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History & culture

 

In the ancient world, Capo Vaticano in the south of Italy was part of the “Magna Graeca” and well-known as a sacred place throughout the area influenced by the Greeks. Many priests and fortune tellers lived there and explored the future.

 

History & culture

 

In the ancient world, Capo Vaticano in the south of Italy was part of the “Magna Graeca” and well-known as a sacred place throughout the area influenced by the Greeks. Many priests and fortune tellers lived there and explored the future.

Even Hercules, Aeneas and Odysseus, the legendary mariners, are said to have stopped there to ask the seers for advice before challenging the terrible sea monsters in the Strait of Messina. Hence the explanation of the name “Capo Vaticano”- “vaticinio” being the “site of prophecy”.

n the course of history, many civilisations left their traces at the Capo. Numerous excavations bear witness to the presence of the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantinians, Normans, Saracens, Anjou, Aragonese and Frenchmen. Archaeological findings from those times are to be found at Vibo Valentia, Reggio Calabria and Nicotera.

During the Byzantine rule, since about the 8th century, the religion of the eastern church spread even to Calabria. Monks brought along icons and relics, among others, and – the reverence of the eastern saints. As protection from pirates, Don Pedro di Toledo, viceroy of Naples, had hundreds of watch towers built along the coast in the 16th century. Some of them can still be seen on Capo Vaticano – e.g. Torre Ruffa, Torre Marrana or Torre Bali.

Quite a number of the preserved churches still in use today are of medieval origin. An Augustinian monastery dedicated to the saints Filippo and Giacomo and located between Brivadi and Orsigliadi also dates from the 16th century.

Since the early Middle Ages, Tropea (Calabria) had been an important noblemen’s residence and bishop’s see as well as the intellectual centre of the area. This is documented by more than 50 palaces of the nobility with their impressive doorways and courtyards, the Norman dome and quite a number of other churches, chapels and monasteries.

 


Some traditional events at Tropea, Ricadi, Parghelia

Tropea 

March: Day of the Madonna di Romania

Easter Sunday: L’affuntata (Statues of Jesus and the Madonna are carried in procession)

3.5.: Day of the Three Crosses (I tri cruci)

1st part of May: Sagra del Cammello (Presentation of the march of camels through Tropea after the victory over the Saracens)

End of July: Day of the Cipolla Rossa di Tropea at Largo Galluppi

15.8.: Day of the Madonna dell’Isola

Ricadi 

13.6.: Day of San Antonio of Padua

Mid August: Day of the Cipolla Rossa di Tropea

15.8.: Day of the Madonna delle Grazie

5.11.: Day of San Zaccaria

6.12.: Day of San Nicola di Bari

Parghelia 

1st part of August: Sagra del pesce azzurro

Mid August: Zeppola Day (pastry)

End of September: Chestnut Day

Other places

Whit Monday: Day of San Bruno (Serra San Bruno)

Mid August: Zeppola Day with bagpipe player (Zampognari) (Vibo Valentia)

 

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