We are in Calabria, a territory with pristine nature: a few km away is the protected marine area of Capo Rizzuto, the National Park of Pollino – Unesco World Heritage Site, the National Park of Sila. Moreover, about 30 km away is the Archaeological Park of Capo Colonna. Magnificent medieval castles and towers can be admired: 30 km away is the majestic Byzantine Castle of Santa Severina and the Castle of Carlo V of Crotone, 50km away is the Castle of Squillace.
The Peasant Museum of San Leonardo collects, keeps and enhances the most significant objects of the peasants’ tradition of the marquisate. Through a material path, you can visit a typical aspect of daily life, an area dedicated to Land, an area dedicated to Arts and Crafts, and an area dedicated to grapes and their processing.
"LE CASTELLA" AND THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK OF CAPO COLONNA 9 km - Half day trip
Le Castella is a fascinating tourist resort near “Isola Capo Rizzuto” (Crotone) and is on a terrace on the coast of the Ionian sea. The town is said by some to have had Trojan origins. Not to be missed is the splendid Aragonian Castle with its square towers situated on a small island at "Le Castella". Continuing north along the coast on the State Highway 106 you will reach Cape Colonna where it is possible to admire the only survivor of what were originally 48 doric columns making up one of the most beautiful temples in the ancient world which was dedicated to Hera (Giunone).
CUTRO 11 km - Half day trip
Its nickname is “the city of chess” or “the city of bread and chess”. There are several culturally and historically interesting places to visit: the main church dedicated to Santissima Annunziata, the monastery of the Minor Friars, the church of Santa Maria della Pietà, the church of San Rocco, palazzo Grisi and palazzo Santa Chiara. On 12 August, the not-to-be-missed “living chess game”. This event involves 150 people parading in period costumes made by the tailors of Cutro with precious damask fabrics and velvet. As if under a spell, there are also palaces with embattled walls. The show of the flag-wavers opens the living chess game that is played on the chequered pavement of the square.
CROTONE: PYTHAGORAS’ CITY 32 km - Half day trip
Evidence of this splendid city’s past can be seen in the historic town centre. Piazza Pitagora on the higher part of Cavaliere hill, is Crotone’s most important square. It is surrounded by a colonnade which was built midway through the nineteenth century. The splendid 9th century Cathedral in Piazza Duomo contains some beautiful chapels, which are preserved as they were originally built, like, for example, the chapel dedicated to the Black Madonna of Capo Colonna. The Bishopric, Palazzo Vescovile, built in the 16th century, displays the coats of arms of the most important bishops of Crotone. The polygonal castle still exerts the same charm it did back in mediaeval times.
SANTA SEVERINA 35 km - Half day trip
Santa Severina is known as being one of the most beautiful towns in Italy and is well worth a visit. The majestic, Byzantine castle dominates the town. Separated from it by a deep gorge are two rocky spurs, which offer spectacular panoramic views of the suggestive countryside stretching down from the Monti della Sila mountains to the Ionian Sea. The baptistery, which is reached through a small door in Saint Anastasia’s Cathedral, is the oldest Byzantine monument in Calabria and was built between the 8th and 10th centuries. The Museum of the Castles and Fortifications has exhibits ranging from the Iron Age through to the classical period.
LA SILA PICCOLA AND LA SILA GRANDE NATIONAL PARK 80 km - Full day trip
La Sila is in the heart of Calabria, surrounded by a crown of mountains, the highest peak of which, Mount Botte Donato, reaches up to 1928m. It is covered by an immense forest, made up mostly of conifers and beeches, and is home to a rich variety of wildlife. It is the ideal location for walks, mountain-biking and horse-riding, as well as for orienteering, bird-watching, nature observation, natural photography, downhill and cross-country skiing and even sailing and canoeing. The fine local cuisine allows the visitor to sample the delicious products, which are so typical of the Silano area and the Mediterranean way of life.
PIZZO CALABRO, TROPEA AND CAPO VATICANO: THE TYRRHENIAN COAST 140 km - Full day trip
Pizzo Calabro, one of the best-known towns in the area around Vibo Valentia, is a splendid coastal town. It sits high on a rocky outcrop and juts out into the Gulf of Sant’Eufemia. To visit: the ancient fishing village and the little church of Piedigrotta, completely excavated in the tuff and dating back to the 17th C. Following the indications you will reach Tropea, a beautiful tourist town full of interesting historical and cultural sights. Besides the splendid beaches and narrow streets, the Cathedral in Norman Style with the Gothic façade and the 16th century portal. The last stage of your journey takes you to Capo Vaticano where you can visit the Belvedere and appreciate the view of the cliffs.
BELVEDERE MARITTIMO AND THE PERMANENT EXHIBITION OF TERRACOTTA BAS-RELIEFS 170 km - Full day trip
Belvedere Marittimo is an ancient town perched up on the rocks of the Tyrrhenian Cedar Coast to the north of Cosenza. The strategic position it occupies makes it unique both defensively and in terms of the spectacular panoramic views. It is sheltered from behind by the last big mountain of Pollino National Park and looks out over the open sea. The town is famous not only for having preserved its charm and beauty, but also because of its role in an art project that led to the creation of terracotta bas-reliefs on the walls of the houses, bringing back to life the ancient traditions of the Belvedere ceramists.
REGGIO CALABRIA 195 km - Full day trip
Reggio Calabria is home to a major archaeological museum dedicated to Magna Graecia and is where the Riace bronzes are kept. These have become the symbol of the town itself and are a rare testimony to the beauty of Greek bronzes. The Neo-Romanesque Duomo, the largest religious building in Calabria, is well worth a visit. It has a Baroque chapel and numerous works by 19th and 20th century goldsmiths and painters.