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History & culture at Capo Vaticano

 

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 at Capo Vaticano

 

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.

Rich in history - Capo Vaticano

Even Hercules, Aeneas and Odysseus, the legendary mariners, are said to have stopped there, at Capo Vaticano, to ask the seers for advice before challenging the terrible sea monsters in the Strait of Messina. This explains the name "Capo Vaticano" - "vaticinio" means "prophecy".

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

Calabria - an old cultural landscape with lots of tradition

During Byzantine rule, as of about the 8th century, the religion of the Eastern Church spread even to Calabria. Monks brought along, amongst others, icons and relics and – the veneration of the eastern saints.

As a means of protection from pirates, Don Pedro di Toledo, Viceroy of Naples, had hundreds of watchtowers built along the coast in the 16th century. Some are still found at Capo Vaticano, too – e.g. Torre Ruffa, Torre Marrana and Torre Bali.

Quite a number of churches of medieval origin have 'survived', are still 'in use' today. 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 had been an important noblemen’s residence and bishop’s see as well as the intellectual center of the area, which more than 50 palaces of the nobility with impressive doorways and courtyards, the Norman cathedral and quite a number of other churches, chapels and monasteries bear witness to.

 


Selected 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: Cipolla Rossa di Tropea festival at Largo Galluppi

15.8.: Day of the Madonna dell’Isola

Ricadi 

13.6.: Day of San Antonio of Padua

Mid August: Cipolla Rossa di Tropea festival

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 festival (pastry)

End of September: Chestnut festival

Other places

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

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

 

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