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Calabrian cuisine is centred upon the goodness, the quality and the authenticity of its various ingredients, which are cooked in a simple manner with respect for the local traditions.

Calabrians include chili peppers, the regional emblem, in nearly all of their dishes:this love for spicy food has deep roots, although a sweeter, less spicy variation, with a more faded colour, is also often used.

Pecorino of Crotone, which is made with goat and sheep milk, stands out amongst the local cheeses, with its intense, peppery flavour and pink colour; another ingredient that’s widely used in Crotone cuisine is sardella, a delicious pate made ​​with sardines, anchovies and hot peppers, all of which are blended in oil until a creamy mixture is obtained. The art of making pate with chili peppers is actually quite common in the area’s traditional gastronomy.

To this day, the fresh pasta made in the homes of Crotone residents is made with durum wheat flour, water and salt; it’s usually served with meat sauce and a dusting of pecorino cheese.The shapes are varied, but the most typical are “Cavatelli”, with their hollowed dumpling form, and short fusilli “macaroni”, which are obtained by pulling a long thin rod through the dough.

Pork is an integral part of Calabrian cuisine. Its derivatives are used for main courses, but above all for sausages (capicola, traditional sausage, brawn sausage and pork gelatin).

A typical sweet from the Crotone area is the pitta ‘nchiusa: a wonderful dessert shaped like a bunch of concentric roses, which is prepared using liquor, must, dried fruit, honey, sugar and pine nuts.


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

Crotone Tourism Info