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The castle and the bastion: twin treasures of Lamezia
The Italian city possesses two major ruins: the castle and the bastion. Contrary to what its name implies, the Norman castle was built in the 9th century by the Byzantines. From the top of its hill, it towers over Nicastro, a town in Lamezia. Extend your trip with a visit to the bastion of Malta. The watchtower, dating from 1550, protected the coast from possible Ottoman invasions.
Take a tour in the museums
Two interesting museums will entice culture-thirsty travellers. At the Archaeological Museum, you can immerse yourself in the history of the city and the region, tracing all the way back to prehistoric times. In the Episcopal Palace, the Diocesan Museum displays a stunning collection of sacred art, where paintings, relics and other pieces are sure to make an impression.
The former abbey of Santa Maria di Corazzo
The abbey of Santa Maria di Corazzo is nestled close to Lamezia. Built by monks in the 11th century, it was rebuilt many times and its structure was weakened by the 1638 and 1783 earthquakes. Today, the abbey is a ruin that offers a slice of history in a very beautiful setting.
Fresh air at Parco Dossi-Comuni
About 6 km from the centre of Lamezia, Parco Dossi-Comuni spreads out over 60 hectares of unspoilt land. The park combines botanical gardens with a pine forest to wonderful effect. You will come across pine trees, of course, but also palm trees, medicinal plants, other trees and more. This oasis is the ideal place for a stroll, and the adventure course will appeal to adults and children alike.
A tour of the Lamezia region
Leave Lamezia behind for a quick trip around the rest of Calabria. Many villages and towns within a 100 km radius are well worth a visit. You will love Tropea, Stilo, Vibo Valentia and Catanzaro for their authenticity. Take a day to visit them, enjoying the historical monuments, museums, parks and restaurants along the way.
‘Nduja, a spicy sausage
A renowned product of the region is soppressata or 'Nduja', which will certainly rouse your tastebuds! This sausage is made with pork meat and Calabrian chilli pepper, the piparedduzzu. Spread on bruschetta or added to pasta sauce, Italians enjoy 'Nduja' in any way they can.
Southern Italy is proud to have its very own regional pasta recipe: Calabrian penne. These striated pasta are served with a rich tomato sauce featuring anchovies, tuna, green and black olives, and sometimes capers. You have to try this iconic dish!
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