How about getting to know Aiello Calabro?
Aiello Calabro is a small town in the heart of the province of Cosenza and is undoubtedly one of the most authentic cities in the beautiful region of Calabria. Today we are going to meet Aiello Calabro. 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!
Ana Patricia in Aiello Calabro
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, as well as being one of the most beautiful. Read also WHAT ARE THE TEN MUST-SEE PLACES IN CALABRIA?
A little about Aiello Calabro…
A city full of history and with an impressive architecture, Aiello has Roman origins, although there are signs of Greek colonization at the beginning of its beautiful history. Speaking of history, the city has remnants of the different civilizations that passed through there, such as the Romans, Greeks, Byzantines, and Normans, that is, the city’s historical and cultural heritage is indisputable. Aiello is located in an excellent position, where nature stands out. Also read about the best cooking schools in Calabria!
1) How about getting to know Aiello Calabro? VISIT THE 15TH CENTURY CASTLE
You will find the remains of the 15th century castle, where the history of practically the entire city took place. The remains of the walls, bastions and towers also show minor repairs carried out in the XVI century. The castle’s heyday was between the 15th and 16th centuries, as it was during this period that the city was home to the powerful Siscar and Cybo dynasties, becoming one of the largest and most notable castles in southern Italy. Shall we get to know The Most Beautiful Villages In Calabria?
2) How about getting to know Aiello Calabro? VISIT THE HISTORICAL CENTER
Very interesting is the picturesque Historic Center of Aiello, which has narrow streets and beautiful 17th century buildings. Among those that deserve mention are the powerful Cybo-Malaspina Palace, from the 16th century, which was the residence of the marquises of Massa and Carrara, Cybo Malaspina. The other important buildings that deserve mention: Giannuzzi – Viola Palace, Viola Palace, Belmonte Palace, Civitelli Palace, Dominicis Palace and Malta Palace.
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3) How about getting to know Aiello Calabro? VISIT THE CHURCHES
Aiello’s historic buildings are also noteworthy, among them, of course, the splendid churches. The most important of all is the Mother Church dedicated to Santa Maria Maggiore. Located in Santa Maria Square, the church was founded before the year 1000, but some historians say that it may only have been founded in 1321 and was elected Mother Church only in 1417. Inside the church, the Baroque-style altar catches our attention, made entirely of polychrome marble.
Other churches in the city that deserve mention are: the Church of San Giuliano, from the 15th century and named after the Square where it is located; the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie (St Mary of Graces), of great architectural interest; and the Church of Saints Cosmas and Damian. Unmissable and impossible not to mention is the famous Cybo chapel, from the former Convent of Observants, dating back to 1597, a real gem and extraordinary testimony of the Calabrian Renaissance.
Map with the Churches and Palace of Aiello Calabro
Aiello and a little of his history…
Aiello has been, over the centuries, at the center of several battles for the power of his territory. The Saracens of neighboring Amantea were persuaded to give up taking over the city by the ingenious inhabitants of Aiello, the Aiellesi who, to prove they had sufficient supplies, would have thrown some cheese pizzas from the castle walls. In 1065, the Normans were led by Roberto il Guiscardo and, for four months, they tried to dominate the city, but without any success. Read also Are you of Calabrian descendant?
The importance of this small town is documented through the alternating historical events that happened here with different peoples, among which the Aragonese, the Ayelles fief, the Sersales – which was attributed to the viceroy of Calabria – and the Count of Ajello, Francesco Siscar. It was a very prosperous period for Aiello and, at this time, there was a considerable expansion of territory and demographic, social and economic terms, especially through silk production and local agriculture.
In the year 1566, the Aiellese fief was bought for no less than 38,000 ducats by the Prince of Massa, Alberico Cybo Malaspina. The Cybo family came from Tuscany and Liguria and maintained ownership of the manor until the subversion of feudalism, which became a duchy in 1605, when the State of Aiello emerged.
Several of Aiello’s architectural testimonies are even due to this period of historical abundance. One of the best examples we can mention is the Cybo palace and the homonymous noble chapel.
The city’s castle
Obviously, it is impossible to talk about this historic moment without mentioning the city’s castle, which was one of the first fortresses in the kingdom and, not by chance, was chosen to be the residence of Francesco Cybo.
Here, Francesco has organized a splendid library with very rare literary works! In the decade of French domination, Aiello became part of the jurisdiction of Belmonte, to pass to the government of Rogliano until the year 1811, when it then became the capital of the district that also included Terrati, Serra, Lago, Laghitello, Pietramala and Savuto. Shortly after this period came the Bourbon Restoration, and shortly thereafter, Garibaldi united Italy.
The violent earthquake of 1905 practically destroyed the city, which had been named Aiello di Calabria in 1864. The city only received its current name, Aiello Calabro, in 1928; that same year it incorporated Cleto e Serra into its territory, but in 1934, Cleto, and in 1937, Serra, the cities became independent.
The Casellone Grove
Between the sea and the mountain, Aiello offers tourists beautiful panoramas, history and architecture that leave them stunned. Despite the simplicity of everything, the elegance and beauty of this place does not leave anyone indifferent to it. Its Casellone Grove, which presents itself with its kiosks equipped for those seeking total immersion in nature, makes this place even more special and full of peace and tranquility.
Despite being a small town, little known by the large tourist mass and resting in a privileged position, Aiello knows how to conquer those who set foot in this unique, enchanting, passionate and almost poetic territory!
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Where to stay in Aiello Calabro? Manfredi Agriturismo
We couldn’t find accommodation in Aiello Calabro, so we recommend that you stay in this farm hotel in the area (6km away from the city).
- Star Rating: 10 (Excepcional!)
- Average coast: US$ 70*
- Location: The hotel is 49km from Tropea and 12km from Amantea
- Address: Località Buda s/n, 88040 Savuto, Itália
- Services: breakfast to go, mountain view, pool and garden, covered terrace, garden and the staff speaks Portuguese, English and Italian
- Breakfast: Yes
- (*) the value is an average of the daily rate for two people; values may vary by season, without prior notice.
Where to eat in Aiello Calabro? Agriturismo “La Pineta”
How about having lunch on a farm near Aiello? La Pineta is a great option!
- Address: Contrada Calendola, 87031, 87031 Aiello Calabro CS
- Site: http://www.facebook.com/Agriturismo-LA-PINETA-202882224587
- Opening hours: open only Saturday (7pm to 11pm) and Sunday (12pm to 2pm and 7pm to 11pm)
- Telephone: +39 340 468 9295
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