CARIATI

Cariati is a historical and cultural town located on a hill that faces the Ionian Sea, along the coastal stretch called “Costa dei Saraceni” (Saracen coast): it is a wild coastal area rich in Mediterranean scrub and thick pine woods, where promontories and gulfs alternate. Magna Graecia remains as well as Medieval and Byzantine evidences are visible all along the coast. The picturesque old town, characterized by windy narrow streets, has the structure of a Medieval fortified city: the undamaged town walls include eight towers that face the sea, which render Cariati a unique place in Calabria and Southern Italy. The origins of Cariati are very ancient. The antiquity of the settlement was evidenced by archaeological rests of Pre-protohistoric Age, found near the town at the beginning of the century. Close to the town walls, clay fragments, dwelling remains, unrefined big amphorae, coins from Metapontum, Kroton and of Roman age were discovered. Cariati became an episcopal center in 1437, under Pope Eugene IV, after the formal request by the princess Covella Ruffo who was the feudatory of the time. Cariati Diocese first included the towns of Scala Coeli, San Morello and Terravecchia. In 1575, Pope Gregory XIII, after a long dispute between the Dioceses of Santa Severina and Rossano, entrusted the Church of Cariati to Santa Severina. After a time, the Dioceses of Cariati and Cerenzia, that was already a part of Santa Severina diocese, were united. In 1818, Pope Pius VII and King Ferdinand of the two Sicilies signed an agreement to create the new diocese of Cariati, after the suppression of Cerenzia, Strongoli and Umbriatico. The new dioceses included 20 towns, most of which belonging to today’s Province of Crotone. On April 4th 1979, Pope John Paul II, by the decree “Quo Aptius”, suppressed the Diocese of Cariati and united the towns of the former Province of Catanzaro (today’s Province of Crotone) to the Diocese of Crotone, and the centers in the Province of Cosenza (Terravecchia, Cariati, Scala Coeli) to the Diocese of Rossano. The union was officialized in 1986.




 


Adress Piazza R. Trento
  87062 Cariati (CS)
Phone number 0983 94021
Fax 0983 968248

Website

www.comune.cariati.gov.it
 

 

Cariati is a renowned sea resort, located along the Ionian coastal stretch called “Costa dei Saraceni” (Saracen coast): it is a wild coastal area rich in Mediterranean scrub and thick pine woods, where promontories and gulfs alternate. Magna Graecia remains as well as Medieval and Byzantine evidences are visible all along the coast. The modern town of Cariati Marina lies on the seaside. It is a touristic center where visitors can taste fish delicacies facing the sea. Local marina is equipped with facilities for boating and yachting. The beauty of landscape, the crystal-clear seawater, the nearby Sila mountains, the delicious local food make Cariati one of the most appreciated places in Calabria.

Entering the town from the main entrance, conveys the sensation of being in a real Medieval village. Immediately after, Palazzo del Seminario, built in the first half of the 17th century, appears in all its splendor. Continuing along Corso XX Settembre (once Via Duomo) there is the Cathedral of San Michele Arcangelo and Palazzo Vescovile with a 1904 clock tower that overlooks Piazza Plebiscito. The dome of the Cathedral of S. Michele Arcangelo, erected in the 15th century, was re-built by Carmine Ruggiero in 1857, under the episcopacy of Nicola Golia. An exterior colonnade on the façade and a tower bell characterize the church. The dome is covered by polychrome majolica tiles. It is a three-nave church separated by a series of massive Ionian columns arranged in pairs. At the foot of the hill, seawards, in Salto site, the remains of an ancient Bruttian tomb dating back to 330 B.C. and discovered in 1978 deserve a visit. It is an underground chamber tomb, decorated with plasters, that contained the grave goods of a Bruttian warrior who was the head of the local community. Grave goods include an anatomical bronze cuirass, helmet, belts, iron spears and sword, a silver drinking vessel, Italiote red-figure vessels and a golden bronze crown with golden terracotta details. The grave goods are kept at the National Museum of Sibari (about 60 km far from Cariati).

Imposing buildings overlook the main town street: the 17th -century Palazzo del Seminario, Palazzo Vescovile that in 1865 hosted the Cariati Bishop, and 15th-century Cathedral that houses a precious carved wooden choir. Outside the town walls stands the most remarkable monument of Cariati: the 15th-century Church of Osservanti, or Santa Filomena.

Cariati marina is protected by an inner elbow jetty and an outer jetty. A slipway is located at the landward end of the inner jetty. An extra 120m-long reef was added to the outer jetty. On each side, two 50m-long sand protection barriers were built. Cariati marina is usually frequented by local fishing boats.



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