BELVEDERE MARITTIMO

Belvedere Marittimo is a town in the province of Cosenza. Its territory covers a stretch of the Tyrrhenian coast from Serluca Calabaja to Santa Litterata, and in the middle, Capo Tirone. The old town has maintained all the characteristics of an ancient Medieval hamlet with noble buildings, alleyways and gates, and it overlooks a wide view of the mountains and sea.

The origins of the ancient settlement, called Belviderium, are uncertain: the finding of a bronze axe in the 19th century shows that human presence in the area probably dates back to the Pre-historic age (10th-9th century B.C.). Other archeological findings concern Bruttian graves (4th-3rd century  B.C.). The first encastellation can be ascribed to the Normans who built the castle on the cliff under Roger the Norman (1031-1101). The castle was heroically defended in 1289 against the Aragon troops who succeeded in conquering it only in 1490.

Belvedere people were also involved in the Battle of Lepanto (October 7, 1571) during which the brave mariner and explorer Cecco Pisano distinguished himself. In 1622 the town was given to Tiberio Carafa, the first Prince of Belvedere, after whom the castle, that has always been the heart of the town history, was named.




 


Address Via Maggiore Mistorni, 1
  87021 Belvedere Marittimo (CS)
Phone number 098584822
Website http://www.comune.belvedere-marittimo.cs.it/
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Every year tourists can enjoy the event Note di Fuoco (Notes of Fire), an international  fireworks festival dedicated to  the best three nations operating in this field in the world. The event may last from three to six days and has offered spectacular shows to an increasing number of people: 200.000 people were at the final show in 2007. 

The origins of Belvedere Marittimo are very ancient and a still debated topic among historians. The most frequently cited theory suggests that it might be identified with Skydros, one of Sybaris subcolonies.

The existing town dates to the 12th century, when Roger of Normandy commissioned the castle, still the symbolic core of the town.

After the fights between the Houses of Anjou and Aragon, in 1633 the feud was sold to the Neapolitan family of Carafa, that held it until the abolition of Feudalism.

A very ancient monument is the little Church of Rosario that has the year 1091 engraved on the sandstone portal. The Church of SS. Crocifisso keeps a 18th century wooden Crucifix.  The majestic wooden sculpture dominates the main altar and it is evidence of the Church past magnificence and importance.

A quadrangular guard tower stands in Contrada Rocca. The Norman castle is situated in the old town and it was re-built during the Aragonese period. The house where Saint Daniel Fasanella, the patron saint, was born can also be visited. 



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