Recently, I was in Cleto recording a video for my youtube channel, so I wanted to take the opportunity to talk about this beautiful village, located in the province of Cosenza, in Calabria. Cleto is a small town with a medieval atmosphere, and cultural and historical wonders, which are certainly worth a visit. Shall we go to the post of the day? Discover the medieval village of Cleto! Stay with us and make the best of the Boot country! Here at Traveling to Calabria you make the trip of your dreams!!! Are you staying in Calabria? LOOKING FOR A HOTEL IN CALABRIA? Check our suggestions! Click here!
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A little more about Cleto…
The town of Cleto is located on hills, facing the Aeolian Islands and the Savuto River and presents itself as a small medieval village.
In Roman times, it was known as Sabutus, a name that changed during the Norman period, when it became known as Pietramala. The current name came only in 1862. This small village is a real wonder, little known, a really magnificent place, with a lot of beauty and history to show to those who visit it.
Shall we learn more about Cleto?
Attractions in Cleto
Cleto is full of attractions that add value to the region: from the Medieval Castle, built around the 1000s, to the Church of Saint Mary of the Assumption, which can be visited in a single day, as it is quite small, with only 1000 inhabitants, according to the most recent data. Planning Your Travel to Calabria? Remember that if you need transfers, tour guide, interpreter or help in finding citizenship documents, you can count on me! Just send me an email.
1) Discover the medieval village of Cleto! THE HISTORICAL CENTER
The Historic Center of Cleto starts delivering its wonders. You can access it through any of the four doors: Pirillo, Fogia, Cafarone and Timpone – respectively to the south, west, east and northwest.
Each short walk in the historic center reveals the calm, silent atmosphere, immersed in nature, with old houses with decorated portals and remains of walls, which give the tone of the village rich in history, culture and art.
2) Discover the medieval village of Cleto! THE CASTLE OF CLETO
One of the historic monuments you can’t miss in Cleto is the famous Medieval Castle of Cleto, built around the 1000s, during the Norman period.
The Normans settled on the slopes of Sant’Angelo Hill, where, at the top, they built the castle that to this day remains imposing, even in ruins, dominating the valley and the sea of the village.
You can still see the two majestic towers: the one downstream, used to defend the drawbridge, and the second, split in two, to defend the upper floors.
Around the 40s, a parchment was found that explained much of the routine that took place in the castle, with the spinning and weaving techniques under the direct control of the baroness, the functioning of the laws that gave the feudal lord the right of life and death over their vassals considered criminals and where they were thrown – into the “wolf”, a deep cave, where they were left to starve.
In 1789, the castle was almost ruined, according to information also documented – fortunately, its structure, now ruined but still beautiful, stands firm, so you can see it with your own eyes.
3) Discover the medieval village of Cleto! ITS CHURCHES
Cleto, as a good medieval village, has wonderful churches that deserve to be highlighted in our city tour. Shall we get to know the main churches of Cleto?
Most Holy Rosary Church
The Most Holy Rosary Church is in the upper part, opposite the Church of Consolation. Its structure is also in ruins, but its beautiful facade remains visible and is formed by a single nave and a bell tower with a square-shaped base.
Church of Saint Mary of the Assumption
The Church of Saint Mary of the Assumption is the mother church of Cleto. Built in 1500, it underwent several restorations throughout the century, until reaching its current configuration, consisting of three naves.
The interesting thing is that all construction of the Church is made of local stone.
Church of Consolation
Located in the lower part of the Historic Center of Cleto, the Church of Consolation, or Chiesa della Consolazione, dates from the 17th century.
Inside, you can see the beautiful frescoes by Raffaele Aloisio di Aiello, from the 19th century, and a mosaic covering the floor, representing the Flower of Life. In the 19th century, the Church, built in 1600, was restored.
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4) Discover the medieval village of Cleto! ABOUT SAVUTO
The village of Cleto is part of the production territory of Savuto, a divine Calabrian DOC wine.
DOC stands for Controlled Denomination of Origin, classification used in almost 300 regions and the wine authorized to use this denomination must be produced with specific grapes, according to its region of origin and must, without fail, follow certain vinification methods previously established.
The Savuto Valley and the Colacino Winery
If you don’t already know, I live in the Savuto area and, around here, there are several wineries that are worth visiting, such as Adega Colacino.
