In the heart of the ionian site of Calabria
The Vascellero Club Resort is located in Cariati Marina, an Italian coast vacation place on the Ionian part of Calabria, in the province of Cosenza. Cariati is a medieval walled town with typical towers, divided into the old town and sea area, the two sides are no more than 1 km away from each other. The old town of Cariati is very characteristic, and through its streets there is an air of ancient times. The crystal clear and generous sea fills the nets of the fishermen of good fish, the main ingredient of Calabrian cuisine. Cariati will be amazing to visit. Be fascinated by the traditions of its textile products that bear the Turkish raids, dive into the waves of a sea full of history and listen to the stories and legends that the elders tell.
Wandering through the winding alleys of the historical centre, visitors may breathe the atmosphere of past centuries and visit some significant monumental evidence, symbolizing the history of Calabria, including the Cathedral of St. Michael the Archangel, a rare example of neo-classical church with bell tower of the seventeenth century and the palaces of Seminar. Outside the city walls, in the town cemetery, there is the most famous and most important art’s monument of Cariati: the Church of the Observant (also known as Santa Filomena), of the fifteenth century in late Gothic style.
The main entrance to the medieval village is Porta Pia. From Porta Pia starts the main street of the village: corso XX Settembre , at the end of it lies the “Balconata della Spezieria”, which takes its name from the nearby tower overlooking the sea of Cariati. Continuing on the left you can admire green hills and olive groves. On the right side there is the “Belvedere”, where you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the Ionian coast. Continuing along the path that runs along the walls, you will get to the “Torrione dell'Annunziata” and observe the beautiful landscape through the slits from which the “cariatesi”, in past centuries, monitored the raids from the sea.
The territory of Cariati was inhabited since ancient age, as demonstrated by a number of important archaeological discoveries, among which there is the ”Tomba Brettia“. This is the tomb of a Brettiian warrior dating back to the IV-III century BC. Inside the tomb were found armor, belts, pottery and other decorative typical funeral ornaments probably belonged to the ”warrior“.
During the Roman period Cariati became a flourishing cities of Magna Graecia called Carina for its graceful appearance. Someone thinks that the current name of Cariati derives from the ancient name “Carina”, but most researchers say that this name derives from the dialect ”carriato“. It is said that when the coastal towns were victims of the bloody lootings of the Saracens who infested the Ionian Sea, the inhabitants of Cariati, took their necessary things and transported on the hill to escape the Turkish piracy; The cariatesi built there their houses surrounded by extremely sturdy walls.
During the summer season, Cariati organizes interesting cultural activities, music and festivals. One of the most awaited the celebration of ”San Rocco“ on the 16th of August, with a procession by the sea. For this occasion the statue is loaded on a traditional boat called “paranza” and led in procession at dusk for a long stretch of sea that laps all the village until the seaside beach resort Vascellero . The passage of the Saint on the sea is greeted by the cariatesi with stunning fireworks.
Another event that is renewed from year to year, is the "Regata dei gozzi", an event that proves the strength of the sailors from Cariati. The historic race takes place in the waters of the sea promenade C. Columbus and has as protagonists the fishermen's families of Cariati. Each family competes using its “gozzo”, the typical local boat.
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