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Vrica and Stuni: the ravines

About four kilometres south of Crotone is in an area of great scientific value, characterized by the presence of ravines: particular forms of erosion created by the atmospheric agents, above all by rain water. The importance of the area is due to its special clay rock formations, which have become known in geological literature “Vrica Sections”.

In fact, on behalf of the entire international scientific community, international organizations have agreed that this place represents the boundary between rocks formed in two different yet subsequent geological periods, and is thus used to define a standard for distinguishing the transitions between different eras.

In scientific terminology, this era is known as the Pliocene/Pleistocene, for which it is a sort of internationally recognized geological photograph that shows an epochal mutation that took place nearly 2.5 million years ago.

By reading the walls of the ravine, expert eyes are able to identify a stratification that bears witness to the passage from one era to the next. These hills, therefore, are of enormous geological significance, and also provide for a highly suggestive landscape:the environment is similar to that of the Central American Desert, with thorny shrubs sprouting from the ground here and there, blossoming in the springtime with intensely aromatic flowers.


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 ...
  • Archaeological Sites

    A number of traces bear witness to...

Sea Protected Area

Sila National Park

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