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The Town


A city with a history dating back 2,700 years, with much to tell and many traces left behind by the populations that have inhabited this area over the centuries. Strolling through the city’s streets, visitors can breathe the air of a typical southern Italian town: a laid back lifestyle, people chatting with friends, merchandise on display by street vendors, the aroma of coffee drifting out of the bars…

During the morning, it can be quite pleasant to visit the market by the city walls, which can be accessed through the arcades of Piazza Pitagora (Pythagoras square). You’ll be dazzled by the bright colours of the fruits and vegetables, which change every season, crowding the vendors’ stalls. The vendors also offer a number of unusual traditional foods items, such as snails, known in the local dialect as “dormituri”, or dormants, as they are collected during hibernation.

The old town centre is a maze of lanes and alleyways, sometimes just one metre wide.  Up until a century ago, the entire population lived in the area protected by the large city walls, which were necessary to defend against pirate raids.

According to the Mediterranean tradition, the siesta (the afternoon break) lasts more or less from 1 pm to 5 pm. During these hours, above all on hot summer afternoons, only bars, restaurants, banks and post offices are open to the public. In fact, this is an excellent time of the day to take a stroll along the waterfront, to enjoy an ice cream or to visit the national museum.

 

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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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Sila National Park

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