SIBARTIDE NATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM AND PARK
6 km - Half-day trip
Located on the Strada Statale 106 Ionica, the Parco Archeologico di Sibari is the site of one of the richest and most important cities of the Magna Graecia. Still continuing to this day, excavation works have brought to light various areas of the city built by Hippodamus of Miletos using the famous orthogonal plan. Little is known, however, of the structure of the previous city, whose destruction prevented it from influencing the subsequent layout. Findings from the excavations are housed in the Museo Archeologico Nazionale della Sibaritide (Sibaritide National Archaeological Museum). The Museo Archeologico Nazionale della Sibaritide is located to the east of the archaeological site, towards the shores of the Ionian Sea. The museum houses findings dating from the Magna Graecia’s protohistoric era to the Roman civilisation and relating to the cities of Sybaris, Thurii and Copia, as well as to the various other settlements in the area.
S.ANGELO CAVES - CASSANO ALLO JONIO
23 km - Half-day trip
Situated next-door to the village of Cassano, the S.Angelo Caves are a group of karst caves of great speleological and tourist value: the tour is an exciting experience along an enchanting trail through halls, passages, water holes and spectacular carbonate concretions.
23 km - Half-day trip
Corigliano Calabro is a splendid hilltop town with panoramic views out over the Sibari plain. The historic town centre has a rich, valuable, architectural and artistic heritage, not least of which is the majestic castle which rises from the highest point. The whole of Corigliano castle can be visited: On the ground floor are the dungeons, which were also used as a pantry and storage area and the well there provided water for the castle. The first, or “mezzanine”, floor was reached by crossing the drawbridge. The second, or “Noble”, floor contained the state-rooms and the Throne Room. While on the third floor were the Servants’ Quarters. Other interesting buildings in the area of Corigliano Calabro include the Church of Saint Anthony of Padova, the Church of Saint Peter and the Church of Saint Mary.
ROSSANO AND THE LIQUORICE FACTORY
31 km – Full-day trip
Nestled in the Sibari plain, in between the Sila mountain range and the Ionian coastline, Rossano has a notable historic centre, boasting the cathedral church known as the Cattedrale di Maria Santissima Achiropita, the oratory named Oratorio di San Marco, the St. Maria del Pàtire monastery and the church known as Chiesa di S. Bernardino. The historic town centre of Rossano is built around Corso Garibaldi, the main street, with piazzas and courtyards branching off, where there are eighteenth and nineteenth-century buildings and stately-homes. You can see the nineteenth-century “Torre dell’Orologio” Clock Tower in central Steri Piazza and La Fontana della Sirena or The Mermaid’s fountain. Rossano is linked to a produce that is renowned throughout the entire territory of Calabria: liquorice. The first factory for the production of liquorice was founded in 1731 by initiative of the Amarelli family. Today, it is also possible to visit the Museo della Liquirizia (Liquorice Museum) and discover the techniques used for the processing of the root.
SANCTUARY OF THE MADONNA DELLE ARMI - CERCHIARA DI CALABRIA
32 km - Half-day trip
The Sanctuary of the Madonna delle Armi, is not solely a suggestive destination for spiritual pilgrimages. It is situated just over 1000m above sea level in a rocky, mountainous area. It is possible to visit two large buildings when you enter the sanctuary – the Duke’s palace and the former pilgrims’ hospital. The Byzantine church is carved several metres into the rock itself, and the very old statue of the Madonna of Constantinople can be admired inside. As you go down to the town it is interesting to visit the Church of Saint Peter and the Grotta delle Ninfe or Nymphs’ Grotto, which is known for its thermal springs.
ROSETO CAPO SPULICO CASTLE
35 km – Full-day trip
The castle in Roseto Capo Spulico rises majestically from a rocky outcrop, with a sheer drop down to the Ionian Sea. It dominates the Gulf of Taranto from its strategic location and is a splendid example of Friderician architecture of tenth-century, templar origins. The large, internal courtyard is surrounded by high crenellated walls and is completed by an arch bearing coats of arms featuring the “Rose” and the “Lily”, which were “Alchemical-Templar” symbols. After the castle, you could finish the day with a boat trip to admire the clear, emerald-coloured waves and the surprising underwater scenery of the sea-bed.
44 km – Full-day trip
Famed as one of the most attractive towns in Italy, the beauty of Morano lies in its delicate balance between art and natural beauty. Stone arches, towers, buttresses and houses huddled together are married with the majesty of the surrounding mountains to create a truly unique panorama. The district of Morano Calabro sits at the foot of the Pollino Massif, bordering Castrovillari, San Basile, Saracena, Mormanno and Frascineto. The town offers so many beautiful views and sights to its visitors and the Castle, seemingly suspended between the sky and the mountains, is not to be missed!
POLLINO NATIONAL PARK
72 km – Full-day trip
The Parco Nazionale del Pollino is the largest natural park in Italy. Encompassing a vast area across the peaks of the Dolcedorme and the Cozzo del Pellegrino and enclosed by the waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Ionian Sea, the park is home to many tree species, including the silver fir, the beech, the black pine and, at the higher altitudes and on the steepest mountain sides, also the Loricato Pine, an extremely rare species (in Europe found only here and in the Balkans), which is the symbol of the park. The fauna has a great natural value. It is possible to admire the presence of the Apennine wolf and the Orsomarso deer. The Park Authority organizes a full day for visitors to contact with nature: hiking, mountain biking, rafting, trekking and cycling.