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Crotone and Cirò

The Calabrian wine seducing the world

This is the desirable land of the most sipped and appreciated wine: CIRÒ.
Connoisseurs and simple tasters recognize the extraordinary greatness of this wine.
Have a break in a big wine cellar to taste the excellent productions of red Gaglioppo or white Greco vines.
Cirò DOC is one of the region’s food and wine symbols.

Pecorino Crotonese, PDO Calabrian cheese

It will be a memorable sip of wine, then, if together with Cirò you taste a piece of Pecorino Crotonese DOP (PDO European Union certificate), one of the most exquisite cheeses made in Calabria.
A pecorino cheese that gives its best “performance”, on the table, in the semi-hard and aged versions, especially when combined with a little honey.

Wonderfully set on a large rock: Santa Severina

Santa Severina is the perfect village.
It is positioned on a naturally protected fortress, overlooking the valley of Neto river.
To be visited: the castle, restored in an excellent way; the cathedral of Saint Anastasia in which a rare monument is located, known as the Byzantine baptistery, dating back to the 9th-10th century.

Le Castella, like a sand castle, visit a unique location

The Aragonese fortress, attached to Le Castella beach, is a lovely temptation. It always causes beautiful emotions.
A phenomenal attractor, that is an amazing summary, recap of the entire beautiful coastal landscape.
That’s the emblem of a fortified Calabria, people that over the centuries have always had the concern to protect from dangers coming from the sea.
Here, on the splendid Ionian coast close to Crotone, two cinema stars, such as directors Monicelli and Pasolini, came to film.
The first used the fortress in Le Castella for L’Armata Brancaleone, while the second used the place to recreate the Jesus Palestine for Il Vangelo secondo Matteo (shooting also in the town of Cutro).

The lonely, poetic, impressive Greek column in Capo Colonna

Once upon a time there was an astonishing temple on the easternmost promontory of Calabrian peninsula (Capo Colonna).
It was a sacred building dedicated to Hera Lacinia, a few km south from Crotone.
Only a column, 8 meters and little more high, survived between the Roman and the Middle Ages.
It represents a symbolic testimony to Magna Grecia greatness, in Calabrian territory.
A rare piece of vertical architecture that remained completely standing, dating back to the VII-VI century B.C.
It is located inside an archaeological park (with museum) managed by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities.

Crotone and the music legend Rino Gaetano

Crotone is a hard-working city.
Walking in these streets and along the beautiful Ionian coast, you can breathe the grandeur of the past of the Greek age (half of the first millennium BC).
Led by Core Calabro tour guides, you will discover the curiosities about the ancient Kroton of Magna Grecia.
A visit to the National Archaeological Museum is highly recommended.

When you talk about Crotone, the collective imagination immediately associates it with the popular, ingenious, irreverent, free singer Rino Gaetano.
He was undoubtedly among the most famous Italian and Calabrian artistic personalities in the world.
Experiencing Crotone, its problems and beauties, is almost like magically entering the lyrics of Rino’s songs.