Diamante is a small fishing village in the province of Cosenza, in the heart of the Riviera del Cedros, and is where one of the two islands of Calabria is located, the islet of Cirella; thanks to this position of enormous charm it is also called the Pearl of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Those who choose to visit Diamante, of course, will not be disappointed! Famous for its eight kilometers of beach with varied combinations of sand and colors, for its crystalline waters and the bottom of the sea, is an UNIQUE place in the world! Read also What Are The Ten Places You Must See In Calabria?
A Little More about Diamante…
One of the main things to do in Diamante is to visit the old part of the city, made up of small streets and alleys, where you can admire the beautiful murals made, mainly, by local street artists; not surprisingly, Diamante is defined as the city of murals. Let’s go to our post of the day: Discover Diamante the city of pepperoncino! Here at Traveling to Calabria you make the trip of your dreams!!! Are you staying in Calabria? Looking for a hotel? Click here and discover best accommodation options in Calabria!
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1) Discover Diamante the city of pepperoncino! VISIT THE OLD SLIDE, THE MAUSOLÉU AND THE MEDIEVAL VILLAGE
Don’t be afraid to get lost in the alleys of the city, it is an emotion that all tourists should try. Continuing in the old part of the town, you will find the second beach of Diamante, called the old shore, where you can enjoy a breathtaking view. And there is so much history, witnessed by the many buildings to be discovered, such as the Roman Mausoleum, from the 3rd century AD, the ancient medieval village on the promontory of Cirella, and much more; in this city, Diamante is not only in its name, but also the uniqueness of its beauty, which is like a rare jewel. Read also Tourism in Calabria!
2) Discover Diamante the city of pepperoncino! VISIT THE TOWER AND THE IMMACULATE CHURCH
Diamante also has a beautiful Tower that had defensive purposes, while nearby we find the beautiful Church of the Immaculate, built in the 17th century thanks to the contribution of all the wealthy citizens of the village. Even today, for this reason, the coats of arms of the families who participated in the work are visible inside, but the real protagonist of the decorations is marble and its interior is entirely covered in white marble, while the exterior walls shine with colored marble worked by the masters Napolitano.
3) Discover Diamante the city of pepperoncino! VISIT THE COLORFUL WALLS
Particularities of Diamante, which impresses and makes visitors to love, are the Colorful Murals that can be admired in the narrow streets of the city. There are more than 150 paintings done on the walls of the houses in the historic center and in the village of Cirella, all made by artists of international renown as well. The figurative works of art are accompanied by phrases that poets, writers, journalists and historians trace on the same walls and that make Diamante a great and spectacular open-air museum.
4) Discover Diamante the city of pepperoncino! KNOW THE POPULAR EVENTS AND PARTIES
The splendor of the surrounding nature and the vividness of the colors correspond to the effervescent everyday life, full of traditional events and popular festivals. Diamante is not only alive in summer, nor known only for the wonderful sea that surrounds it, but it is also famous for idolizing one of the symbols of the culinary culture of Calabria, its majesty the Pepperoncino (pepper).
Learn more about the Festival!
Every year, the Festival records an exceptional number of attendees. To decree the success of this event, there is the philosophy pursued from the beginning by Enzo Monaco. Not only the spicy flavor of the dishes, but also the ‘spicy’ of art, photography, cinema, theater and satire. An adventure that is repeated every single year from Wednesday to Sunday, on the second weekend of September: amazing!
A wonderful experience that everyone can participate! Be part of the thousands of initiatives, the flavors of fire, the exhibitions, the conferences, and the beauty of this territory and, above all, let yourself be guided by the enthusiasm of the people of Calabria, direct heirs of Magna Graecia, where hospitality was sacred and inviolable. Find out more about the Pepperoncino Festival here on the official website!
What is it the Pepperoncino Festival?
The Pepperoncino Festival is one of the most anticipated events in the region, idealized for the 500th anniversary of the discovery of the Americas, when this prosperous spice for the Calabria culture was imported, being the most used and symbolic spicy ingredient in the Calabria cuisine; all are protagonists in these five days of joy, always involved in the party game. Everything is dominated by the presence of ‘His Majesty’, the Pepperoncino that is present in the square until late at night. In addition to this Festival, do not miss the many tasty and delicious delicacies, such as the famous pepperoncino gelato, in the famous Gelateria Cuore Matto. Read also Enogastronomic Itinerary In Calabria and What Are The Best Wineries In Calabria?
How to arrive to Diamante?
To reach the pearl of Calabria, you can choose any means of transport.
1) How to arrive to Diamante? BY PLANE
There are three airports; the main ones are Lamezia Terme, Reggio Calabria and Crotone. There is also a military airport at Vibo Valentia. Find out here how to get from Lamezia Terme Airport to the Center of Lamezia, Cosenza and Reggio Calabria!
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2) How to arrive to Diamante? BY TRAIN
The railway infrastructure in Calabria has approximately 850 km of lines. The fundamental network consists of Rome Tirreno – Napoli – Praia – Paola – Lamezia Terme – Reggio Calabria, which connects the most important cities on the Calabria coast of Tyrrhenian between them and the main cities of Campania and Central Italy. READ THE POST HOW TO GET TO CALABRIA TO KNOW MORE DETAILS!
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3) How to arrive to Diamante? BY CAR
Calabria can be reached by car from any part of Italy, via the highway network and, specifically, via the A3 Salerno – Reggio Calabria, which ends in Calabria.
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Discover Diamante the city of pepperoncino! Diamante, due to the beauty of its territory, is the ideal place for summer lovers, but you can visit this jewel throughout the year.
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