Located to the north, between the branches of Cosenza and, to the east, close to the Sila Piccola Mountains, its geographic privilege allowed the birth of a wine sector that conquered the market once and for all with its excellence: Colacino Wine. Founded in 1968 by a doctor from Rogliano, Vittorio Colacino, Adega Colacino offers visits to anyone who wants to get to know this Calabrian wonder up close. Also read: Wine Road in Calabria
Would you like to visit the Colacino Winery?
- Address: Via Colle Manco snc, 87050 Marzi (CS)
- Phone: +39 09841900252
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Map with attractions in Cleto
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(Fonte: Antonio Lobello)
What to see near Cleto?
Aiello Calabro is a small town located in the beautiful Tyrrhenian hills. From here you can admire a magnificent panorama that takes our eyes to the beautiful sea that serves as a natural frame for this splendid place. Aiello is not one of the most famous cities in Calabria, but it is one of the most authentic, in addition to being one of the most beautiful. Learn all about Aiello Calabro here!
It is a privileged land, from a scenic point of view, because from the beach or from the historic center, you can admire a beautiful sunset, with even some of the Aeolian Islands in the background (the Stromboli volcano can be seen frequently, which is a very popular opportunity among photography fans). Find out all about Amantea here!
Inside the village, there are many monuments and very old churches that can be visited. Of Aragonese origins, the village was built to be a residence of the King of Naples, but, in reality, Pizzo Calabro was founded as a colony of Magna Graecia. Pizzo Calabro is certainly one of the most spectacular and tourist towns in the Calabrian region, as well as the most popular among tourists. The beautiful beaches and the crystal clear sea make this small town one of the most crowded destinations during the high season months (summer: June, July and August)! Find out all about Pizzo here!
Known as the “Athens of Calabria”, Cosenza has a privileged position and is one of the most livable cities in the region. It has a Mediterranean climate and many artistic, historical and cultural attractions. Find out all about Cosenza here!
Are you going to stay in Cleto?
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Where to stay in Cleto? Agriturismo U’Casinu da Scala
Agriturismo U’ Casinu dà Scala follows the medieval city line on the outside, while offering comfortable and modern accommodation on the inside.
- Star Rating: 9.2 (Fantastic!)
- Average coast: US$ 80*
- Location: Lamezia Terme is 37 km from the accommodation, while Pizzo is 41 km away and Amantea Beach is 5 km away.
- Address: Via Scala, 5, 87030 Campora San Giovanni, Italy
- Services: mountain, garden and sea views, outdoor and covered terrace, free wifi, private parking and service in English and French.
- Breakfast: Yes
- (*) the value is an average of the daily rate for two people; values may vary according to the season, without prior notice.
Where to eat in Cleto? Il Tempo Locanda
In this simple, but cozy place, you will eat real local food!! With a taste of authenticity 🙂
- Address: Via Roma, 87030 Cleto CS
- Site: https://www.locandailtempo.it/il-ristorante-il-tempo/
- Opening hours: not informed, we suggest you call to find out about.
- Phone: +39 340 274 1517
How to get to Cleto?
You can reach Cleto with three options: plane, train and car. Look:
1) How to get to Cleto? BY AIRPLANE
You should take a flight to Lamezia Terme Airport, about 21km away from the village. Find out here how to get from Lamezia Terme Airport to the Center of Lamezia, Cosenza and Reggio Calabria!
From there, you can travel in three ways:
- Train: look for the Railway Station and follow your train journey;
- Car: rent a car to go to Cleto;
- Bus: there is also the possibility of traveling by bus.
Also read our posts about Airports in Italy:
- HOW TO GO FROM THE ROME AIRPORT TO THE CENTER OF ROME?
- HOW TO GO FROM THE MALPENSA AIRPORT TO THE CENTER OF MILANO?
- HOW TO GO FROM VENICE AIRPORT TO VENICE CENTER
2) How to get to Cleto? BY TRAIN
Cleto is connected by trains with the main Italian cities. To get to Cleto, the best way to go is to take a train to:
- Lamezia Terme Central Station: 20km from Cleto; or
- Cosenza Train Station: 26km from Cleto
At the stations, there are bus and transfer services to Cleto, however, the public transport service is a little outdated, so I recommend renting a car to take this route, taking a transfer (click for more information) or taking a tour with me.
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3) How to get to Cleto? BY CAR
To get to Cleto by car, go to the exits closest to the center of Cleto:
- Departure from S.Mango d’Aquino | Mediterranean A2 motorway | Salerno-Reggio Calabria | 3.35 km from the city center
- Altilia – Grimaldi departure | Mediterranean A2 motorway | Salerno-Reggio Calabria | 8.06 km from city center
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