At the bottom of the Sila, Caccuri is one of the oldest towns of the “Higher Crotonese" area. According to some historians its origins date back to the sixth century A.C. The old town is perched on a cliff and this would explain the origins of the name which, however are highly uncertain.
Located inland of the Crotonese area, Casabona is a real "cave city", who has lived for centuries, from the Bronze Age to the Byzantine. Hundreds of caves, perfectly aligned. A priceless archaeological and artistic heritage.
The history of the town of Cerenzia deserves to be known. The town was built in the nineteenth century following the abandonment by the inhabitants of the ancient Acerenthia village: its origins through history and legend mingle, giving it a particular charm of mystery.
Cirò Marina is a seaside village lapped by a sea that for years has been awarded with important international awards: the sails for "The most beautiful Sea", a guide to quality holidays on the shores of seas and Italian lakes made by “Legambiente” and the “Italian Touring Club”, and the “Blue Flag” of the FEE, Foundation for Environmental Education.
The city of Crotone was founded by the Greek colonists from the region of Achaia in the third quarter of the eighth century B.C., in the site of a pre-existing indigenous settlement and represented one of the most important towns of Magna Graecia. The old town developed into a maze of narrow alleys and small squares to the Cathedral and the central square piazza Pythagoras, a meeting point between the "old" and "new" parts of the town.
Along the homonymous headland, inside the Protected Marine Area of Capo Rizzuto is Isola Capo Rizzuto. In the area called Le Castella, there is the famous fortress from the sixteenth century, on a small peninsula jutting out over the sea.
For its landscapes, which aroused admiration among ancient travelers, Le Castella was the subject of many legends and even, according to some scholars the island of Calypso , described by Homer in his Odyssey , would be located just nearby.
It’s said that the village of Verzino is the ancient Vertinae, built by Enotrii or Philoctetes after the Trojan War, as it is mentioned in the writings of the Greek historian Strabone. The area leaves an impression thanks to its enchanting natural beauty .