A small Calabria town called Mangone attracts the attention of those who pass by: in the middle of the mountains, Mangone invites tourists to take a stroll through its alleys and make the most of splendid views. Mangone is a charming, calm city and is ideal for those looking for peace, pure air and something that escapes the conventional, but without leaving aside culture and history. Today we are going to visit Mangone. 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!
A little about Mangone
The city of Mangone, in the province of Cosenza, in Calabria, is located on the slopes of the Sila plateau, about 800 meters above sea level. With just over 1700 inhabitants, its splendid territory extends to the well-known village of Piano Lago and goes up to the mountains above the village, a location rich in chestnut and oak forests.
Mangone is not part of the traditional itinerary of those visiting Calabria – and for this reason, you will have no difficulties to move there, however, like so many other small towns, it deserves prominence due to its “forgotten” air. Although it seems almost uninhabited, the city attracts by its characteristics up and down, well designed ground and inhabitants who know how to receive their tourists.
Mangone is a charming city, and it is unforgettable. Is it worth the visit? Definitely! Especially if you like to know unique, special, historical and beauty-filled places! Read also What Are The Ten Places You Must See In Calabria?
The Historic Center of Mangone
Start your tour of its historic center. The city is small and, in half a day, you can visit the city with tranquility and calm, so I suggest you to arrive in the morning and make the most of the city and, after lunch, head to – who knows, another village around. Reado also Enogastronomic Itinerary In Calabria
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The Mauro Palaceand the Cathedral
The historic center of Mangone has the typical characteristics of the villages in the area, with buildings full of decorations made of local stone. Among those worth mentioning we can mention the Mauro Palace, which was owned by the powerful local family, however, the great attraction of Mangone is the Cathedral of the city, which dominates the village.
The Cathedral is dedicated to San Giovanni Evangelista and the church was built in the 17th century. It has an interesting tufted portal on the façade and, inside, presents rich 18th century carving decorations, such as the pulpit, the ceiling and the altar. Also noteworthy is the beautiful square-shaped bell tower.
- Wear comfortable shoes! The city, being in the middle of the mountain, is full of ups and downs, so it is essential to use a shoe that allows you to walk without any problem.
The Sanctuary of Madonna dell’Arco and the Madonna dell’Arco
A favorite spot for locals is the Sanctuary of Madonna dell’Arco. It dates from 1700 and is in Baroque style. Inside, there are visible arts from the master carvers of the Roglianesa region. The main altar contains a beautiful painting and the city’s patronal feast is celebrated in the sanctuary, dedicated, of course, to Madonna dell’Arco. The festival takes place on the second Sunday of September and attracts numerous pilgrims and visitors to Mangone. Place of faith and devotion, the sanctuary of Madonna dell’Arco dates back to the 18th century. The Piano Lago fraction has recently undergone a major leap in its development and, thanks to its strategic position, has excellent access. There are countless companies and commercial activities in the area, which makes it one of the most promising areas in terms of economic and production in the province.
- Be sure to visit the city’s belvedere.
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A little of history…
Eugenio Serravalle was a mangone poet and writer and, according to his studies, suggests that Mangone’s origins date back to a period much earlier than his denomination as a village. He points out that in the Roman period, some 300,000 Syrian-Chaldean prisoners were sent to the territory to look after Sulla. They were to take care of roads and defend the borders where the Silane pine woods were, which were used to build ships. Remains of an old military station have been found here. In 1659, there is a deed drawn up by the notary Giovanni Maria Adamo di Carpanzano that verified the veracity of a fact that occurred between the territory of Mangone and Figline called Monte Malo.
Here a cave was discovered where there was a skeleton with a blade around its neck with the Gallic writing “Here is Rubichello who tried to avenge the death of his brother Morducco by being killed by the sword of Giovanni Cala.” The presence of a small number of houses of farm in the place where Mangone would have appeared dates back to 970 AD, and they would have been constructed by Valerio Mangoni.
In 975, after a Saracen attack
In 975, after a Saracen attack, the city of Cosenza was destroyed and the inhabitants took refuge in the neighboring territories belonging to the city’s nobility. Nobles Giovanni and Valerio Mangoni went to the territories to which they belonged and welcomed many inhabitants who sought help. The village continued to grow and in 986 it received the name of Mangone.
Many theories revolve around the name of the city:
The first is that the Mangoni family adopted the name of the place to which it belongs, thus, Mangone derives, in fact, from the Latin word mangones which means slave traders. It is not known that it was this activity that made the Mangoni rich and noble. The second hypothesis is that the place where the village was built took the name of the noble owner of the land that gave life to the farmhouse. Mangone would be derived from Maurogona, or generation of Mauri, who settled in Calabria at the time of the Goths.
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Where to stay in Mangone? Italiana Hotels
We couldn’t find a hotel of guaranteed quality in the city, so we recommend this one in Cosenza, which is very close.
- Star Rating: 8.3 (Very good!)
- Average coast: USD 100*
- Location: The hotel is 35 minutes from the beaches in Paola and San Lucido
- Address: Via Panebianco 452, 87100 Cosenza, Italy
- Services: airport transfer, free wifi, free parking, accessibility, restaurant, room service, bar and very good breakfast
- Breakfast: Yes
- (*) the value is an average of the daily rate for two people; values may vary by season, without prior notice.
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Where to eat in Mangone? Agriturismo Mancaro
- Address: località Mancaro, 87050 Mangone CS, Itália
- Site: https://www.agriturismomancaro.com/
- Opening hours: from wednesday to monday – 12h – 00h; Tuesday 9am – 5pm
- Telephone: +39 338 744 3193
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Mangone and its unique beauties. Mangone is a charming, discreet city that offers us immeasurable peace. Surrounded by nature, beauty, and fresh air, Mangone deserves a piece of his itinerary. As we said, it does not require much time to get to know it, so you can make the most of the city without haste and with all the tranquility of the world, since the city is not crowded like other cities in the region.
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