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Albanian linguistic heritage

Southern Italy’s Italo-Albanians, or Arbėreshė, make up ethnic and linguistic communities which are guardedly bound to their traditions.The most massive presence is found in Calabria, which has a total of 32 communities, including 3 in the province of Crotone: Carfizzi, Pallagorio and San Nicola dell’Alto.

The Arbėreshė have lived in this area for more than five centuries, and have brought with them their Byzantine–Greek customs, costumes, epic songs, folklore, rites and traditions.

The emigration took place in several waves, starting in the second half of the fifteenth century and continuing up until to the second half of the seventeenth century. The first two expeditions were of a military nature, as the Albanians had been called upon by the Aragonese in order to strengthen their armies in their struggle against the House of Anjou.

But the most significant emigration took place after the invasion of Albania by the Ottoman Turks, and following the death of national hero Giorgio Kastriota Skanderbeg in 1468.


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