HISTORICAL TOWNS AND VILLAGES

Bagaladi

Bagaladi

Comune

Set amid green olive groves, Bagaladi stands at about 450 metres above sea level, on a hill at the foot of Monte Sant’Angelo and is one of the two G...

Bova

Bova

Comune

The Capital of Greek Calabria and one of Italy’s most beautiful historic centres, the origins of Bova go far back in history. The foundation of Bo...

Palizzi

Palizzi

Comune

The SS 106 highway leads to Palizzi Marina, an ancient port that the late sixteenth-century Calabrian scholar Gerolamo Marafioti said could “eas...

Condofuri

Condofuri

Comune

Tarantella, the Greek language and bergamot, these are three of the elements that make Condofuri one of the most characteristic towns of Greek Calabri...

Bova Marina

Bova Marina

Comune

Situated between Capo Crisafi, Capo San Giovanni d’Avalos and the Amendolea River, Bova Marina was founded in relatively recent times as a satellite...

Montebello Jonico

Montebello Jonico

Comune

Montebello Jonico stands at 425 metres above sea level. The historic centre has a Mediaeval layout, characterised by narrow streets, consisting, at ti...

Staiti

Staiti

Comune

Resting on the crest of the Giambatorio outcrop on the southernmost slopes of the Aspromonte National Park, Staiti overlooks the large valley of the B...

San Lorenzo

San Lorenzo

Comune

San Lorenzo makes an immediate impact on visitors thanks to its beautiful square, where the Renaissance-style, the mother Church and a gigantic elm...

Melito Porto Salvo

Melito Porto Salvo

Comune

Melito Porto Salvo has experienced a rapid growth in population over the past twenty years due, in particular, to the fact that many people from the ...

Brancaleone

Brancaleone

Comune

Costa dei gelsomini [The Jasmine Coast], Costa delle Tartarughe Caretta Caretta [The Loggerhead Sea-Turtle Coast] are two of the names by which Branca...

Motta San Giovanni

Motta San Giovanni

Comune

Motta San Giovanni stands at 450 metres above sea level. The term motta [motte] once indicated a fortress, inaccessible while providing a panoramic vi...

Roccaforte del Greco

Roccaforte del Greco

Comune

Called Vunì, that is, mount or mountain in Greek, Roccaforte del Greco, stands on top of a sheer-sided plateau from which one may obtain a 360° pano...

Roghudi

Roghudi

Comune

This place name probably comes from the ancient Greek Rochùdios, precipice. In the distant past, this historic village undoubtedly depended for its l...

Cardeto

Cardeto

Comune

In the Valle del Sant’Agata [the Saint Agata Valley], amid the woods of the Aspromonte, one arrives at the Graecanic area’s first village: Cardeto...

Borgo di Pietrapennata

Borgo di Pietrapennata

Località in Palizzi

The tiny hamlet di Pietrapennata stands a few kilometres to the north of Palizzi Superiore, and owes its name to the rocks that tower above it. Accord...

Borgo di Palizzi Superiore

Borgo di Palizzi Superiore

Località in Palizzi

The Palizzi Superiore Castle (fourteenth-nineteenth centuries) which towers on top of an enormous sheer rock, 300 metres above sea level dominates the...

Borgo di Galliciano'

Borgo di Galliciano'

Località in Condofuri

Gallicianò, another hamlet belonging to the municipality of Condofuri, is the only totally Greek-speaking village in Calabria, although the language ...

Borgo di Amendolea

Borgo di Amendolea

Località in Condofuri

Amendolea (Amiddalia in Calabrian Greek meaning almond grove) is one of the hamlets belonging to the municipality of Condofuri situated in the very he...

Borgo di Pentedattilo

Borgo di Pentedattilo

Località in Melito Porto Salvo

At 250 metres above sea level, Pentedattilo clings to an outcrop of Monte Calvario whose peculiar shape is recollective of a gigantic stone hand. Pen...

Roghudi Vecchio

Roghudi Vecchio

Località in Roghudi

Roghudi Vecchio, one of Italy’s last ghost towns, is of Greek origin. In 1971, the hamlet’s resident population was about 1,650, but, built, as it...