Thursday, May 8, 2014

City in the South

I've been reading this book where one of the characters lived for a while in a city called Crotone, which sparked my curiosity and made me look into it. The city is located in the south of Italy in the region of Calabria and overlooking the Ionian Sea.


The city was founded circa 710 BC and became one of the most promising cities of the Italian cities under Greek rule. It flourished to such a degree that it's citizens were well know for its physical strength and skills that earned them several Olympic games titles, being Milos of Croton the most famous and whose statue can be found at the Louvre.


Crotone's great citizens were physicians, philosophers and even the great Pythagoras who founded his school at the city. The city faced many ups and downs throughout history and today is once again a flourishing city {and province} attracting many tourists to enjoy its ancient ruins and emerald colored waters.


Among its attractions are the Cathedral dating to the 9th century built in the Neoclasical style with richly Baroque decorated interiors. The castle of Charles V is testament of the Spanish rule and influence of the region in the 16th century. The Castella is the castle built on a small island off the coast and built in several styles depending on the influence that city was under. Finally, as an important ancient city, the Capo Colonna archeological site is where people can visit the ruins of the temple of Hera Lacinia.


The food in Crotone is rich a varied as its main ingredients are products of the sea influence by French, Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine. Local markets are located in winding alleys that sell local artifacts and handicrafts. No doubt discovering this Italian gem has been a great thing as I wanderlust about visiting one day.

Have a lovely day!

4 comments:

  1. Wow! I really really need to go there. It's the perfect place to relax and just be.

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  2. How wonderful to have ones wanderlust sparked through a book. Two of my favourite things in the worlds, books and travel :) Wishing you a great weekend xoxox

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  3. This city is gorgeous! I love cathedrals!

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