BELMONTE CALABRO

Belmonte is one of the most interesting and well-preserved old centers in Cosenza Southern Tyrrhenian area. The village has a typically Medieval layout, with houses one against the other along narrow and winding small streets, noble dwellings that overlook small squares, typical Medieval archways, hanging gardens and steep stairs. The surrounding walls are partially preserved; three city gates opened in it: Porta di Mare (Sea Gate) next to a tower; Porta di Terra (Land Gate) at the foot of the castle; Porta Laterale (Side Gate), still visible, that opens northward to the Vallone della Porta (Gate Valley). Tomato farming has great importance for the area. Local tomatoes, large and tasty are called Belmonte tomatoes and have received the PDO (Protected Designation Origin) status. Calabria Capocollo and Soppressata are pork products that characterize the entire regional area. Dried figs are high quality and well-recognized specialties: in 1910, the first producers were from Belmonte and since then all Calabrian people love and eat them.




 


Address Via Michele Bianchi n. 7
  87033 Belmonte Calabro (CS)
Phone number 0982 400207
Fax 0982 400608
Website http://www.comunedibelmontecalabro.cs.it/
 

 

Marina di Belmonte lies on the Tyrrhenian coast; it is a newly settled but dynamic center. The 17th century Palazzo del Rivellino, the WWF Natural Sea Reserve of Scogli di Isca and the Church of San Pasquale di Babylon are the main attractions of the town.

Belmonte Calabro was founded in the 13th century by the Anjou House as a fortified settlement near Amantea. In the past, it was an important town, becoming a Principality during the dominion of the Ravaschi, Pinelli and Pignatelli families. The Princes of Belmonte had also the privilege of minting coin and forged the rare Tornese of Belmonte. Among religious buildings, the following are worth visiting: the Collegiate Church of Santa Maria Assunta, the Church of Immacolata Concezione, the Monastery and Church of Carmine, the Monastery and Church of the Capuchin monks, the Church of Annunziata that is probably one of the most ancient places of Christian worship in this area.

The Castle of Belmonte Calabro, built around 1271, is a place every tourist must visit. This large construction was damaged by different earthquakes and by the 1806 French siege. A cultural center, as well as the local Library and the Museum of Peasant Life are hosted in the castle. Other places that are worth a visit are the Palazzo Pignatelli, erected at the beginning of the 18th century by Prince Antonio Pignatelli; the Monument to Michele Bianchi, built between 1930 and 1932 as the tomb of the Fascist gerarca Michele Bianchi, consisting in a large monolith inspired to the Trajan’s Column in Rome. It is the one and only Mausoleum dedicated to a Fascist gerarca.



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