The story of Crotone takes its roots in the VIII century B.C., when it was founded with the name of Kroton by Greek settlers who found a mild climate and a fertile land, as well as a strategic position on the Ionian Sea, that still makes the city a crucial point in the Mediterranean.
It is during the Magna Graecia period (VII-I B.C.), that Crotone inherited the unique privilege of taking on the role of guardian of the history of this civilization.
Even today, wherever one excavates, it is possible to uncover remains from the Greek age which saw Crotone at the height of its splendour in the 5th century BC.
During the course of the centuries Crotone has been home to several Mediterranean people, such as the Oenotrians, the Greeks, the Romans, the Byzantines, the Bruttii as well as of Franco-German origin, such as the Normans, the Suebi, the Angioins and the Bourbons. These populations, founders of western and Mediterranean civilization, have left visible traces of their greatest and culture.
The stratification of the territory makes it possible to trace, at different depths, testimony to the different historic phases which have passed Crotone. The plan which privileged this area was not simply of a strategic character for the military defence of the coasts, but also for the environmental and cultural profile which characterize this territory.