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    A fraction of Isola di Capo Rizzuto

    Le Castella

    It is located on the Ionian coast of Calabria, 10 km from Isola di Capo Rizzuto and overlooks the bay with the ancient Aragonese fortress.

    Le Castella is a small town in the province of Crotone located in the heart of the “Capo Rizzuto” Marine Protected Area that offers a journey through history, legend, myth and archeology.

    The origin of the name and the history of this place are linked to its castle, built on an islet that dominates the small town center and is a symbol of the most important events of the past and the present. The fortress, built in the 15th century, never housed the nobility of the place, but served as a refuge for the soldiers who faced the attacks of the invaders coming from the sea.

    The current fortress rests on foundations dating from the time of Magna Grecia (400 BC), used over the time also by the Romans and which was the refuge of Anibal, already in retreat. Even today it is possible to perceive the different construction phases superimposed on each other at different times, as normans, swabians, byzantines, angevins and aragonese built powerful castle defenses on the original freek walls, modeled on the historical stage. The fortress was continuously attacked by the turks and remained populated until the beginning of the 19th century, when the population moved inland, leaving behind a small town of sailors, the current tourist center.

    The aragonese fortress, almost completely restored, is characterized by the existence of some rooms (the video room, the photo room and the Phrurion room), an old town with the remains of a small church and a chapel; the panoramic bastions; and the tower, which dates from the 13th century and is the highest point of the fortress.