CITTANOVA

The original urban structure of Cittanova dates to 1600. The origins of Cittanova people, however, are much more ancient. They are the descendants of the population, mainly peasants and shepherds, but also merchants and valets, who lived in “Fondaco”, a little scattered hamlet where there is still a street with that name, and in the districts of Catena, Cerchieto and Torre. The small villages together were known as Casal Novo already in the 15th century. Today Cittanova is renowned as the City of the Stock-fish.




 


Address Palazzo Cannatà
  Viale Aldo Moro n.1
  89022 Cittanova (RC)
Phone number 0966 656111
Fax 0966 656120
Website http://www.comune.cittanova.rc.it/
 

 

Cittanova old town keeps remarkable noble and religious buildings that deserve a visit. The Church of Rosario was designed by the Morani brothers from Polistena, and it houses the statue of Maria SS. Del Rosario by the sculptor Francesco Jerace. The Main Church, dedicated to Saint Jerome, was erected in a baroque-like style. The church preserves a bronze Virgin sculpted by Michele Guerrisi, and the Varette, wooden statues representing scenes from the Passion of Jesus, the so-called Mysteries, that are carried around the city streets on Good Friday. Granite fountains standing all around the town are cool water dispensers during the hot summer weather. Many noble buildings were erected by the lords who controlled the town over the centuries. The most remarkable place in Cittanova is the Town Villa, the public park built in 1880 that houses rare plants, small lakes, fountains and paths.

The Civic Musem of Natural History stands near the Town Villa.



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