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- Marina di Gioiosa Jonica
- Gioiosa Jonica
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110 km from Reggio (3 km from Siderno; 30 km from Monasterace Marina) there is Marina di Gioiosa Jonica, notorious touristic sea centre of the coast, at the centre of the area of the Riviera dei Gelsomini, at the beginning of the area of the Vallata del Torbido.This strategical position makes of Gioiosa Jonica the meeting point of the two areas. Along the road that is parallel to ralway tracks there are the rests of a greek-roman theatre, discovered in 1883: first theatre to come out to light in Southern Italy, represents in its materials and techniques of construction, the passage from the Magna Graecia and the imperial roman culture. Besides the railway tracks there is also Torre Spina or of the Cavallaro, ancient guarding structure of the coast, built in the 500’with the aim to report the arrival of saracen attacks. The stones used for its constructions were taken from the near theatre. From Piazza Zaleuco, going towards Gioiosa Jonica, there is after 2 km the Galea Tower, built around theXVI cent., construction fortified by the feudal masters, and so called because it was built around the time in which a Galena was launched for the Emperor Carlo V for his deeds in Tunis.
Gioiosa Jonica (110 mt.a.s.l.), born on the top of a promontory as the most powerful village of magno-greek and then roman Locri, was an interesting centre and meeting point for the surrounding villages in medieval times. From the castle, that used to be firstly a military possession, and then a residential one, there are the rests of very narrow alleys that used to surround it, characterised by unique subways.Of particular beauty the palces of the XVI-XVII cent., embellished by magnificent portals. In the Amaduri Palace there is a precious jewel of 1600 pictorial art: a painting, attributed to the great calabrian painter Mattia Preti, representing the Queen Tomiride whilst she drowns Ciro’s head in a jar of blood. In the palace is also possible to see a photographic exhibition on the roman villa found outside the populated area: la Villa del Naviglio, deep into the olive trees, that represents one of the rarest examples of roman constructions in Calabria. It’s a beautiful building of imperial age with crypts, baths and splendid mosaic floors.9km away and into the land there is Martone (290mt. a.s.l.), village of medieval origin with the ruins of a necropolis and a small byzantine church, in the Gullone district. During the festivities in honour of S.Giorgio, that last for three days starting from the second sunday of August, takes place the “ntinna” challenge, during which the martoresi bring down in the woods a big beech tree, of about 25 mt., they grease it and place it in Vittorio Emanuele Square, then they put a fir tree branch on top of it, with lots of typical products stuck to it and then the game starts with them having to try to catch the gifts on top of the tree.

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> Capo Bruzzano ―> Casignana
> Ardore ―> Condojanni
> Locri Epizephyrii ―> Gerace
> Siderno ―> Canolo
> Marina di Gioiosa Jonica ―> Martone
> Roccella Jonica ―> Caulonia
> Castelletto di S.Fili ―> Stignano
> Stilo ―> Pazzano
> Bivongi ―> Monastery of S.Giovanni Therystis
> Kaulon ―> Monasterace


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