The Ionian coast in this part of Calabria unwinds between land and sea, ranging intermittently from flat, rugged and lush, but always surprising terrain. Moving away from anthropic traces, we become aware of a beauty which still makes a deep impression on both the eyes and the heart. Exploring this wild territory, immersing yourself in its historic, artistic, archaeological and natural heritage is a powerful and exciting experience.
The Costa dei Gelsomini (Jasmine Coast) offers visitors a beautiful white beach overlooking the vast blue sea.
Interesting sights include the Greek-Roman theatre, the Torre Galea, the fortifications dating back to the period of Aragonese dominion and the Torre Spina or del Cavallaro, a coastal watchtower built in the Byzantine era to stem the Saracen hordes.
Gioiosa Ionica 5 km
A pleasant village on the hills of the ionic coast.Palazzo Amaduri, with the Civic Museum, the Archaeological Park ‘del Naniglio’ and the Roman villa (I century BC) with exquisite mosaics and a hypogeum cistern are of interest.
Gustando il borgo_ International Street Artists Festival.
Locri Epizephiri 10 km
The history of this town is linked to Locri Epizephiri.
the polis of the Magna Graecia (VII century BC), and to the medieval city of Gerace, founded in IX century.
After the Roman conquest of Locri Epizephiri and following Saracen raids, the site was abandoned and its inhabitant fled to the hills in the interior, where they founded Gerace. Allow some time to visit the Museum and Archaeological Park of Locri Epizephiri, one of the most important cities in the Magna Graecia.
Locride Festival of classical music
Portigliola theatre festival at the Archaeological Park
Mu.sa.ba. 10 km
An open-air museum of great impact.
The Santa Barbara Park Museum conceived in 1986 by the creative genius of artist Nik Spatari and his wife Hiske Maas in the Monastic Complex of Santa Barbara, offers a unique experience between art and nature.
Roccella Ionica 15 km
A beach open to wind and sea with crystal clear waters.
A place of history and nature awarded 15 times the coveted Bandiera Blu, which certifies environmental quality. From its headland, the Norman castle complex of the Carafa family looks out over the vast sea and dominates the medieval village. Worth visiting are the amphitheatre, the church of San Nicola di Bari and its annexed structures, as well as the characteristic noblemen’s palazzi and buildings.
Festival jazz Rumori mediterranei in agosto www.roccellajazz.org
Gerace 21 km
One of the ‘Borghi più belli d’Italia’ (Italy’s prettiest villages).
The Palazzo del Balzo, the sixteenth-century church of San Giorgio, the Capuchin convent (1534) and the convent of the Minori Osservanti (1612) are well worth a visit. Among the many churches, Santa Maria del Mastro and Santa Maria di Monserrato, of Byzantine origin, should be mentioned. The church of San Martino was rebuilt after the 1783 earthquake, and the majestic Romanesque-Norman Cathedral was consecrated in 1045. Situated on the square of the Tre Chiese are the gothic Convent Church of San Francesco d’Assisi (1252) and the Greek-Orthodox church of San Giovanni Crisostomo (XI° century). The ruins of the Norman castle (XI° century) can be reached from here.
Il Borgo incantato rassegna internazionale di arte di strada luglio http://www.comune.gerace.rc.it/monumenti