• The Archaeological Museum of Castrovillari

    The Archaeological Museum of Castrovillari .

    The Civic Museum documents the archaeological heritage of the Territory of Castrovillari and its surroundings from prehistoric times to the early Middle Ages. There are stone and bone finds from the Celimarro district of Castrovillari, where a site dating back to the Palaeolithic Age has been found. The prehistoric period is also documented by finds from the caves of Sant'Angelo di Cassano Jonio which have also given evidence of the Bronze Age. Particularly interesting is also the series of finds coming from the protohistoric necropolis of Bellu Luco, a place situated along the course of the river Coscile in the Castrovillare territory. Of particular value is the sequence in chronological order of the finds coming from the Colle della Madonna del Castello, the place from which the Castrovillarese settlement originated, which testify how the hill was inhabited, without interruption, from prehistoric times to the present day. In fact, in the showcases dedicated to the hill there are stone tools from prehistoric times, fragments from the Bronze and Iron Age, finds from the Greek period that can be referred, among other things, to a place of worship, fragments from the Roman period and valuable evidence of early medieval ceramics.


  • Pollino National Park

    Pollino, Pollino National Park, Castrovillari, Province of Cosenza, Italy .

    Pollino National Park (Italian: Parco Nazionale del Pollino) is a national park in southern Italy that straddles the regions of Basilicata and Calabria. It is Italy's largest national park, covering 1,925.65 square kilometers.

    The park includes the Pollino and Orsomarso massifs, which are part of the southern Apennine Mountains. The park's highest point is Serra Dolcedorme, which is 2,267 meters high.

    The park's symbol is the rare Bosnian pine tree. The common beech is the park's most prevalent tree. The park is also home to a variety of medicinal herbs.

    The park is home of the oldest Europeen tree, a Heldreich's pine estimated 1,230 years old.

  • Castello Aragonese

    Castello Aragonese di CASTROVILLARI, Via Domenico Casalnovo, Castrovillari, Province of Cosenza, Italy .

    An imposing late medieval complex, the castle was built in 1490, at the behest of King Ferdinand I of Aragon, on an older Swabian fortress. A real defensive garrison, surrounded by a deep moat and a walled enclosure with drawbridge, it has a majestic architecture, characterized by a quadrilateral plan reinforced by four cylindrical corner towers. The largest tower, sadly known as the infamous Tower, was decorated with hanging arches called beccatelli.
    Used to be used as a prison until 1995, despite the renovations it remains one of the best preserved Aragonese castles in Calabria.

  • Papasidero

    Bivio Avena O Vuccale, Province of Cosenza, Italy .

    La Grotta e il Riparo del Romito, in comune di Papasidero (Cosenza), costituiscono uno dei più importanti giacimenti dell’Italia meridionale risalenti al tardo Pleistocene. La loro rilevanza nell’ambito delle documentazioni preistoriche è legata all’imponenza della stratigrafia, all’importanza delle evidenze archeologiche e alle potenzialità di informazioni per la ricostruzione dell’ambiente e delle attività delle comunità di Homo sapiens che abitarono il sito alla fine del Paleolitico, nel Mesolitico e nel Neolitico.

    La grotta e il riparo appaiono oggi come due ambienti quasi distinti, a causa di una chiusura artificiale con un muro risalente all’epoca in cui la caverna fu utilizzata come romitorio. Al momento della frequentazione paleolitica i due ambienti costituivano un unico ampio spazio di abitazione.

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    La grotta è localizzata all’interno di uno stretto canyon che offriva protezione e riparo. Nei pressi scorre l’attuale fiume Lao, attivo durante la presenza paleolitica e utilizzato come via di comunicazione e anche per risorse alimentari e litiche.

  • Museo archeologico Nazionale della Sibaritide

    Laghi di Sibari, Province of Cosenza, Italy .

    In Sibari, one of the most important hamlets of the Municipality of Cassano All'Ionio, there is the Archaeological Park of great historical importance. The Park extends for 168 hectares and is located at km 25 of the state road 106 Ionica which crosses it all in a north-south direction. It is the site of one of the richest and most important cities of Magna Graecia, whose finds are preserved in the National Archaeological Museum of the Sibaritide. The area was the centre of the Oenotrian civilisation, which flourished in the Iron Age, before the arrival in Calabria of the Greek settlers of Achaia in 730-720 BC. The Greeks founded Sybaris, a flourishing commercial centre where goods from Asia Minor passed through. The fate of Sybaris was marked by the war against another important Greek city, Crotone, which culminated with the Battle of the Traitor (510 B.C.) and a siege of seventy days, after which the site was destroyed and flooded by the deviation of the river Crati.

    The survivors founded, in 444 B.C., the new colony of Turi, on the same site, designed by the famous architect Hippodamus of Miletus. In 194 B.C. the city was founded again as a Roman colony, under the name of Copiae, which was later changed back to Thurii. It continued to be important until the Middle Ages,