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Santa Severina

Located between the Ionian and the Sila, Santa Severina is an ancient medieval village. Ruled in ancient times by the Normans and later by the Swabians, today it is possible to visit the majestic Castle, built by Frederick II, which houses the Archaeological Museum.
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About the village

The territory of Santa Severina during the Bronze and Iron Age, was inhabited by indigenous peoples belonging perhaps to the strain of Enotri. Anciently note perhaps as Siberene, after being presumably a Greek village-Italico and then Roman, until 1076 it belonged to the Byzantines. It was later ruled by the Normans and Swabians. In fact, on the basis of the Statutum de reparatione castrorum, Federico II conducted an investigation in 1228 to identify the institutions, bodies or persons who were obliged to contribute to the repair of the Castle of Santa Severina. The construction of the castle dates back to the era of the Norman domination (XI century) on a pre-existing fortification of the Byzantine era. The Byzantine construction is known as "oppidum beatae Severinae". In the Swabian era, the castellan of Santa Severina was called Johannes de Ladda. Of notable interest are the remains of a Byzantine church (with frescoed walls) and of a necropolis of the same historical period. In the castle is the seat of the Archaeological Museum and can be visited some archaeological areas (caves, necropolis, Byzantine church, Foundation Norman tower etc.). The baptistery is the only received to our days still substantially intact. The architecture of this jewel derives from the buildings with a central plan that find reference in the Mausoleo di Santa Costanza in Rome. The Byzantine baptistery has, in fact, a circular shape with four tabs, with frescoes dating back to the X-XII century the cathedral has a plant in the form of a latin cross with three naves. Dating back to the XIII century, it too has undergone various changes in the course of its history, much is that of the ancient structure remained only the portal, but the most substantial was that of the XVII century. After the 1100 rose in the hamlet of Altilia the Marian shrine of reference for the whole of Calabria. Originally supported by the Normans, was placed under the direct protection of the Emperor Frederick II of Swabia.

Village of Santa Severina
Municipality of Santa Severina

Province of Crotone
Calabria region

Population: 2,131
Altitude Center: 326 m s.l.m.

The Municipality is part of:
I Borghi più belli d'Italia

Municipality of Severina
Piazza Campo - 88832 Santa Severina
phone +39 0962 51062



  • Coming from the A3 Salerno - Reggio Calabria motorway: From the north, take the Cosenza Nord exit and take the SS 107 Cosenza / Crotone. Continue to the Santa Severina exit (immediately after Belvedere Spinello). From the south, take the Catanzaro exit and take the SS 280 to Catanzaro Lido. Take the SS 106 to Catanzaro Lido and continue to the Steccato crossroads. Take the SS for Cutro to the Lenze junction and turn left onto the SS 109 to the Bivio Manile (San Mauro Marchesato). At the Manile crossroads, turn left for Santa Severina.
  • Coming from the SS 106 Ionica: From the north, when you reach the Bivio Passovecchio, take the SS 107 Cosenza/Crotone and continue to the Santa Severina exit (immediately after Rocca di Neto). From the south, take the exit for Bivio Steccato along the state road for Cutro and continue until the Bivio Lenze. Turn left and take the SS 109 up to the Bivio Manile (San Mauro Marchesato) and then turn left to reach Santa Severina.


  • Crotone railway station


  • Crotone Airport - S. Anna
  • Lamezia Terme airport

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