Le Castella: a pearl in the turquoise waters of the Ionian Sea

ITALIAN GEMS

Several of my Calabrian friends had told me about Le Castella, south of Crotone, long before I came to visit. I had looked at pictures of the castle here on its peninsula jutting out into the blue seas, an enticing sight that drew me to this place. But the photos did not compare to actually seeing it in reality for the first time: the combination of the castle, the wild flowers and plants on the coastline, and the waves of the turquoise waters of the Ionian Sea lapping against the rocks made me see a truly magical side to the world.

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Le Castella’s history stretches back to ancient times, and is connected to several myths and legends. Its name, meaning “castles” in the plural sense, has interested historians and writers for centuries.

In the 12th century it was noted in the plural form in the Book of Roger, a…

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