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MENDICINO

The origins of Mendicino are very ancient: Sertorio Quattromani includes Menecina, which is supposed to be present-day Mendicino among the remotest Oenotrian towns. Menecina was destroyed by the Romans along with the town of Pandosia, near the area now called san Michele. Following the destruction of the two cities, Mendicino was rebuilt on the cliff now called Timpa Limena (Micino Vecchio area). The many invasions and earthquakes soon made the life of the new town very difficult, and in the 10-11th century it was pillaged and destroyed by the Saracen army. Population spread out all around the area, while those who decided to stay settled on a small wedge-shaped rock hill, now called Castello. The settlement was called Mendicino for the third time and little by little it developed westward and the present-day urban center originated. Very few information exist about the historical evolution of the town in the following centuries. However, no remarkable event seems to have affected the political and economic development of the local community, whose population  devoted itself mainly to agriculture and craftsmanship.




 


Address Piazza Municipio
  87040 Mendicino (CS)
Phone number +39 0984 638911
Fax +39 0984 630847
Website http://www.comune.mendicino.cs.it/
 

 

Mt Cocuzzo is the highest mountain of the Paola Coastal chain. It is 1500 m high above the sea level and is one of the most beautiful places in the Province of Cosenza. The area is the destination of hikers who find themselves deep in one of the most typical natural landscapes in Calabria. The view from the mountain top is breathtaking: the Aspromonte and Mt Etna can be spotted to the south, the Aeolian Islands to the west, Orsomarso and Pollino mountains to the north and the Crati Valley and Sila mountains to the east. The path leading to the mountain top can be taken at Terreforte. It initially crosses a tall tree forest, goes through dolomite outcrops to the large karst dolina in the Scaglioni area, and it finally gets to the Small Dolomites of Mt Cocuzzo that overlooks the whole Southern mountain area.  

Radicamenti is the cultural festival promoted by the Mendicino Municipal Administration with the aim of bringing people together in different places to share artistic events. It is also a way to promote the development of the areas belonging to Cosenza Serre mountains. The Festival includes cultural meetings and artistic events that take place in several charming locations in the old town, like the majestic building named Palazzo Del Gaudio-Campagna, and, recently, in Mt Cocuzzo, the natural site that is the symbol of the area. In addition, traditional food delicacies can be tasted on that occasion. The itinerary of event locations includes the ancient Palazzo Campagna, the Silk Museum, the Duomo square, the San Giuseppe Amphitheater, the Municipio square, the Clock Tower and the alleyways of the welcoming village, that is only a few kilometers far from Cosenza. Also the Fluvial Park is frequented by family groups in the morning, and by music lovers in the Festival evenings. 

Palazzo del Gaudio, now called Palazzo Campagna, dates back to 1780 and is located in the ancient Pilacco district. It consists of tuff blocks handmade by local stonemasons and has been recently restored by the Municipal Administration.

The Clock Tower, built in 1907, stands in the ancient Castello district and overlooks the town. A staircase of 132 rock carved stairs leads to the Tower.   

The parish Church of San Nicola di Bari is located in Piazza Duomo and is characterized by a tuff block façade and a Bell Tower. In the same area, the small Church of San Sebastiano also stands.

The Church of san Pietro was built on the remains of a Dominican monastery; between December and January, it is crowded by tourists  who visit the artistic nativity scene built by local craftsmen.

The Shrine of S. Maria dell'Accoglienza has a tuff façade. It stands on the first Christian settlement dating back to the 7th-8th century A.D. and keeps a stone statue reproducing the Madonna di Schiavonea that was recently restored following the principles of modern iconography.

The newly-built Church of Cristo Salvatore is the largest and most important religious building for the local Catholic community. 

The Dynamic Museum of Silk was established in 2015. It is an industrial archeological project aiming at recovering, besides the ancient spinning mill, documents reporting customs and traditions related to silk growing that was very common in Calabria till last century.

The Dynamic Museum of Silk aims at safeguarding and promoting a traditional practice to support an ecofriendly economic activity from which the entire community can benefit.

 



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