Belcastro has ancient and uncertain origins. It was proposed as the birthplace of Saint Thomas Aquinas. The ruined 14th century ancient castle of the Counts of Aquino dominates the village and its enchanting old center. Belcastro settlement has the peculiarities of a Medieval feud and is situated on a woody spur at the foot of the castle; typical narrow streets alternate with newly built areas. The spur is crowned by the Norman-style castle that belonged to the counts of Aquino and that some propose as the birthplace of Saint Thomas Aquinas. The village is surrounded by olive groves giving fruit which is made into top quality olive oil. Belcastro lies on the south-eastern slopes of the Sila Piccola towards the Ionian coast, and you can go to the seaside or the mountains in a few minutes. In a half an hour by car you can reach famous seaside resorts like Capo Rizzuto and Le Castella, in Crotone Province, and Catanzaro Lido, Copanello Soverato and the Archaeological Park of Scolacium on the other side. It takes you the same time to go to Sila Piccola mountains. The valley of Nasari, a tributary of the Crocchio river, lies on the left side of the village: it is the most fascinating and uncontaminated natural site of the area.