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Coat of arms

The emblem of Crotone is the tripod, which was also depicted on the ancient coins used at the time of the city’s founding in the late eighth century BC, by the Achaeans from Peloponnesus (a Hellenic population that repeatedly colonized southern Italy, giving rise to the colonies of Magna Graecia).

The fact that the city of Kroton had its own coinage is undoubtedly a sign of a flourishing economy and extensive trade activities, claims which have been further substantiated by the discovery of Crotonian coins all over the Mediterranean region.

The Delphic tripod was the dominant element on the city’s coinage: according to tradition, prior to embarking on his journey to the new lands, the Achaean, Myskellos of Rhype, consulted with the Pythia, as was the custom, and was ordered to found a new city in the territory between Capo Lacinio (now Capo Colonna) and Punta Alice (north of Crotone).

The Pythia was the priestess of the Greek sanctuary of Delphi, who, sitting on the tripod, pronounced the oracles in the name of the god Apollo.




This illustration, dating back to the fifth century BC,
depicts the priestess seated upon the tripod in the act
of issuing an oracular response.




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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.


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.


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.

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