The Tyrrhenian Coast of Cosenza

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The Tyrrhenian Coast of Cosenza


San Nicola Arcella is the destination of thousands of tourists during the summer season. An enchanted place in the province of Cosenza that gives strong emotions to lovers of unspoiled places. The village, perched about 110 meters above the sea, overlooks crystal-clear waters and golden beaches. It is part of the Riviera dei Cedri, which offers scenic views of considerable importance. A stretch of coast imbued with charm for its cliffs and the caves that nature has created. One of these, the Arcomagno, is among the most photographed subjects in Calabria and often graces the front pages of summer magazines. Choosing it to spend a day at the beach, you will be amazed by the huge spur about 20 meters high and the cave that has been formed over the years, giving rise to a small, paradisiacal beach. The Arcomagno Cave is also known as the Saracen Cave because it was once the passage used by the Saracens to reach the coast. A few kilometers north of San Nicola Arcella is the renowned Isola di Dino. The size of the islet is small, so you can only explore and admire the 50 hectares of vegetation and cliffs that make it up. It features several millennia-old caves and limestone cliffs that plunge into the crystal-clear sea. At the extreme western tip of the island, you will discover the stele dedicated to the Madonna della Grotta.


Cirella is a hamlet of the municipality of Diamante, another pearl of the Tyrrhenian coast of Cosenza. It has a very ancient history, so much so that it was considered an important port in Roman times and of Magna Graecia. It is a fertile territory of archaeological remains, among which the ancient ruined citadel stands out. Cirella was destroyed several times throughout history, always by invaders coming from the sea. Hannibal’s troops started during the Punic Wars, then it was the turn of the Saracens during their raids and then the French in the nineteenth century. The convent of San Francesco was built in 1545. Cirella also gives its name to the small island that emerges not far from its popular beach. In the highest part, the remains of a tower that was part of the coastal defense system against Saracen incursions are evident. Tourists are attracted by the seabeds around the island, which sometimes yield important finds and are characterized by the presence of Posidonia, an aquatic plant that forms a real underwater meadow.


Diamante is the main attraction for tourists in the upper Tyrrhenian coast of Cosenza. Over time, it has opened up so much to seasonal guests that it has enhanced the charm of its ancient and genuine beauty. The houses of the historic center, all perched on a promontory overlooking the sea, still present themselves today in all their elegant simplicity. The alleys of the historic center of Diamante are very colorful. Murals, in fact, depict the symbols of the place and hospitality. Each alley tells a story, and each house, with its mural, represents a snippet, a vignette of that story. There are really so many, and a day is not enough to admire them all, also because the number of narrow streets in the historic center is high. The seafront is also always tidy and clean, as are the narrow side streets.


The beauty of San Lucido is beginning to be known not only in Calabria. The public, increasingly numerous over the years and with the increase in advertising, appreciates with conviction this other corner of the coast. The village offers a breathtaking panorama. From the “Miramare” in the square, you can admire the sea, mountains, wide views up to even the Sicilian coasts. At night, the spectacle of the Panoramica lights up, creating a suggestive scenario. In particular, the arches supporting the huge terrace on the rocky spur are brightly lit. In the evening, the nightlife is filled with colors and lights in the magical Via dei Lampadari, a true explosion of joy and beauty. It is here that thousands of young people and vacationers gather to spend hours together sipping a drink or enjoying a good ice cream. The almond-flavored one is particularly sought after and appreciated.


Since 2005, the village of Fiumefreddo Bruzio has been considered one of the most beautiful in Italy. It is on the rocky promontory, exactly on a slope of Monte Cocuzzo, that its beauty emanates. Its morphological conformation is very peculiar, so much so that it is the highest peak of the coastal chain of the Apennines Paolano. From the sea, it climbs up to about 1500 meters. Not to be missed is the Mother Church at the entrance of the village, dated 1540, on whose facade several interventions have been carried out. Inside, the splendid paintings by Francesco Solimena and Giuseppe Pascaletti are preserved, the latter also the author of the altarpiece. Also wonderful are the ruins of the Castle, known as “Palazzo della Valle,” built on the upper part of the village, on the cliffs of the valley. On the clearest days, the panorama leads the gaze on one side to Sicily and the Aeolian Islands and on the other to Capo Palinuro.

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