The area is also home to many areas of great natural beauty such as Cecita Lake, an artificial basin built to generate electricity for the territory of Spezzano. The lake, which is popular among tourists and fishing enthusiasts, depending on the season, has a rich archaeological heritage that came to light a few years ago thanks to the excavation started in 2004 which unearthed ancient artefacts from the time of the Neanderthals.
The historic centre of Spezzano Sila is also of particular interest to culture vultures. The area’s churches contain many structures and works of great artistic and architectural value. In particular, the church of San Biagio, built in the 15th century and remodelled several times, is located in the district of the same name. In the upper part of the village you will find the 16th century church of San Pietro, which houses important paintings and sculptures of the southern school. The church of San Francesco di Paola, with adjoining convent, was built in the 15th century. It is the third convent of the Thaumaturge and it is thought that the saint himself supervised its construction.
The Sanctuary of Saint Francis of Paola at Spezzano della Sila is chronologically the third church to be built by the saint, after those constructed in Paola and Paterno, but it was the first in the world to be part of the Franciscan order of Charitas.
The Sanctuary is located in the historic centre of Spezzano della Sila and houses a simple wooden statue of the Saint, made by local artists, which dates back to 1700. Other prestigious works of art, such as the wooden Baroque-style busts from the 17th century, the paintings of the Saint by Frà Bernardo di Celico, the works of Santanna such as "The Flight into Egypt", "The Nativity" and "The Coming of the Magi” can also be admired in the sanctuary.
Cupone, located on the banks of Lake Cecita, is an area situated along the river of the same name that flows there. The area is home to a huge number of larch pine and is the driving force behind numerous environmental protection and conservation policies.
The Cupone Visitor Centre is an environmental education centre featuring nature trails, wildlife observatories, a museum, a geological garden and a botanical garden which is wheelchair friendly and accessible to the blind thanks to panels and audio files explaining the various plant species.
Specially designed for the visually impaired and the blind, the educational path in the Cupone Botanical Garden covers 350 metres and is positioned on wooden sleepers bordered by a fence with handrails. The area is surrounded by the mountainous landscape of the Sila and is teeming with 115 native species of Calabrian mountain flora - from the Potentilla to the Calabrian Astragalus - which grow in the earth or in trays. All plants are equipped with Braille cards and specially marked characters for the visually impaired. The Botanical Garden occupies an area of 10,400 square metres and is almost entirely flat. It was built in the State Forests located within the Sila National Park.
This museum is housed in an old cattle shed and was built with the aim of telling the story of Italian emigration from a non-regional point of view, although there is certainly no lack of Calabrian insight. The exhibition includes a reconstructed ancient bastion and a collection of photographs, illustrations and old magazine covers which are accompanied by texts from Gian Antonio Stella that tell the story of emigration through poetry, literary testimonies, statistics and the village experiences of entire families. All this was made possible thanks to donations from foundations, institutes, publishing houses and private collectors.
The Giants of Sila Nature Reserve, also known as the Fallistro Nature Reserve after the town in which it is located, is a protected natural area established in 1987. It is famous for the Giants of Sila, larch pines over 100 years old with immense dimensions whose trunks form perfect natural colonnades. Some of the trees are 45 metres tall with a diameter at the base of about two metres. In fact, they are so big that they are often compared to the North American redwoods. In addition to the larch pine, the area is also home to wild apple trees, beech trees, chestnut trees, aspens and mountain maples.
The Monte Curcio cableway is the most modern lift in central and southern Italy, with a transport capacity of 1800 people per hour.
The facility is used every winter by thousands of skiers who descend the downhill and cross-country ski runs of Camigliatello Silano.