With just over 6,000 inhabitants, San Lucido presents itself in a discreet but very elegant way. With historical monuments, it is a city that wins our hearts in every possible way. Located in the province of Cosenza, San Lucido offers us historical attractions, archaeological finds and breathtaking views. Today we are going to get to know the splendid San Lucido in Calabria. Here at Travel 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 more San Lucido…
San Lucido is not a big city and you can visit it in half a day. Little known by tourists, it is calm, welcoming with a charm that catches our attention. It’s not a city for those who like action, as it is very quiet, but it’s the ideal destination for those who want to discover an authentic Calabria full of beauty. The city is quiet, surrounded by nature and offers us an excellent cultural and historical heritage. Today we are going to discover a little more of our dear Calabria and explore this delightful city called San Lucido. Read also Tourism in Calabria!
1) Visit in San Lucido in Calabria: THE CASTLE RUFFO
San Lucido is a city made up of several monuments, true historical heritages that the different peoples who passed through there left us. One of the city’s most famous sights is the ruins of its beautiful Castle Ruffo. It was here that Cardinal Fabrizio Ruffo was born, commander of the army of the Holy See that fought the Neapolitan Republic in 1799, and re-conquered Puglia, Basilicata and Calabria back in the hands of the Bourbons. Also read: WHAT ARE THE TEN MUST-SEE PLACES IN CALABRIA?
In 1092 the city of San Lucido was donated by Ruggero d’Altavilla to the Archbishop of Cosenza, Arnolfo II. This, in turn, wanted to defend the territory and ordered the construction of the Castle. The fortress also passed into the hands of the Carafa family, between 1494 and 1611 and, later, belonged to the Sangro family, to finally become the property of the Ruffo family, who kept it until 1806. In the ruins we can still see the cellars, the cisterns and the walkways; at the top are the walls and cannons and we can also see a masonry bridge that crosses the moat; in the ruins we can also see the bridge that connected the castle to the church of San Giovanni Battista.
2) Visit in San Lucido in Calabria: THE S.S. ANNUNZIATA CHURCH
In the city center, with short walks, we find several churches, and one of the most important in the city is the S.S. Annunziata Church, which is one of the rare examples of 15th century architecture. There are still preserved some beautiful panels carved in the 16th century. Make sure to visit the church of San Giovanni, located next to the Castle. Its interior is made up of three naves, and there you will find an 18th century canvas that presents the Baptism of Jesus. The work is signed by Francesco Saverio Jorio and was created in 1789. Inside the church we can also see an image of the Madonna del Pilerio, attributed to Pascaletti.
3) Visit in San Lucido in Calabria: THE PALAZZO ZAGARESE AND MANES
In the historic center we can see the beautiful palaces that rise imposingly on the main square. Among several of them, worth mentioning: the Palazzo Manes, from the 18th century, and the Palazzo Zagarese, from the 19th century. Both of unique beauty!
4) Visit in San Lucido in Calabria: THE MIRAMARE
Another point worth mentioning in San Lucido is its abundant nature. Nature is, without a doubt, one of the highlights of this small town in Calabria. With a privileged position, just 56 meters above sea level, the city offers us a splendid coastline. The sunset in the city is poetic, as seeing the sun ‘painting’ the city with gold color is, in fact, magical! One of the most beautiful views is the view from Miramare, which is a small circular square and, here, there is a very famous legend: it is said that a young woman named Cilla threw herself from Miramare trying to reach her beloved fisherman who had been lost at sea. Today, there, there is a stone with a sculpture and her name on it, positioned exactly where she would have thrown herself.
5) Visit in San Lucido in Calabria: THE PANORAMICA
Another beautiful spot is called Panoramica, which also offers a magnificent view. On clearer days, you can see the sea, mountains and even Sicily. From here, the sunset is impeccable, but at night, the view also sparkles with its houses and establishments with their lights.
- One of the most visited tourist spots that you can’t miss is the well-known Love Stairs! The staircase is on Via Annunziata, and it is one of the most beautiful shortcuts in San Lucido. There you can see colors and romantic symbols painted elegantly on the steps of the staircase.
Map with the attractions in San Lucido in Calabria
A little of history…
With archaeological finds found in Contrada Palazzi (which is now Petralonga), the history of San Lucido was a Greek Greek route in the Tyrrhenian Sea until the arrival of the Romans, in the 5th and 4th centuries BC The origin of the city’s name is not yet well understood , but some historians associate the name of the city with that of Saint Lucid of Aquara; however, there are still controversies and, some, relate the name to other sources and even cite the Byzantines, claiming that the place was named in honor of Sant’Aniceto.
In 1092, Ruggero, the Duke of Calabria, donated the city to the Archbishop of Cosenza, Arnolfo II, who decorated the city with various monuments. As early as 1487, the town became a fief of the Sangro, Carafa, Della Tolfa and Ruffo families who maintained it until 1806. The town’s castle belonged to the princes of Ruffo di Calabria, ancestors of Paola Ruffo di Calabria, queen of the Belgians as the consort of Albert II, and in 1744 Cardinal Fabrizio Ruffo, head of the Santa Fé or Sanfedista Army, was born there. Since 1811 it is an autonomous municipality.
San Lucido in Calabria – If you want to ‘escape’ from the bustle of big cities and get to know an authentic Calabria, with its charms, nature, beauty and history, your destination, easily, can be San Lucido.
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