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Pro Loco of Caulonia

  Guido Laganà

  Rinaldo D'Aquino

  Map of Caulonia
  How to reach Caulonia

  History of Caulonia
   by Antonio Nicaso

  San Leo
  SS. Rosario
  The byzantine church
  S. Maria dei Minniti
  The byzantine fresco 
  Madonna of Crochi

 Monuments and buildings
The Camillari tower
  The norman castle
  Via Vincenzo Niutta
  The hermitage of ...

  The Allaro river
  The citrus fruit horchards
  The sea

 On the tracks of tradition
  The Caracolo

The Norman castle
(Centre of Caulonia)

The castle, which according to some, gave its name to the town and whose founder is unknown, was the residence of Malgeri d’Altavilla. Built in Norman style, it was subsequently lived in by the Carafa family. Following the transfer to Naples of the last Marquis Carlo Maria Carafa, the ancient fortress became the premises of the ruler of the time until the earthquake which shook Calabria in 1783 reduced it to terrible condition. “The castle had an irregular external layout, partly surrounded by a hand dug moat, fortified with a scarp and a counter-scarp, surrounded by large towers and, in the front quarters, strengthened by stone barriers and iron gates”. It also had soldiers and artillery men who were able to resist even well organised enemies. The castle was separated from the square by a hand dug trench: the connection was made using a draw bridge. The castle, a real fortress with moats, draw bridges, its curtains and ramparts and its parade ground, had spacious courtyards and rear courtyards, a decorative church, many rooms permitting the soldiers and servants to live comfortably and huge store rooms for the conservation of food supplies.
In April 1842, the ruins of the castle seemed to belong to a certain Ilariantonio Taranto who, after having filled up the moat and fixed the drawbridge, installed a silk spinning machine, which did not last long. In 1897 the ruins of the castle, passed on to new owners (the Gallo family), then to the Scalisi family and so on until the D’Amato family, who today, still live in the shade of the Norman fortress.


The ruins of the Norman castle

Via Vincenzo Niutta
(a street)

Via Vincenzo Niutta

The main road of the centre of Caulonia has been called after Vincenzo Niutta, famous magistrate, penniless minister in Cavour’s cabinet (1860) and senator of the kingdom (1861). He was born in Castelvetere in 1802 and he died at the age of 65 after having given lustre, honour and pride to all his co-citizens.




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