Four kilometres far from our Farm Holidays, along the ancient SS 106 road, stands the town centre of Corigliano Calabro, whose name, according to the majority, should derive from Greek “Korion Elaios” (garden of olive-trees). Made of typical terraced houses built on the ancient Serratore hill, the village is dominated by the Castle dating back to the Norman times. Built by Ruggero il Guiscardo around 1100 AC, it has been inhabited over the centuries by various nobles, such us the Ruffo Princes (15th century), the Dukes of Saluzzo (13th century) and the barons Compagna as well (19th century). Characterized by four embattled towers, the castle, having architectural elements of the Angioian period, is now a prestigious venue for exhibitions, conferences and important events, thanks to significant renewal works.
Corigliano has many interesting churches to be visited, each having its own particular features. Not far from the river Coriglianeto, along the road leading to the town centre, stands the Carmine Church, once monastery, characterized by three stone portals in Gothic – Neapolitan style dating back to the 14th -15th centuries. Entering the village, the S. Antonio from Padua Church built in the 16th century has a colourful facing of majolica decorating the dome and the small cupolas. Walking along Via Roma, visitors can reach the S. Francesco from Paola Church, in which some traces of an ancient settlement dating back to 15th-16th centuries are still visible. A fresco representing the Holy Trinity dated around the 15th century, has been discovered there during the recent works for restoration, arising a great interest among many art experts. The St. Mary Church worth visiting too, with its magnificent wooden engraved choir made around 1700, while the St. Peter Church, is well known for its splendid “Madonna dell’Odigitria”, a bi-facial painting made on wood, dating back to 1400.
In the countryside, not far from Corigliano, are the typical Albanian villages like San Demetrio, San Cosmo and San Giorgio Albanese. The Arbresh language and many old traditions dating back to the times in which Albanians escaped from Turkish persecutions looking for a refuge in Calabria, are still part of the everyday life of these village
Three kilometres far from our Farm Holidays, are the sandy and gravel beaches of Schiavonea, while many other beautiful beaches are scattered along the villages located in the surrounding of Corigliano Calabro, like Trebisacce, Rossano and Roseto Capo Spulico, the latter well known for its castle overlooking the sea. Travelling along the SS 106 BIS road up to the north, visitors can reach Sibarys, an ancient Achaean colony founded around 750 B.C. The Sybarites experienced here a great development which made possible the coinage as well as the foundation of other sub-colonies in Magna Graecia like Paestum. Nowadays, the Archaeological site and the Museum of Sibarys can be visited.
Not far from Corigliano, are the Massif of Pollino and the Sila High Plateau, with their natural parks full of bright colours changing over the different seasons and offering plenty of opportunities for excursions. Along the slopes of Pollino Massif, are the typical “loricato” pines, so called because their bark is similar to the body armour once used by the Romans soldiers (“lorica” in Latin).This particular species of pine, is only located here in Calabria and in Greece, on the Mount Athos. The Sila High Plateau, divided in “Sila Grande” and “Sila Piccola”, it’s a well known by tourists for skiing in winter. In particular, in the “Sila Grande”, the Fallistro Reserve is a very fascinating place, where visitors can admire the Giants of the Sila High Plateau, more than fifty larches and maple trees of extraordinary dimensions, some of them reaching forty metres in height and two metres in width.