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The Grand Tour

Starting in the seventeenth century, the region was visited by a number of rich young men of the European aristocracy, who were engaged in their Grand Tours:long journeys throughout continental Europe which were intended to perfect their education.

Norman Douglas

During the Tours, these young men learned about the politics, culture, art and antiquities of the various European countries. They spent their time doing sightseeing, studying and making purchases.

Amongst them was George Norman Douglas, a famous 20th century English writer who, in 1915, published his work entitled “Old Calabria” in London, a book in which he recounts his travels to Calabria from 1907 to 1911.


“By the Ionian Sea: notes of a ramble in Southern Italy” is the title of a 1901 publication by George Gissing, a late 19th century English writer.

In his book, the author describes a trip to southern Italy in 1897 in search of the places where the civilization of Magna Graecia had once flourished.


In 1879, François Lenormant (a famous French archaeologist, numismatist and assyriologist) visited Calabria starting with the city of Taranto; in 1882, with Naples as his destination, he left from Catanzaro and crossed the entire region of Basilicata.

His travels throughout southern Italy are documented in his travel reports entitled “A travers l'Apulie et la Lucanie” and “La Grande Grèce”.


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.

  • 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...

Sea Protected Area

Sila National Park

Crotone Tourism Info