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Uccialì, Alì the renegade

In the village of Le Castella, in the centre of the main square and just a few meters from the magnificent castle, can be found a bronze bust dedicated to Giovanni Dionigi Galeni, better known as Uccialì.

This individual was a famous Saracen pirate born in Le Castella in 1519, who was taken prisoner by Ottoman pirates at the age of 17. Having been put to the oars as a prisoner, after a few years he renounced his Christian faith in order to kill a Turk who had slapped him, thus avoiding the death penalty under Islamic Law.

Uccialì is considered the best admiral of the Ottoman naval armada: in October of 1571, he fought in the historic Battle of Lepanto, which pitted the fleets of the Muslim Ottoman Empire against those of the Christian Holy League.

The clash ended with a crushing victory for the Christians and Uccialì was the only Muslim commander to succeed in rescuing thirty ships, bringing the banner of the Knights of Malta to Istanbul as a trophy.




An Arab map of Crotone of the Ottoman cartographer Ahmed Muhiddin Piri XV-XVI


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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    The Calabrian mountains can be ...
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    A number of traces bear witness to...

Sea Protected Area

Sila National Park

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