Calabria - Diamante & Cirella
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also known as the "Gem of the Mediterranean", and it's fraction, Cirella,
can both boast a particularly long summer going from April straight
October, thanks to their wonderful position in the heart of the
that originates as a fishermen's town, who built their homes around the
Mother Church and with Spanish roots, a long promenade facing the clear blue sea and the port,
appearing as a lengthy terrace, very enjoyable for a cool relaxing walk
great view of nature's gorgeous settings and beauties.
visit to this town will be further enhanced by the wealth of art, culture,
traditions, folklore and gastronomy. A great number of excursions can be
made in and around this area of extraordinary natural beauty.
features a characteristic little port that becomes very
populated during the Summer Season when many tourists moor here with their
boats to stop and admire for a while this "Gem" of beauties. It also hosts many local
fishermen's boats who supply fresh fish coming from the local Tyrrhenian waters,
to the towns throughout the coast and the hinterland.
a pleasing feeling to walk through the tiny aisles of Diamante's
discovering day by day, or under the romantic street lights at night,
the wealth of art that this town has inherited, being known
internationally for its
you wind your way in and around this quaint little village you will
unexpectedly find yourself face to face with a host of brightly coloured
murals decorating the walls of almost all the houses of the historic area.
yourself looking through an open window, into a room just to achieve that
it's a painting or admiring a frame of the picturesque blue sea to finally
realise that it really is the Tyrrhenian in it's peaceful position."
These are the works of famous artists from all over Europe who began coming
here in 1981 thanks to an idea of the
Nani Razzetti, ranking Diamante first for exhibiting the highest number of
works in the Association of
Municipalities for "Painted Towns".
is situated on a promontory south of
the plain where ancient Laos rose and is currently a hamlet of the
jewel of the Mediterranean Diamante. It enjoys the presence of the
"Island of Cirella" where a sentinel tower was built in ancient time to
protect the town from invaders coming from sea. Cirella probably was a
little port under the control of Laos.
Legend has it that the "old town" of Cirella
was destroyed, never the less, than from ants, but history shows
that this town has been invaded several times and from various dynasties,
probably for it's position so close to the sea, going from
the "Sybaritis" to "Hannibal" to the "Turkish".
Today Cirella has all the
typical characteristics of the Southern Italian little towns rising on the
part of Cirella,
preserves rubbles of "Cirella Antica", where the rests of the
Church and Castle still show some frescoes of the
The Mausoleum, is said to date back to the Roman Imperial
Period, its remains are numerous but not enough to allow any
accurate dating. This round shaped pagan temple was built out of
bricks and is situated on the town heights in the country side.
In the Middle Ages it was used as a church and then as a
warehouse for agricultural produce.
"Cedro", a bitter
fruit that only grows on the North Tyrrhenian Coast of Calabria (and
no where else in the world), and that takes the shape of a huge green
cultivated all over the countryside around Diamante
and Cirella. Probably thanks to
soil that is ligumuso (impure) and full of shingle
carried by the rivers, this area also guarantees a production of spirits,
essences and candied fruits of high quality. The Cedro is
the principal ingredient to make a Southern Italian typical liquor
that takes the name of this rare fruit.