The river Neto
The River Neto is Calabria’s second largest river in terms of length and capacity. The name means “burnt ships”, and is derived from a legend that tells of a number of Achaeans returning from the Trojan War, who landed near the river’s delta to explore.
Their ships, having been left unattended, were burned by the Trojans who had been left on board and were tired of the long and arduous journey. The Trojans continued to impose the same fate of the river’s name upon many other Achaeans who later came to the site for the purpose of establishing new cities.
The mouth of the river Neto is one of the last wetlands on Calabria’s Ionian coast and is one of the region’s most interesting areas from an ecological and naturalistic standpoint, offering shelter to various species of migratory birds.