Badolato (CZ)

The village of angels

The history of Badolato deserves to be told. Risen to the headlines in the '70s for an article that painted it as a "land for sale", Badolato became famous in the' 90s thanks to a policy of welcoming and recovery of historic buildings which today gather the results.
Today Badolato is a popular destination for foreigners from northern Europe, who have decided to take their home in the village and use it as a “buen retiro” for their holidays.
Badolato has become a country hotel, to offer visitors the true experience of Calabria.
In recent years Badolato has also become a "country-hotel", thanks to several tourist entrepreneurs who have decided to work in the network to provide visitors the'experience of Calabria “more real”, which is not only holidays but also transmission of emotions and styles of life. The heart of this reality is kept in the historic center and extends to the coast with active services to the small tourist port, "The Bocche of Gallipari" .
Welcome as a lifestyle

The theme of 'welcome is always in the focus of speeches on Badolato, to the point that the great German director Wim Wenders decided to make in these places part of his film in 3D "Flight", based on a story of integration between people of different origin that in Badolato has found the right dimension.

The village

Badolato is a charming medieval village characterized by a Byzantine structure with numerous churches arranged in the shape of a Latin cross and many characteristic alleys.Located in a strategic position of the Calabrian territory, offering visitors the chance to enjoy in all dimensions of magnificent nature surroundings, between the sea, hills, mountains and lake.

The Via Crucis

A special mention deserve the evocative religious ceremonies that prepare the advent of Easter: millennia of popular history, religiosity and traditions concentrated in a few hours.On the Holy Saturday the preparations for the 'long-awaited revival of the Via Crucis through the entire village, thanks to the involvement of more than 200 dressed up people spread among the narrow streets and squares.

To see with eyes, soul and heart.

Wine & Food

Not to be missed the gastronomic experience in the characteristic “catoj”, old restored wine cellars where you can taste typical local dishes at zero kilometer seasonal products.



Address Corso Umberto I, 192
  88060 Badolato (CZ)
Phone number 0967-85000
Fax 0967- 85060


Traditional tourism characterizes Badolato Marina that hosts a great number of visitors.

Badolato has been awarded the title of Borgo Autentico 2011 (Authentic village 2011). Badolato foundation goes back to the 10th century when Robert Guiscard duke of Calabria in 1080 decided to build a pacific village where some huts inhabited by poor shepherds already existed. Since the beginning, the village was well protected, as shown by the 12th century surrounding walls and the castle. The castle with its tower was a lookout for Saracen or Turkish incursions that troubled Calabria population during the Late Middle Age. Badolato became with time a notable religious center because Basilian, Franciscan and Dominican monks used to gather there, and created several confraternities that still operate and take care of the wonderful churches and monasteries built in the past centuries.

Badolato is the town of Churches because thirteen churches can be visited; they are located as to protect the town on all four sides. The wonderful Church of Immacolata rises up beyond the Eastern town gateway on a small hill and from there a delightful view of the entire coast from Capo Colonna to Punta Stilo can be enjoyed. Construction was initiated in 1686; the granite main door was the work of stonemasons from Serra San Bruno. Two columns on a pedestal support the architrave with a recess reporting the years of foundation (1686) and restoration (1859). Inside the church, the plastered ceiling was decorated by artists from Serra San Bruno. The barrel vault is divided in three frames. The Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli is situated on a small hill in front of the town (Petta degli Angeli). Inside the church there is a 18th century wooden crucifix and a rich hanging pulpit of the same period that were preserved by the group of people living there who restored them. The Church of Santa Maria della Sanità is an ancient Medieval Basilian center of the 10th century located three kilometers far from the village. The church once retained a statue group. The building presents a picturesque arcade portico covered with wooden beams. The Church of Badolato Marina is at the town center and includes the rectory and the parish complex in a single building.

Badolato Marina has a marina called Le Bocche di Gallipari.