Breathing Magna Graecia
Distance: 13 km from Crotone
Total time by bus: 30 mins
It can be visited in 2 hours
Symbol of the city’s millenary history, the Doric column erected on the Capocolonna promontory (at about 13 km from the centre of Crotone) carries an echo of the splendour of the Magna Gręcia period.
It is the only remaining column of the temple dedicated to the goddess Hera. Dating back to the 6th century B.C., it was one of the most important religious locations in Magna Gręcia, upon which today stands Capocolonna Archaeological Park.
The Park is made of roughly 30,000 square meters of terrain allocated for excavations which brought to light the foundations of different buildings and domestic locations, along with 20 hectares of Mediterranean woods in which are present pleasant natural trails that lead from the museum to the column.
In the Park is situated the magnificent museum built into the earth, to limit its environmental impact. Divided into three sections (The Earth, The Sacred and The Sea), the Capocolonna Archaeological Museum gathers together artefacts found underwater, votive objects and parts of the temple.