Let´s visit Malito in Calabria

Malito is a small town located in the province of Cosenza, in Calabria, southern Italy. Full of charm, it is a city that shines for its simplicity and authenticity. So, let’s visit Malito.

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Let´s visit Malito in Calabria

Malito is located in the province of Cosenza, in the Calabria region. It is a small town located in the middle of the Savuto Valley, close to Belsito and Grimaldi; it is 728 meters above sea level, and its territory extends over an area of 16.92 km2. It has about 770 inhabitants and is a charm! It is a small city, so it does not take much time to visit it. Let´s visit Malito in Calabria. Here at Travel to Calabria you make the trip of your dreams! 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!

1) Let´s visit Malito in Calabria: VISIT SANT´ELIA CHURC

Sant’Elia Church – built in the 15th century, it has a neoclassical facade and is all covered with a stone called Altilia. There you will also find a bell tower with a square base, performed on three levels. Its interior is in Baroque style and features a wooden altar; a procession statue, also in wood, of the patron saint San’Elia and a baptismal font made of stone dating from the 600s.  Shall We Take A Tour Of Enogastronomy In Calabria?

2) Let´s visit Malito in Calabria: VISIT SAN MARTINO CHURCH

San Martino Church – The Church of San Martino is in a beautiful panoramic position, at the entrance to the historic center of Malito. Built in the 19th century, it used an old chapel as a base. With its neoclassical façade, it also has a bell tower on the left side of the building and currently houses a collection of priestly objects, reminiscent of the early 800s. What are the Ten Places You Need to Visit in Calabria?

3) Let´s visit Malito in Calabria: VISIT IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH

Immaculate Conception Church – also has a neoclassical façade and dates from 1738. The bell tower is also on three floors and very charming. Despite not being in its best state of conservation, it is a very charming little church and deserves a visit.

Other Attractions in In Malito

Let’s get to know a little more about the attractions in Malito? Get to know their typical dishes and parties now.

Malito is also famous for its typical dishes

Three of them deserve to be highlighted: pasta with chickpeas, gnocchi with sauce and broccoli with liver sausage. For those who love desserts, be sure to try the ‘turdilli’ with honey, the ‘scalille’ (a kind of biscuit made with anise liqueur and bathed in honey) and the ‘chinulille’ (which are types of cookie, shaped half-moon, filled with jam of different flavors).

Typical Malito Celebrations

Some interesting typical Malito celebrations are: Le Focare, which is an ancient tradition where the inhabitants light fires to ward off negative energy; Le Strine, a tradition that celebrates the end of the year and is held on December 30, by children and young people; and December 31 for adults and the elderly.  Find out here: What Are The Best Cooking Schools In Calabria?

Carnival is also noteworthy. On Carnival days, residents go out dressed in the streets and play in the main squares and streets of the city. It is a very lively party and, if you are traveling during this period, enjoy the party with the locals! It’s super fun!

Tip

  • The city is full of ups and downs, so wear comfortable shoes to get to know the city and walk without problems.

A little of history…

Malito’s origins are uncertain, as there are some differences between various versions of different historians: some argue that Malito was founded around 986, by refugees from Cosenza who left the city after the devastation of the Saracens; others, however, say that the city’s origin is much older, dating from the Roman era: and it makes sense, as it confirms the dates of the discovery of pagan ruins and tombs.

From the excavations that took place in the Campi di Malito area, it was noted that the Romans opened a road there around 132 BC to be able to connect Capua to Reggio Calabria; the road crossed the Campi di Malito and was completed after four years of work on a project by consul Publio Popilio Lenate, so it was named “Popilia”, a section of it is in the town of Conicella, which today is in ruins. It is said that, in 280 BC, there was a battle in the region in the Campi di Malito, between Pirro, king of Epirus, and the Mamertini (Martoranesi).

Legend has it that…

Legend has it that when Pirro realized he would lose the battle, he would have exclaimed: “Pugna Male Ita”, meaning “This is going bad!”; according to some historians, the name, the name Malito would have derived from this declaration. There is proof of this battle on a stone carved out of a snake, which was part of Pirro’s coat of arms; another possibility by the name of the city, according to Vincenzo Padula, the name Malito derives from the Hebrew Maleto, which means ‘hill’, in reference to the hill of Evoli, where the city is located. Over the centuries, Maleto then became Malito, but there are also those who argue that the name derives from the Latin Malum, ‘apple tree’, since Campi di Malito was a field where there were several apple and peach orchards.

Cento Casali Cosentini

Many ‘begin’ to tell the story of Malito with the Cento Casali Cosentini, who had the same privileges as the city of Bruzia and were never considered vassals, on the contrary: the Casali were also considered Cosentinos. Around the year 1000, the Casali were divided into Preture, or Baglive, which were institutions that defined the territory administered by Baglivo. This institution lasted until the advent of the 1806 Napoleonic Code. But Baglivo was also an administrative structure that collected taxes; in fact, Baglivo was a royal delegate who carried out a census of families, called fires, and of the goods they owned: in this respect, it is known that a wheat kernel was spilled for each pair of oxen owned by the fires, which by families.

Cittadella dello Sport

Nowadays, more precisely in the late 1960s, thanks to the presence of Giacomo Mancini in the Ministry of Public Works, Cittadella dello Sport (the city of sport) was created, where we find a covered and heated swimming center, a covered gym, a multi-sports building with tennis and volleyball courts, basketball and indoor soccer fields, bowling, a bike path, a municipal stadium and several public green areas equipped.

Today Malito it is a peaceful city, little known for large tourist masses, but full of charm, tranquility and authenticity that only Calabria can offer!


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Let´s visit Malito in Calabria. Malito is a city for those looking for tranquility, nature and an authentic Calabrian experience!

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