Known as the Città dei Bruzi (the City of the Bruttians), Cosenza is one of the most ancient cities in Calabria, the main center of a metropolitan area with about 269.000 inhabitants. Among the largest Calabria cities, Cosenza is a leading center of thriving economic activities, artistic and cultural promotion, often in collaboration with the University of Calabria. The origins of Cosenza date back to the 4th century B.C. when the area was strategically important to the Bruttians. The city was first ruled by the Lombards, then, under the name of Constantia, the Byzantines, and later the Normans. Under the rule of Frederick II of Sweden, the Duomo was completed and consecrated, and housed the mortal remains of his eldest son Henry VII. Henry was the son of Frederick and Constance of Aragon. He rebelled against his father, was first sentenced to death, then to life imprisonment, and probably committed suicide. Cosenza dialect was strongly influenced by Greek and Latin, as well as Spanish and French. Local dialect has remarkably different syntax, verbal forms and pronunciation than the other Calabria languages. The city is commonly associated with the University of Calabria, the recently-founded medium-sized residential university campus. Many lovely and fascinating sites can be spotted along the Ionian and Tyrrhenian coasts: rock-carved caves, natural arches and cliffs standing in the middle of the blue sea form the amazing landscape of places like Praia a Mare, Scalea, Cirella, Capo Bonifati, Campora San Giovanni. The mountain sites in the Sila Plateau are equally breath-taking. The plateau houses the Sila National Park that includes the so-called Greater Sila, Greek Sila and Lesser Sila, the Pollino National Park and several mountain resorts. Among the main sites in the province, San Giovanni in Fiore, built around the Abbey founded by Joachim of Fiore, is renowned for local handicraft. Camigliatello Silano is a well-known mountain resort located among thick pine forests. It stands in the middle of the Greater Sila, is equipped with skiing facilities, and is the best renowned Sila site for summer and winter holidays. The main activities of present-day Cosenza are commerce and tertiary enterprises. The city is experiencing great changes thanks to the European Program for Urban Regeneration URBAN, implemented by the City Administration. Besides landscape, historical and artistic heritage, Cosenza supports its gastronomic heritage that includes local dishes, capocollo-based starters, soppressata (a local salami), sausages and mushrooms in oil. Pasta-based delicacies include home-made pasta with delicate sauces, extra virgin olive oil and garlic; lagane e ceci (eggless pasta and chickpeas) and licurdia (potatoes and onion soup). Among meat dishes, mazzacorde (rolled intestines of unweaned lamb and goat, cooked with tomatoes) are extremely tasty. Local sweets and pastries include pitta 'nchiusa (a cake stuffed with raisins and walnuts); dried-fig crocette and taralli. Extra virgin olive oil, hot pepper and local wines add flavor to the already delicious dishes. Cosenza, together with other towns in the Province, joined the National Wine Cities Association, the agency that protects and promotes wine production and territory.