Let’s go to Calabria! More precisely for the province of Catanzaro! Today I take you to visit a small town, not so famous, but very charming: we are talking about Soverato, a city full of beauty and history! 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!
The Best of Soverato!
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A little more about Soverato
Today I take you to splendid Calabria. We are going to visit a city that is little known by the general public, but that definitely deserves attention. Located by the sea, we are talking about the city of Soverato, in the province of Catanzaro, in Calabria! Its privileged position, for 4,000 years, continues to offer its visitors fantastic attractions, nature, peace and tranquility. It is the ideal destination for those who want to enjoy the sea and combine their tour with culture and history. What Are The Ten Places You Must See In Calabria?
- If traveling during peak season (especially July and August) and plan to stay there make reservations in advance – this also includes dinner reservations. It’s good to remember that many establishments close during the summer time to enjoy the holidays, so don’t take the risk of not finding either a hotel or a restaurant available once you’re there, OK?!. Enogastronomic Itinerary In Calabria
1) Let’s visit Soverato in Calabria: VISIT CHURCH OF MARIA SANTISSIMA ADDOLORATA
The Gulf of Squillace is one of the most beautiful panoramas in Italy and, framed by the sea and the sun it gives us a real idea of what paradise could be. No wonder the postcard of the city is its splendid sea. Here you will also find the work of Pietà, by Antonello Gagini, a Sicilian artist who carved the work in white Carrara marble in 1521. This work is located inside one of the most beautiful churches in the city, the Church of Maria Santissima Addolorata. The Church also has a wooden crucifix from the 17th century that was part of a church that was destroyed after the earthquake of 1783. There you can also see a bas-relief by the artist Gagini.
2) Let’s visit Soverato in Calabria: VISIT THE SILICIAN TUMBS
A very interesting tour is the visit to the Sicilian Tombs, at the archaeological site of Grotticelle. The findings only prove the presence of the ancient Sicilian people in that territory and it is worth the visit, as it is really beautiful. Also be sure to visit the Tower of Galilee, also known as the Tower of Charles V, which dates back to the 16th century. The tower, for many years, served as a defense against Saracen pirates.
3) Let’s visit Soverato in Calabria: VISIT THE CHIESA DEL ROSARIO
The city is also home to another famous church, Chiesa del Rosario, which dates back to the 17th century. The church was completely restored in 1910 and has a beautiful neo-Gothic façade. Inside, a women’s gallery from the 1930s catches our attention.
4) Let’s visit Soverato in Calabria: VISIT THE SANTICELLI BOTANICAL GARDEN
Another place that deserves some time to be known in Soverato is the Santicelli botanical garden, named after the old name of the place, Spina Santa. It is located on a hill in the Gulf of Squillace. There, during World War II, a real war zone was made, with several areas dedicated to soldiers. Today it is a pedagogical path that tells the story in a unique way. It worth the visit! Children, and adults, love it!
5) Let’s visit Soverato in Calabria: VISIT THE HISTORIC CENTER
It is impossible to talk about Soverato and not mention its historic center. Known as the Soverato Vecchia, here you can see what was left of the city after the violent earthquake of 1783. Soverato Vecchia sits on a hill 95 meters above sea level, and is surrounded on three sides by the Beltrame stream. It used to be a fortified village of which remains of the walls, two towers, some buildings, a palace and some old mills still out of operation remain. The city presents itself with narrow streets and a small square. Even the churches are barely identifiable, but the parish church is majestic, next to the wall at the north end of the 15th century town. Another well-preserved church is the Church of Santa Caterina. With a rectangular floor plan, it presents a vaulted crypt and, in fact, it is of unquestionable beauty.
The history of Soverato
There is no documentation proving the city’s birth, but most likely Soverato was founded by refugees from some nearby coastal town; it is also likely that they founded the city on the run from the attacks of the Saracens, a people who terrorized southern Italy centuries ago. The city’s toponym appears in a document written in Greek, dating from the 12th century and appears as Souberaton; already in later documents, we find the writing of the name of the city as Suberate and Suberati. According to scholars, the word derives from the Latin SUBER, which means ‘cork’.
In the 13th century, the city passed through the hands of Passalacqua di Cosenza, who was succeeded by the Monforte, the Castrocuccos and the De Nobili. Years later, it moved to Squillace and in the early 17th century it was separated and sold to the Marincolas; after a certain period, the city passed into the hands of Di Loffredo and De Falco, who kept it until the beginning of the 19th century, when the Napoleonic reforms sanctioned the collapse of the feudal system. Due to the devastating earthquake of the 18th century, the city was annexed to the kingdom of Italy, and restored by the Bourbon government.
How to arrive in Soverato?
1) How to arrive in Soverato? BY AIRPLANE
The closest airport to here is Lamezia Terme. With a good structure, the airport is well connected with the rest of the region through public and private buses and rail services.
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2) How to arrive in Soverato? BY TRAIN
The city has a train station that is homonymous: Soverato. Also find out ” What is the difference between trains in Italy?”. Would you like to save? So buy your ticket online in advance and save a lot, read the Post “How to buy a train ticket in Italy?“.
3) How to arrive in Soverato? BY CAR
Take the SA / RC motorway and then take the Lamezia Terme – Catanzaro exit; Head to S.S. 848 and take the Soverato exit.
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