What places to visit near Cosenza?
The ancient city of Cosenza, known as the city of Bruzios, is one of the oldest cities in Calabria and gently leans on the seven hills that surround the valley of Crater. It is situated in a natural environment, at the confluence of the Busento River that divides the modern part of the city from the old one, which is located on the slopes of Pancracio Hill. Thanks to its cultural past, it was known as the Athens of Italy. But what places to visit near Cosenza? 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 Cosentine area is varied, characterized by a prevalence of mountains and hills, despite flat areas with vast stretches of coastline and 155 municipalities that form the first province of Calabria. Less than an hour’s drive away from the Ionian and Tyrrhenian Seas and the Sila and Pollino mountains, the city of Bruzi, with its 2,500 years of history, is a must see to relive the story of Alaric and the life of Frederick II from Swabia.
When it comes to exploring these areas, it is a must to stay close to the city of Cosenza, which definitely offers interesting things to do. In this text, we are going to look at some places that are worth visiting. These cities can be easily visited from Cosenza with a car. Read here our section on Driving in Italy and discover here some examples of Itineraries by Car.
1) What places to visit near Cosenza? GET TO KNOW ROSSANO CALABRO
We start the tour on the outskirts of Coseza, visiting the town of Rossano Calabro for the first time. It rests on the sea and is located on the Sibari plain, between the beautiful coast of the Ionian Sea and Sila. In addition to numerous buildings scattered throughout the city, it is in the historic center of Rossano that you can visit many ancient works left by the Greek settlers. KNOW MORE ABOUT ROSSANO.
In the historic center you can admire the Catedral Da Maria Santissima Aqueropita (Rossano Cathedral), where inside you can find the painting of the Madonna and the famous ‘Codex purpureus Rossanensis’, one of the oldest and most precious Byzantine gospels, dating from the 5th century, listing with gold and silver uncials on purple parchment, the document contains Greek writing and 15 miniatures, representing the gospel, a true masterpiece.
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2) What places to visit near Cosenza? GET TO KNOW CORIGLIANO CALABRO
A few kilometers away we find another center to visit, which is the town of Corigliano Calabro. It is a city in the province of Cosenza, whose origins are said to have been traced back to the Arab invasion of 977. This city, located at the foot of Sila Grega, has an old quarter, the district of Santos, the closed construction arranged in layers on a hill, with narrow and charming streets.
The fertility of agricultural areas, of clear and citrus crops determined a strong development of the city. The city has an old castle where a building by by Roberto, il Guiscardo, around 1073, was placed as a military post. In the mid-14th century, it was transformed into a noble residence by the Count of Corigliano Roberto Sanseverino. The castle was sold in 1971 to the Archbishop of Rossano and by him to the city of Corigliano, in 1979. LEARN MORE ABOUT CORIGLIANO.
It is one of those buildings where history has operated the multiplication of beauty. Corigliano is also home to the only commercial fishing boat harbor on the upper Jonio Cosentino, located in the Gulf of Corigliano and is the widest part of the Gulf of Taranto.
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