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The Madonna of Capo Colonna

The Festival of the Madonna of Capo Colonna is a catholic festival in honour of the Byzantine painting depicting the Virgin Mary holding the baby Jesus.

Legend has it that, around the year 1500, the painting was thrown into the sea by the Turks, during one of their raids, after they had been unsuccessful in their attempts to set it ablaze.

The painting, darkened by the attempts of the Turkish raiders, was later found by a fisherman near the promontory of Capo Colonna. It was then honoured with the title of the Madonna of Capo Colonna, recalling the place in which it was recovered.

According to the tradition, on the third weekend in May, her effigy is carried in a nocturnal procession from the Cathedral of Crotone to the sanctuary of Capo Colonna (a distance of nearly 12 km), followed by a large crowd of worshippers.

The following day, the image is brought back to its original location in Crotone, by sea, where it is welcomed in a festive atmosphere of applause and fireworks.

Throughout the week, the city is invaded by thousands of visitors, creating a wonderful atmosphere; there’s even a large fair set up along Viale Regina Margherita and near the municipal stadium.



The church on the promontory of Capo Colonna 


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