Evidence of Calabria’s warlike past can be seen in the mighty castle walls that border the region along the coast and the hinterland, fortifications built with the aim of defending a land from the frequent foreign invasions that then become monuments of architecture and beauty. Byzantine and medieval castles, rich in history and culture but also in legends and myths, hidden among the stones of old buildings continue to challenge present as well as past time. Ancient ruins of proud people, open air artistic receptacles, the majestic Calabrian castles challenge the cliffs on which they are located and greatly contribute to enhancing the charm of the surrounding landscape. Even the ruins are a testimony of a glorious and priceless past, that preserve continuous surprises for visitors. Also the hinterland castles, perched on top of impenetrable mountain peaks and today guardians of authentic treasures of art and history, are a tangible reality, with their ancient relics, of magical and fascinating stories. And even the watch towers, the first sentinels of defence and bastions soaring against the clear sky of Calabria, narrate stories of warriors and heroes. A mythical land with a legendary past.