Calabria is one of the least visited Italian regions; although it still does not have a tourist structure like other Italian regions, Calabria hides true jewels of unparalleled beauty. One of them is Capo Rizzuto Island. Shall we know more? 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 the Capo Rizzuto
The island of Capo Rizzuto is actually a long promontory located in the marine protected area of Capo Rizzuto. The name of the island could be derived from the Latin ‘asyla’, which means ‘safe place’; it may be a reference to the population that sought refuge from Turkish incursions, or to the Roman rural buildings called ‘insula’. It is an ideal destination for tourists who love untouched nature and wonders of art; here, also, there are several attractions to increase your holiday plans. What Are The Ten Places You Must See In Calabria?
The things to see in this place are really different, although in particular this place is chosen as a summer holiday destination for its wonderful, untouched beaches. The whole territory, in fact, can count on 34 kilometers of coastline, alternating with sandy beaches, hidden coves, but also irregular areas with rocks and wonderful sea beds to be discovered. The island of Capo Rizzuto is also rich in archaeological finds, evidence of an ancient past, thanks also to the influence of Crotone that stimulated its expansion. And it is during this prosperous period that churches, monasteries, new houses and cultural centers were built. Let’s Visit The Most Beautiful Villages In Calabria In 3 Days?
1) The island of Capo Rizzuto in Calabria: ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK
The only element that remains as a witness to this enormous development is the Hera Lacinia Column, located on the promontory called Capo Colonna. In Capo Colonna you can visit the archaeological park, which includes some remains of Greek walls that have been ‘buried’ by the sea. In addition, the waters here are so crystal clear, which makes it easy to observe these discoveries.
2) The island of Capo Rizzuto in Calabria: THE CATHEDRAL AND THE CIVIC MUSEUM
In the center of Isola Capo Rizzuto, it is worth visiting the Cathedral of Roman origins, the remains of the feudal castle and the small church of San Marco, from the 16th century; the Demographic Civic Museum also deserves attention.
3) The island of Capo Rizzuto in Calabria: THE ARAGONESE CASTLE
When you come to this wonderful place, a stop at one of the symbols of Isola di Capo Rizzuto, the Aragonese Castle, in Le Castella, is a must see! This fortress occupies a very charming position, stands on an islet just in front of the coast and testifies to the ancient Aragonese domination that occurred in the 15th century.
When there is low tide, you can reach the castle by walking on a narrow strip of land that, at high tide, disappears to completely isolate the old building. It has recently been completely restored and, moreover, it has been repeatedly chosen as a location for filming various commercials, because this place amazing beauty. We have already said that this place is especially rich in beaches, for those who love silence and nature; if you want more, then you should go to the nearby village of Capo Bianco, where the beaches are free, empty, and the sea is really wonderful. In this wonderful place there are two towers: the Old and the New Tower, which guard the entire area and make it even more characteristic this paradise.
4) The island of Capo Rizzuto in Calabria: THE OTHER BEACHES AND THE AQUARIUM
Other famous and must see beaches are Grande Beach, Capo Piccolo, Le Cannella, Cavallucci Beach and Sovereto Beach. It is no coincidence that the environment on the island of Capo Rizzuto was established as a protected marine area in order to protect this magnificent stretch of the coast and protect the flora and fauna that inhabit these crystalline waters. Among the attractions of Capo Rizzuto Island, in the end, you have to remember to see the Aquarium where habitats of the marine protected area were recreated, in order to get us closer to the animals that inhabit the depths of this sea.
5) The island of Capo Rizzuto in Calabria: THE CALABRIAN CUSINE
Finally, we must focus on Calabrian cuisine, known for its products with strong and genuine flavors, with typical cheeses such as pecorino, sheep ricotta, provola. Visitors to the island of Capo Rizzuto can choose from delicious dishes, such as sardeddra, freshly amalgamated fish with peppers, also called Calabrian caviar, dishes based on potatoes and spicy fried peppers; flavors to be tasted while admiring the wonderful landscape that this place offers. What Are The Five Best Restaurants In Calabria? and Best Cooking Schools In Calabria
How to get there?
1) How to get there? BY PLANE
To reach Calabria, the fastest and most convenient way is by plane and the region has three airports: ‘Titto Minniti’ Airport, in the province of Reggio Calabria; the ‘Sant’Anna’ Airport, in Crotone and the Lamezia Terme Airport
2) How to get there? BY TRAIN
The railway line has numerous Intercity and Espresso trains connecting Calabria to the main cities in the north, both for the Tyrrhenian Sea and for the Ionian Sea.
3) How to get there? BY CAR
From northern Italy, the A1 highway runs from Milan to Naples. The A30 highway connects Naples to Salerno, where you can take the A3 Salerno-Reggio Calabria highway, which runs through the entire province, from north to south.
IMPORTANT TO KNOW!
Remember that to drive in Italy it is MANDATORY to have the International Driving License, the famous IDP (International Driving Permit). The certificate is not issued in Italian, but it is accepted in English! The IDP lasts 180 days (it depends where you live) and is issued by the Traffic Department of your country (if you have the European Driver License, you don’t need to worry about it!).
- Check with your country’s Traffic Department which documents are required and the rates for issuing the IDP. If you chose to travel by car, be sure to read our Post “Driving in Italy“. It is very important to avoid winning fines for lack of information.
Capo Rizzuto Island is not only a famous seaside resort in Calabria, where you can find a crystal clear sea, but also a territory rich in history. Its rugged and untainted beauty inspired several artists who chose it as the location for their films; It’s, indeed, a must see place!
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