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About Crotone, Italy

Steeped in antiquity, the ancient port of Crotone on the very ball of the foot of Italy was founded around 710 BC. Those of you who loathed maths at school may find it hard to forgive the fact it was home to Pythagoras (the square of the hypotenuse is equal to the sum of the squares of the other two sides).

 

Crotone's unspoiled centro historico, crowned by the castle of Charles V, lies uphill from the Old Port. Its winding alleyways are home to boutiques selling interesting local crafts. Must-sees include Le Castella, Crotone's other castle built on a small island accessible by foot via a narrow causeway. Begun in the 4th century BC, the philosopher Pliny said that Hannibal constructed its first tower. The Capo Collona archaeological park is a short way along the coast. Its best-preserved and most impressive ruin is the Tavole Palatine, where knights gathered before setting off to the Crusades.

 

Fancy a bite? Not to be missed is quadraro, the local fish soup; the salty and affumicata ricotta called abbespata, the pecorino Crotonese and, most definitely, a glass (or two) of the full bodied Calabrian wine, Cirò DOC. This is the oldest wine in Europe, drunk by Olympic athletes in classical times.

 

Shore excursions in Crotone

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