Montegiordano: between the sea and the hills, a vacation back in time

Thank you once again to our fans who have told our staff about this enchanting place, characterized by enchanting landscapes, serene, relaxing and of course, historic!

Ideal for those who want to go to the sea by day, but enjoy the tranquility of the evening, Montegiordano is divided into two residential areas: the village of Marina, adjacent to the Ionian coast, with a beautiful seafront walk that’s 2 kms long and several kilometers of beach, with beach volleyball and beach soccer areas, and the old town, 650 meters from the coast and a seventeenth-century village, which offers quaint alleyways that in recent years has distinguished itself as a “paese dei Murales” (town of murals), thanks to the work of several local artists, among them, Franco La Teana. The murals retell the history of the village and its Calabrian roots, and some smaller streets have been decorated in the themes, such as the street of love.

Famous for the hospitality of its inhabitants, Montegiordano is a village taken out of time with several historic buildings: the Formichella house, of the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries in which inside you can find a water well and two stone arches; the Manera house, of the seventeenth century with an entrance constructed with megalithic blocks on which stands a type of stone skylight (under the entrance staircase is visible on the wall a water well ); the Meo house, nobile antique palace with interesting architectural details; the Blefari house with a stone and brick entrance and an atrium with a small granite staircase.

Further downstream, in Piano delle Rose, is a seventeenth-century castle erected by Pignone del Carretto, as a winter residence and hunting lodge. The castle has extensive rooms once used as stables and storage areas, built around a beautiful courtyard paved with roadbed, with a central water well.  A staircase and a large arch give access to the upper floor.

Lending testimony to the ancient origin of the town, in 1980, on top of an isolated hill in Menzinara, it was discovered a large farm dating back to 350-280 BC, with a square courtyard, where over agricultural and pastoral activities were undertaken such as the spinning and weaving of wool. The construction can be attributed to the population of Lucanians, a fact writing in Oscan is seen on some of the vases.

The excavated building had a square shape of 22 meters per side, with seven large rooms of varying size arranged around a central open courtyard, connected to the outside by means of a wide corridor. The structure is made with river stones, which make up the base of the walls; the elevation done in mud bricks; the roof made with flat and cupped roof tiles. On the western side of the courtyard the roof tiles of the eaves were decorated with lion heads. Several artefacts have been found in this area, including pithoi vases, andirons, other vases and a hoard of coins of the third century BC, now housed at the Museum of Reggio Calabria.

Montegiordano surely deserves a visit!

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