The village of Cerenzia, in Calabria, situated a short distance from the ancient Acherontia.
 
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Cerenzia

The ancient Acherontia
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Village of Cerenzia
Municipality of Cerenzia

Province of Crotone
Calabria Region

Population: 1.147 
Altitude centre: 664 m s.l.m.

the Municipality is part of:
Città dell'olio

Municipality of Cerenzia
Piazza Municipio 16 - Cerenzia (KR)
Tel. +39 0984 995035

Pro Loco Cerenzia
Tel. +39 320 4042977

The current inhabited center of Cerenzia rose in the second half of the nineteenth century, when the cerentinesi moved to malaria more to the west with respect to the old fortress, Akerentia (also called Acheronthia or Acerenthia), a time seat of the diocese, with a clear reference to the river Acheron (or Akeronte), the ancient name of the injured, that runs at the foot of the cliff.

When many countries of the district were simple "Casali" Acerenthia, was an important and glorious Byzantine city. On the plateau where once stood the ancient center, are still evident traces of a substantial conurbation, among which, in particular, a sacred building largely conserved and, in an eminent position, the bodied remains of a structure more elaborate identified as the Bishopric.

Acerenthia, Acherontia or Geruntia. On his behalf and on its origins legend and history are confused, giving it a particular charm of mystery. Founded according to some by Enotri, according to others by the mythical Philoctetes, the city was surrounded by high walls natural and dominated, as well as still dominates the valley of the river injured, a time maybe named Acheron, from which it derives the etymology.

Continuous yielding of the masonry structures, difficulties in the supply of drinking water, malaria and earthquakes, forced the inhabitants to a progressive exodus, that around the middle of 1800 culminated with the definitive abandonment and the transfer in the current site. Despite the abandonment, the ratio of the inhabitants with their ancient city has never been interrupted. The visit to the ruins of the dead city is an ongoing pilgrimage, that on the occasion of the feast of the Ecce Homo, becomes a real procession around the village.

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Other destinations nearby

Caccuri
Caccuri
The village of Caccuri is located in Calabria, on the Presila Crotonese.
Crotone - 2.02 KM from Cerenzia
San Giovanni in Fiore
San Giovanni in Fiore
Much of the area of San Giovanni in Fiore is part of the Sila National Park.
Cosenza - 7.53 KM from Cerenzia
Santa Severina
Santa Severina
Anciently note perhaps as Siberene, the village of Santa Severina until 1076 it belonged to the Byzantines.
Crotone - 15.67 KM from Cerenzia
Melissa
Melissa
The village of Melissa rises on a rocky ridge between the Ionian Sea and the eastern slope of the Sila Grande, in Calabria.
Crotone - 21.78 KM from Cerenzia
Camigliatello Silano
Camigliatello Silano
Camigliatello Silano, located in the Sila National Park, is the most famous tourist resort in Calabria.
Cosenza - 30.9 KM from Cerenzia
Isola di Capo Rizzuto
Isola di Capo Rizzuto
Capo Rizzuto is located on Jonico side of Calabria.
Crotone - 41.64 KM from Cerenzia

NOTE: distances are set as the crow flies.

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