CALABRIA | THE IONIC COAST
CALABRIA | THE IONIC COAST
Welcome to the Ionic coast of
Calabria, where the crystal clear
waters of the Mediterranean Sea lap
dozens of kilometres of beaches as
white as snow. Welcome to a land that
2500 years ago ancient Greeks chose
for their richest colonies, and even
today proudly shows the signs of that
Ionic Calabria will surprise you with
the beauty of its coasts, the
variedness of the landscape, the
liveliness of its towns (from Catanzaro
to Soverato, from Roccella to
Siderno), the taste of its cuisine, the
warmth of its people. A country to live
Welcome to the Ionic Sea. Surprising Calabria.
and discover, not just a place in the
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Crotone is at the same time a seaside and agricultural town. These two
A worthwhile excursion from Crotone is to the famed column at Capo
aspects interlace and produce exclusive gastronomic specialties such as the
Colonna on Calabria's extreme eastern point, for which you have to drive or
Mustica or the Sardella bottled in oil and hot pepper and other spices. In
walk 11 km. along the coast. The column is a solitary remnant of a vast
Crotone and along the coast, fish cooked in several ways is a main course.
structure which served as the temple for all the Greeks in Calabria.
The “cavatelli”, a kind of homemade “orecchiette” seasoned with gravy and
grated ripe cheese, are a characteristic and tasty dish. Crotone and its
neighborhood are rich in vines of noble and old origins, the wines produced
are well known all over the world. They are Cirò and Melissa, two inimitable
red wines, sweet-smelling and strong table wines. Cirò has two variations: the
rose and the white wine. Cirò, the gods' wine, was offered after the Olympic
Games to the winners.
Caulonia perches atop a hill that rises some 300 meters from the Ionian coast
and sits between two rivers, facing the sea. The breathtaking scenery
surrounding the town has made Caulonia a popular spot since Roman times.
The town boasts Byzantine frescos, a Norman castle and some interesting
architecture. Caulonia might be an unlikely setting for a film festival, but it
hosts the Festival Del Giovane Cinema Italiano in July, which has attracted
such Italian film luminaries like Giovanni Tornatore, who made the Oscar
winning Cinema Paradiso. The film festival has recently celebrated the career
The Marine Natural Reserve of "Capo Rizzuto" covers an area of about
of Leopoldo Trieste, a Calabrian actor who starred in Tornatore's paean to
14,721 hectares and extends itself for 40 km of coast. The Protected
the everlasting magic of movies.
Marine Area consists of eight promontories: the first one is that of
Capo Colonna, with the temple dedicated to the goddess Hera
while the last one is Le Castella. It is a stretch of
Mediterranean Sea characterized by the variety of natural
environments and by the particular geomorphology of the coast. In
1982 this area, which is considered of particular environmental
interest, was placed among the 21 protected areas or reserves to be
created in Italy. And finally, on 27th December 1991 the Riserva
Naturale Marina "Capo Rizzuto" has been established: from Capo
Colonna to Barco Vercillo.
The most traditional feasts in the area are two. The first one is the Feast of
the Madonna of Capo colonna that takes place in spring. The second one is
the Feast of Magna Graecia that takes place in summer. However, the
hinterland of Crotone is rich in traditions. The Upper Ionian of Crotone, in
fact, gives hospitality to the Albanian community of Pallagorio, S. Nicola del’
Alto and Carfizzi, where year by year old religious rites are repeated.