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Called the "village of weddings", as spouses from all over Italy and from abroad decide to celebrate the happy event here, for the beauty of these places. A territory rich in rivers and hills, with traces of the past waiting to be discovered.
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A look at Altomonte
A look at Altomonte

About the village

The village of Altomonte, rich in rivers and hilly landscapes, is located in Calabria. There are abundant olive groves and native vineyards producing the balbini wines, already decanced by Pliny the Elder. The village was first called Brahall, then Bragalla, Antifluvius until 1343 and finally Altomonte, when the county passed to the Sangineto and then to Sanseverino, the principals of Bisignano bound to the Ruffo of Calabria. The story has left important signs to be discovered in an itinerary that goes from the modern open air theater (now home to many international events), to medieval alleys, to the church of Santa Maria della Consolazione, a rare example of Gothic-Angolan art, and the Civic Museum, located in the former Convent of the Dominicans. With the Monastic Complex and the presence of Dominicans, wanted by Countess Cobella Ruffo in the 15th century, the town became a center of culture; hosted the philosopher Thomas Campanella, who here thought of the "City of the Sun", and novelist Matteo Bandello. A few steps from the convent, we find the Norman Castle (11th century) and the Pallotta Tower (XIth century), a square-based fortress now home to the Azzinari Museum. Finally, you reach the church of St. James the Apostle, of probable Byzantine origin. In the lower part of the village, we find the Monastery Complex of San Francesco di Paola (circa 1635), which now houses the Municipal Headquarters, considered one of the most beautiful municipi of Italy.

Altomonte, with over 300 ceremonies a year, is defined as the hamlet of weddings, as weddings from all over Italy and abroad decide to celebrate here the happy event for the beauty of these places. Among the streets and alleys of the village you can find typical products and local craftsmanship: from wine to craft products in clay, wood, wicker etc. Remarkable are the curious wooden postcards, the old embroidery, the refined liqueurs, sweets and typical products, including the Bread of Altomonte, for which the village has become a symbol of typical Calabrian cuisine.

Village of Altomonte
Municipality of Altomonte

Province of Cosenza
Calabria Region

Population: 4.443 altomontesi
Altitude Centre: 455 m s.l.m.

the Municipality is part of:
I Borghi più belli d'Italia
Città del pane
Città slow

Municipality
Largo della Solidarietà 1 - Tel. 0981-948041

= distances as the crow flies

BY CAR

  • Reachable from the A3 Salerno - Reggio Calabria motorway thanks to the junction of the same name. Going up from the coasts you take the Statali 106 and junction 534 (from Sibari) from the Ionian and the Statali 105 (from Belvedere M.mo) and the Statale 283 (from Guardia Piemontese) from the Tyrrhenian Sea.

ON THE TRAIN

  • Spezzano Albanese Terme Railway Station
  • San Marco Argentano railway station
  • Sibari railway station

BY BUS

  • Altomonte is connected with numerous daily bus rides with Cosenza, Castrovillari, Paola, Catanzaro, Spezzano Albanese, Lungro, Roggiano Gravina etc. It is easily accessible from Turin, Milan, Venice, Bologna, Modena, Florence, Perugia, Rome, Naples, Salerno, Taranto and Bari, with stops in Castrovillari or Spezzano Albanese Scalo.

BY PLANE

  • Lametia Terme airport

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Events

wednesday
10
august, 2022

White Night

sunday
2
april, 2023

San Francesco di Paola

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