BRIATICO

Briatico is a seaside resort renowned for the seafront promenade facing the Gulf of Lamezia Terme and the Aeolian Islands. Beaches, cliffs and bays follow one another and some of them, such as Trainiti beach and Safò Bay, Cocca cliff, San Giuseppe and Sant'Irene beaches that run along the Costa degli Dei (Coast of the Gods), are among the most splendid places in Calabria. The first evidences regarding Briatico origins dates to the year 1000 when Roger the Norman mentioned the little town of Euriatikon (today’s Briatico) in a document about the foundation of the diocese of Mileto. The town was destroyed by Saracen raids and then re-built on the hill to the right side of the Murria stream. The new settlement was called Briatikos (fortified place) because it was surrounded by imposing walls. During the feudal period, the town suffered different dominations. Briatico culinary tradition is based on local foods, such as olives and olive oil, red onions and prickly pears, local wine, fish soup, grilled swordfish and tuna fish.




 


Address Corso Margherita 129
  89817 Briatico (VV)
Phone number 0963 391013
Fax 0963 391006
Website http://www.comune.briatico.vv.it/
 

 

Briatico was originally a fishing center, but it has experienced a tourism boom in the last years. Tourists have everything at hand: holiday villages, local cuisine restaurants and fish delicacies, clean seawater, rocky coasts and sandy beaches, Moreover, the ghost hamlet of the old town stands a little far away.

Remains of ancient populations are traceable in the area, as evidenced by the Roman Necropolises and ruined thermal bath complex of the Roman Empire period. Of particular interest are the medieval hermit caves, called Grotte delle Fate (Fairy Caves), along the valley of the Murria stream. Also noteworthy are the Convent of the Dominican Fathers founded in 1498 and the small 11th century Church of Santa Maria del Franco, both destroyed by the 1783 earthquake. The Library of the Scalabrinian Study Center in Piazza Marconi is directed by the Scalabrinian Fathers and can be visited every weekday except for public holidays. The library contains about 15.000 books concerning Southern history and emigration issues. The private collection Lombardi Satriani can be visited on request in San Costantino di Briatico; it is a library containing publications about the folkloristic aspects of Calabrian people.

Briatico has a picturesque old center with a breath-taking view. Tourists can visit the remains of the ancient Castle that was once an integral part of the rural village destroyed by the 1783 earthquake. Eastwards on the seaside the rests of a tower are still visible, Torre Rocchetta, in front of which a charming beach and transparent sea lie. A ruined defense tower can also be found westwards, in Sant’Irene area, and it was once a stronghold against pirate raids and Saracen attacks.



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