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- Bagnara
- Scilla
- Villa San Giovanni
- Calanna

It’s possibile to reach Bagnara getting off the Salerno-Reggio Calabria motorway on the 152 and continuing on a very steep road towards the sea. Its geographical position and morphological characteristics are two of the most interesting elements of Bagnara: the landscape, for example, embraces a large visual field that goes from Capo Vaticano, in the north, to Scilla in the south. The populated centre is an ancient part built on a spur, (Maratano spur), distinguished with houses clinging on to the rock, narrow alleys, pretty refined villas, and typical arches. In the part below there is a modern part of the village, on the coast, and it’s site to many seaside restorts, restaurants and hotels. To visit:
Emmarita castle, adjacent to the Santa Maria and the XII Apostles abbey, where it seems that Ruggero II and his suite stayed when he came to Bagnara to assist to the blessing of the abbey on the 13th October 1117; Madonna del Carmine church, built in XVII, that has a beautiful façade with an ample rectangular window above it; S.S. Rosario church where an interesting 500’ sculpture and 600’ canvas are kept; the Rondini cave; the Ruggiero Tower or so called “of Capo Rocchi” that stands in the Cacilì district and was built between the XIV and XV cent.

Following the main road 18 that run alongside the litoral we get to Scilla. Mythical place that recall the legend of Scilla and Cariddi that was sung by Homer in his Odissey, it is one of the most notorious touristical places of Calabria. It’s a village of very ancient origins, but its history is known starting from the VIII cent. B.C. with the Calcidesi. Its strategical position always gave it an important role in history: for example is here that Garibaldi and his followers disembarked in 1860. The transparent sea and its beautiful depths together with its landscape made it a notorious touristic sea destination. Famous for its traditional swordfish fishing that is done with a system that seems to go back to the Phoenocians, has a very touristic attraction in the medieval castle clung onto a granite spur that lean forward to the sea. Built between the VIII and IX cent., Scilla Castle dominates over the Marina Grande bay, main beach in front of which there are many pubs. Also interesting to visit is the enchanting district of Chianalea, with its fishermen houses that seem to float on the water, San Rocco’s Church, from where is possible to enjoy a beautiful view over the sea and the strait, the Immacolata Concezione church. Following the main road, after passing Torre Cavallo(to mention Batteria Forte Giocchino) and Cannitello, where is possible to visit Maria SS. Di Porto Salvo church that has a 1700 painting of the Madonna del Porto, a 600 wooden Madonna and a 600 oil painting representing S. Nicola di Bari on a throne, we get to Villa S. Giovanni, important maritime and commercial centre, known to be the main link point to Sicily. The town has a modern structure with ample roads and newly built buildings. The Immacolata Duomo, built again after the 1908 earthquake, is a significant example of romanesque-norman art, and inside keeps many art works: 62 Alessandro Tassinari di Tavazzano tempera that portray biblical scenes; a bronze crucifix by the sicilian sculpture Enzo Assenza and two canvas of the Immacolata. Also a great pipe organ , with above a painting representing Christ King by Giorgio Pinna da Nicastro. Other sacred places to visit are the small church of Gesù and Maria, Madonna del Rosario church, Madonna delle Grazie church, which construction started in 1407, following Domenico Totino’s vision and where sculptures by Monteleone and a Madonna statue, probably by the neapoletan Arcangel Testa, are kept; Madonna di Porto Salvo Church, Rosario di Ferrito church.
Walikng through the town centre is possible to visit an industrial archeological area over which seventeen out of use spinning mills gravitate. Going back on the journey another quite interesting stop is the one CampoCalabro, that stands on a plateu in front of Sicily. Its centre is characterised by the presence of noble villas built with elegant architectonic lines like Palazzo Adorno and Palazzo Ranieri.Of great landscape interest is the road that takes to Melia di Scilla, from where there is an enjoyable view of Sicily. In the Matiniti area is possible to visit the ports of the XIX cent. constructed by the French.

Continuing on the main road and passing the grape vines and olive groves there is Calanna, with its centre made of three factions full of history (Villamesa, Milanesi and Mulini)and great landscape that offer to the tourist a very charming visit. In July 1953, during some works for the opening of a road in the Ronzo district, a necropolis of cave or oven graves was discovered. On the basis of the archeological findings (funereal objects in ceramic and bronze), it seems to go back to the X IX cent. B.C. The populated centre,is made with low houses with sloping cealings and it stands at the feet of a rock on which top rests the Norman castle that dominates the valley of the Gallico Fiumara and was build in 1200. also to mention the Annunziata church and the S.Maria delle Grazie church in the Villa Mesa area.

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