Why visit Vibo Valentia?
Today we are going to visit Vibo Valentia, the most populous municipality on the Costa degli Dei and which offers us many tourist attractions. Let’s find out why visit Vibo Valentia? 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!
Vibo Valentia is another one of the pearls of Calabria that should be on your itinerary because it offers us a triad of wonders that cannot fail to be known: mixing antiquity, ports, tourism, mountains, and hinterland, it is a true mixture that impresses with its result. Let’s see it?
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1) Why visit Vibo Valentia? THE CASTLE
You must have noticed that there is no shortage of castles in Calabria, right? Also, see here What are the must-see castles in Calabria?
In Vibo Valentia, it’s no different. You can visit the Norman-Swabian Castle, which, although it is not possible to give a precise date of construction, was enlarged in 1289, so it is even older than that. During the Aragonese domination, it was restored.
The 1783 earthquake ended up causing the demolition of the second floor and, currently, the preserved structure is limited to cylindrical towers, a rammed tower, and an arch, but what deserves our visit is the State Archaeological Museum.
2) Why visit Vibo Valentia? VITO CAPIALBI ARCHEOLOGICAL MUSEUM
Located inside the old castle, the Vito Capialbi Archaeological Museum is responsible for storing numerous archaeological finds from Italy and also of Greek and Roman origin – find out here Greeks and Calabria: what is the relationship?
In addition to all the history kept and preserved in the Museum, it also allows a wide view of Vibo Valentia, uniting beauty, history, and culture uniquely!
3) Why visit Vibo Valentia? THE CHURCHES
Religious tourism enthusiasts cannot fail to include this small Italian commune in their itinerary: there are at least 10 beautiful churches in the region.
The main ones are the Churches of Santa Maria Maggiore and San Leoluca, the Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli, and the Church of Santa Maria la Nova.
Church of Santa Maria Maggiore and San Leoluca
It is the main church of Vibo Valentia and its origins date back to the 500s and 600s when it was built on the remains of a Byzantine basilica. Like many other Italian monuments, it suffered damage from the 1783 earthquake but was restored.
It is characterized as having a single nave, with the beauty in charge of neoclassical frescoes from the 19th century. There, you can also find the 18th-century high altar and a sculpture close to the Madonna della Neve, attributed to the 16th century.
Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli
It is also a historic structure, although younger than the previous one: it was built between 1621 and 1666 and its conservation has been in the hands of the Capuchin Fathers – since 1866 when they took on this task.
The Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli, in Vibo Valentia, is the destination of thousands of devotees who flock to it on Fridays in March every year. On-site, it is possible to get to know the Degli Angeli Crucifix, sought after by these devotees.
Church of Santa Maria la Nova
Responsible for housing different styles, this Church was built in 1521, under the name of Santa Maria del Gesù. It was used during the war as a military fort and later reopened to the public. Are you enjoying our content? So discover our e-book with amazing tips on itineraries, awesome places where you can taste the best of the Calabria flavor, where to sleep and much more! Make your Travel To Calabria unique with our practical guide!
4) Why visit Vibo Valentia? VIBO MARINA
Such is the importance of this port, which is considered a fraction of Vibo Valentia, where approximately 10 thousand inhabitants live.
Originally, it was called Porto Santa Venere, due to the legend that fishermen found a statue of Venus (Venere) there.
The port was highlighted in the war, when, on September 8, 1943, the English 8th Army landed there, aiming to finish off the German units.
Vibo Marina is also central to the region’s economy, distributing mainly oil and cement, in addition to fishing and tourism products. It has a strong connection with the Aeolian Islands.
Porto Santa Venere
Since 2007, a bill has been pending in the Regional Council of Calabria that aims to create the municipality of Porto Santa Venere, as well as the original name of Vibo Marina, covering four villages: Vibo Marina, Bivona, Portosalvo, and Longobardi.
Vibo Valentia Map
Where to stay in Vibo Valentia? Villa Zufro
- Rating: 9.6 (Exceptional!)
- Average daily rate: 104 USD*
- Location: The hotel is 4km from the Castle and Museum, while Tropea is less than 20km away.
- Address: Strada Statale 18 Tirrena Inferiore (Km 435+800), 89900 Vibo Valentia, Italy
- Services: free private parking, private bathroom, shared kitchen, swimming pool, tennis court.
- Breakfast included: Yes.
- (*) the value is an average of the daily rate for two people; values may vary according to the season, without prior notice.
Where to eat in Vibo Valentia? Terravecchia Ristorante Pizzeria
Serving typical local food, Terravecchia Ristorante Pizzeria is our go-to in Vibo Valentia!
- Address: Via Terravecchia inferiore 184 89900 Vibo Valentia, Calabria, Italy
- Website: https://pt-br.facebook.com/terravecchiaristorantepizzeria/?rf=537034386422274
- Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, closed on Mondays, from 18:00 to 23:00
- Phone: +39 389 690 9212
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