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The Sila


There is a mountainous plateau in the heart of Calabria, with peaks reaching nearly 2000 meters in height, that offers exceptional experiences: just 50 km separate the snowy peaks from the Calabrian seaside. Four ski resorts are operational during the winter, from late December to March.

The Sila is a gentle mountain, so much so that its landscapes, which are dominated by pines and firs, are reminiscent of Alpine valleys. The area has been protected, since 1968, by the creation of a National Park , which safeguards it preservation.

In antiquity, the vast forests provided large amounts of lumber to the Greeks and Romans, who felled large trees to build their fleets.

In addition to the wood, ancient populations also made use of the pitch, which was used to waterproof seagoing vessels or to manufacture cosmetics.

The wolf is one of the Sila area's most valuable wildlife elements.In addition to being selected as the park’s official symbol, this important predator has always captured the attention of mankind. Today, dozens of specimens can be found throughout the park’s territory.

The cuisine of the Sila area is based on two elements:salami and mushrooms. The latter, which are favoured by the vast forest environment, are used in the kitchen to prepare traditional dishes and are also preserved in oil. A wide range of festivals have always been held within the area’s local towns and villages.

 

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Art

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.

Wineries

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.

Mountains

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...
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Sea Protected Area

Sila National Park

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