Catanzaro: On a more artistic level, at approximately 12km, we have the urban city center Catanzaro. Founded on three hills as a refuge from the incursions of invaders from the sea, the city of Catanzaro was devastated several times by earthquakes that have erased the traces of its original urban structure. The Duomo(Cathedral) built over a Norman cathedral built in 1121, in the 16th century it received a Renaissance façade which was however destroyed in 1638. The church was almost entirely destroyed by the bombings of 1943, and was later rebuilt. Basilica dell'Immacolata Church of the Santissimo Rosario (15th or 16th century), with a Renaissance façade and a single nave interior. Chiesa dell'Osservanza, or Santa Teresa in the interior is the 16th century Chapel of the Holy Sepulchre and a statue of "Madonna delle Grazie" by Antonello Gagini. Remains of the Norman Castle, in 1069, after much resistance, Catanzaro was the last city in Calabria to fall under siege by the Normans of Robert Guiscard (13th century). The Norman castle was built under his rule and it is still in existence today. Also during this era, arts and crafts pioneered, in particular the processing of silk. Trading with other regions of Italy soon began and were closely followed by international trade within Europe and beyond. Catanzaro quickly became lace capital of the world with a large silkworm breeding facility and produced all the laces and linens used in the Vatican. The city was famous worldwide for its fine fabrication of silks, velvets, damasks and brocades. Piazza Grimaldi, a town square named in honor of the House of Grimaldi, who had branches that traded heavily within Catanzaro. Porta di S. Agostino and Porta di Stratò, two gates which are the last remains of the medieval walls, demolished in 1805. Church of Sant'Omobono (11th or 12th century). Byzantine small church of Sant'Omobono(11th century). Palazzo de' Nobili (15th century), now Town Hall.
Nicasto, approximately 25km from Catanzaro Lido, city of the Piana di St. Euphemia, and a center of Byzantine origin. The city still preserves the ruins of the old Norman castle partially destroyed by the earthquake of 1638. It may be interesting located to the main churches, among which is S. Domenico, with eighteenth century frescoes in the vault, the Capuchin church, the Cathedral and Vescovato, where you can admire objects of sacred art of fine workmanship.
Tiriolo, approximately 16km from Catanzaro Lido is recommended for the Rocca del Castello andAntiquarium where you can see artifacts from prehistoric age of Byzantine art.
Roccelletta di Borgia,approximately2.6km from Hotel Cetera hosts the Archaeological Park of Scolacium, which cherishes impressive remains dating back to the Roman Period and the Middle Ages.
Squillace, approximately 7.6km from Hotel Cetera, is a city of ancient origins: legend has it that it was founded by Ulysses. It was one of the most important cities of Magna Graecia (Skylletion) and a prestigious medieval centre, as evidenced by its outstanding architectural masterpieces. The city centre is dominated by a huge late Baroque Duomo and the small medieval church of St. Maria della Pietà.
Stalettì, approximately 7.9km from Hotel Cetera, the archaeological site of Santa Maria del Mare, which is also the site of the medieval city of Scolacium. The Byzantine city occupied the eastern end of the promontory of Stalettì, dominating the entire Gulf of Squillace from Capo Rizzutoto Punta Stilo. The site was already fortified in the Greek era (IV-VI .B.C), with a powerful barrage (3 m thick) that protected the weaker side, facing to the North of the rocky outcrop, with a square watch tower. Of the Greek era, a large quantity of pottery has been found within the fortress boundaries.
Nature: Sila Piccola
Sila is the name of the mountainous plateau and historic region located in Calabria. From the coast you can easily reach Sila Piccola, where among the dense forests of pine and spruce is a remarkable wildlife. The National Park with Mount Gariglione in Sila Piccola, and Lake Ampollino, including a beautiful plateau, are the favorite destinations for hikers and vacationers. In Sila Piccola are interesting ruins of the Cistercian Abbey of Santa Maria di Corazzo at Carlopoli, while in the churches of Taverna you can admire the paintings by Mattia Preti, the Calabrian Knight, an illustrious representative of the school of Caravaggio and certainly the most famous painter from Calabria.
Piazza Brindisi N.8
Catanzaro Lido, 88100, Italia
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