SILA NATIONAL PARK (UNESCO SITE SINCE 2014 )
The lands in the province of Crotone belong to the Sila National Park, considered an important spot for the preservation of biodiversity by IUCN and WWF. The huge olive fields, the breathtaking landscapes and the big heart of the inhabitants, convinced UNESCO to declare these lands UNESCO World Heritage Site. In a just few minutes journey, you can pass from big shores and crystalline sea to amazing hills and to the luxurious plant life of the altopiano della Sila.
The lands around Crotone are remarkable both from the Naturalistic point of view (Riserva naturale Marina “Capo Rizzuto”, Parco Nazionale della Calabria, Area geologica Vica e Stuni) either from the artistic heritage (Parco Archeologico di Capo Colonna, Castello di Carlo V, Castello Normanno di Santa Severina, Castello Aragonese di Le Castella), giving the possibility to the tourist to visit these territories not only in the Summer, but all year long. You can not miss to get in contact with gastronomy, above all wines: they are produced by autochthon grapes and they are labelled by important recognition, such as COD and PGI. Other important products are bread, olive oil, sardella, cold cuts and cheeses. In the province of Crotone craftsmanship has a first class position, above all the goldsmith art.
This province is a unique and charming territory: when you come here, you will remember it for ever.
1 Let’s start from Capo Colonna, where you can admire the sanctuary of Hera Lacinia, one of the most important sancturaies of Magna Grecia. After lunch you can arrive at La Castella. Here, in one of the most beautiful traits of the “Capo Rizzuto” Marine Protected Area, a castle rise up. Its foundation are greek, but the next alterations were done by the normans, the svevis, the byzantines, the angioinis and the aragonians.
2 You can’t skip a visit to Crotone, where you can explore the National Archeological Museum, Carlo V Castle (a fortess built in the IX century to defend the city from the Saracenic incursions), Piazza Duomo and the Cathedral (IX century). You can end the morning with a walk on the seaside up to the touristic port. Another interesting spot is Santa Severina, known for its Castle built in the norman era, the Cathedral (XIII century) and the Baptistery, the only Byzantine sample that’s still intact nowadays. In the end there is also the opportunity to visit one of the many wineries of DOC wines in Val di Neto (I.G.T.), where you can taste the local products.
3 Nature lovers cannot skip an excursion of Sila’s National Park and the village of Palumbo, also known as Palumbosila, located in the Silian upland, near the south rivers of Lake Ampollino. It’s an important skiing area, equipped with ski lift, bob tracks, ice rink and a lot of renting center for the necessary gears. Palumbosila is blessed with a natural and uncontaminated landscape, with its forest of larch pines and white firs. In the summer you can also ride the chair lift to admire the scenary and, after June, it is possible to cross the lake in a peddle boat.
HOW TO GET HERE
Airoport Crotone S.Anna or International Airoport of Lamezia Terme.
By train: Station of Lamezia Terme Centrale
By car: Motorway A3 Reggio-Calabria
CAMERA DI COMMERCIO DI CROTONE