the past few years, two tourist guides of Caulonia have been
published: the first by Rinaldo D’Aquino and Massimo Nicaso,
the second by Ilario Camerieri. Between 1987-1988 the local
government of Caulonia, whose mayor then was Pasquale Montagna,
was on the verge of publishing their own guide, however nothing
came of it.
Ten years on, this guide has been revised and is what we are
about to present. Therefor, this guide has not been improvised
but is the result of serious and profound research. Other than
containing some beautiful pictures of our town, the guide represents
a precious source of historical information regarding Caulonia.
The historical information is the result of research conducted
by largely known and respected scholars.
The Calabrian surveyor of the archaeological superintendency,
Dr. Maria Teresa Jannelli, portrayed the period from the prehistoric
and protohistoric era to the Greek and Roman ages clearly and
synthetically. It has the quality of a story which describes
the ancient happenings of the Locride area. The history of Castelvetere,
which spans from Byzantine times (if not earlier) up until the
year 1863 has been set out by Professor Mario Pellicano Castagna
historian and archivist for the Feudal ages in southern Italy
and Calabria in particular.
Pellicano Castagna carries us through the Middle Ages with dry
and succinct words, his narration of the facts is gripping.
The reader “feels he is reading the pages by a man with considerable
cultural depths as well as having a deep knowledge of the facts”.
Professor Gustavo Cannizzaro talks about the period from 1863,
when our town changed its name back to the ancient Kaulon and
modifying it to become Caulonia, up until today. The pages in
which one notices the professor’s refined taste are those regarding
art history in which he is a specialist. Our guide is a useful
instrument for who wants to visit our territory and taste and
appreciate the testimonials from past civilisations. Those who
read the guide before having visited Caulonia will be compelled
to make the journey; those who make the journey book-in-hand
will have beautiful memories of the places, the walls and the
ancient stones which tell the story of ancient civilisations.
By visiting Caulonia one not only has the opportunity to bask
in the beauty of its churches, its monuments, its alleys and
its squares but also in all the natural beauties, so abundantly
present, which frame the town and enrich the territory. What
we offer is an overall vision of our history which gives food
for thought and a thousand peculiarities. It is only a guide
but I feel I’m not far off the mark in saying that it is more,
it is the push which encourages the young people to deepen their
knowledge of our territory and our history.
is a historic centre of great beauty and this guide will help
us know and love it better. The municipal administration would
like to thank all those who helped carry out this project. Unfortunately,
many memories of this place which was the capital of its tiny
State over the centuries, are lost forever. Partly because of
earthquakes, which have ravaged the land for many centuries,
and partly because of floods and continual hydro-geological
instability, which destroyed the splendid rural views. Man also
contributed to the destruction through carelessness. Only in
the last few decades have we begun to appreciate the value of
our memories. The care and meticulousness which has been used
by all in the creation of this guide is hopefully a good sign:
perhaps, under the ashes there is something new and positive.
The municipal administration is proud to present this book which
began as a simple gift to our town and resulted in an initiative
with its own cultural weight.
1997 - Mayor of Caulonia