At the top of a hill, we found Fiumefreddo Bruzio! This small town is home to monuments, churches and beauties that will impress you! Today we will visit the small – and stunning – city of Fiumefreddo Bruzio, in Calabria. Let’s go! So, let’s do it! 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!
A little more about Fiumefreddo
A special charm takes you to this place, along a thin road that leads to the village, where you can see the statue of Christ with open arms that seems to invite you to continue; once you reach your destination, you will discover the wonders of Fiumefreddo Bruzio, small village in the province of Cosenza. It is located on a rock overlooking the Tyrrhenian coast, in the southern part of the province of Cosenza. This small town of Calabria was founded by the Normans who built a watchtower for defense purposes and is typically medieval, with narrow streets and picturesque Squares, with a watchtower, renovated over the years, and which has become a veritable castle. What Are The Ten Places You Must See In Calabria?
This village is situated in a natural Mediterranean setting with hills that slope downwards and to the sea, where it offers interesting walks between sun, sky, beautiful sea landscapes and lush vegetation. Fiumefreddo is full of warm and very interesting people, workers who organize local initiatives as well as traditional crafts such as working with clay, one of the ancient and famous traditions that is still transmitted, is the scene of the nativity with the shepherds made in clay. Read also Enogastronomic Itinerary In Calabria
Interesting is the particular structure of its old town with its many narrow streets that open to Squares and corners of the area where they enclose Norman Castle, in which you can admire the paintings of the artist Salvatore Fiume, Abbey of Fonte Laurato, the many noble palaces, the main church of San Michele and the Church of Addolorata. What Are The Best Wineries In Calabria?
Palaces, beauty and also the ruins of a Castle…
The most representative Palace is located in the heart of the old town: is the palace of Carelli – Pignatelli, of the sixteenth century. We have said that, among the beauties of the place, it is definitely worth mentioning the castle called ‘Palace of the Valley’, which was built in 1201 by Simone of Mamistra and was part of the transformation of a defense tower. In 1536 the castle was embellished in Fiumefreddo according to the aesthetic standards of the time and the walls of the village and its two towers were built and called Golette.
The ruins of the castle…
The ruins of the castle, built on the cliffs of the valley, look from the top to the whole village. Today, after a long restoration that lasted about ten years, the castle is finally revived in all its beauty and decorum of the past, thanks to the recovery of some underground rooms that will become a place of art exhibitions and museums. We can safely say that the Castle of the Valley is one of the most important and beautiful monuments of Calabria.
Counted among the most beautiful cities in Italy, Fiumefreddo is undoubtedly one of the historical marvels, scenic and cultural province of Cosenza. Another special feature is the scent of traditional and healthy Calabrian and Mediterranean dishes that come from the windows of the kitchens that are often found on the ground floor, overlooking the narrow streets of this wonderful village. The unforgettable smells bring to mind memories that could hardly be lived again without visiting these small villages. This county is known for its tradition in a Calabria unknown to many.
How to get there?
Calabria is accessible by any means of transport.
1) How to get there? BY PLANE
In Calabria there are four airports: Reggio Calabria, Lamezia Terme, Vibo Valentia (military airport) and Sant’Anna di Crotone.
2) How to get there? BY TRAIN
The railway infrastructure in Calabria covers about 850 km of lines, with 115 stations.
3) How to get there? BY CAR
Calabria is accessible by car from any part of Italy by its highway network and, in particular, via the A3 Salerno – Reggio Calabria, which ends in Calabria.
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Let´s visit Fiumefreddo Bruzio in Calabria? Fiumefreddo Bruzio belongs to these little treasures of our Calabria to be discovered. Because of its narrow streets and its landscapes that you admire and feel the sensation of being in one of those places where time seems to have stopped, not only the time, but also the mind, which stands still in this place of peace and traditional flavors.
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