Olympics with a calf and reached Olympia with a bull on his shoulders, arousing wonder and clamour, and went on to win numerous competitions.

According to another legend, Milo , having grown old, was travelling through a forest when he came upon an ancient olive tree sacred to the goddess Hera, which was located in front of the her temple, the ruins of which can still be found south of Crotone on the promontory of Capo Colonna, Hera Lacinia. The wrestler placed his hands inside the crack in the hollow trunk in order to break it in half as a final show of strength, but ended up getting stuck and falling prey to a pack of wolves.

Art

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.

Wineries

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.

Mountains

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

Archaeological Sites

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.

  • Art

    Crotone, with its old town and the ...
  • Sea Protected Area

    In the marine reserve of "Capo Rizzuto" ...
  • Wineries

    One of the best-known ...
  • Mountains

    The Calabrian mountains can be ...
  • Archaeological Sites

    A number of traces bear witness to...
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Sea Protected Area

Sila National Park

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