The Area of Fallistro is one of the most famous spots of the Sila Grande. It has a surface area of 6.5150 hectares, closed in a perimeter of 1,2 km. Fallistro forest stands between 1398 and 1418 meters above sea level.
The Giganti di Fallistro area is characterized by a vegetation where century pine larch trees dominate over willow trees, beach trees and oak trees. The most relevant studies conducted over this area estimate that the origin of this forest could date back to the years 1620-1650, when the owner of the property decided to build homes for a summer resort and also build a spinning mill. Therefore the property of the Fallistro area decided to adorn and protect the homes by planting lanes of oak trees and implanting pine trees throughout the territory in order to erect shelter as soon as the vegetation of the forest would allow it.
Nice mountain city
Camigliatello Silano is a small mountain city which hosts several touristic structures such as hotels, sky tracks and small markets. It is the perfect spot to organize trips to the internal areas of the Sila. Thanks to its strategic location Camigliatello Silano is not far from the two coasts of Calabria and is a perfect place to organize holidays that combine both sea-sight and mountain day trips. Camgliatello Silano’s strong touristic point is the gastronomy.
It hosts a precious gift from Frederick II to the city
Cosenza’s ‘Museo Diocesano’ hosts a huge amount of religious elements collected by the church in the surroundings of the city of Cosenza. It has been opened in 2013 and stands just next to the Duomo, the cathedral of Cosenza.
Amongst the objects exposed in the Museo Diocesano there are a polypytch representing the ‘Annunciation’ (XVI century), the ‘Torquemada Chalice’ elaborated according the canons of Spanish religious art and the ‘Stauroteca’, a reliquary given by Frederick II the Emperor to the city of Cosenza.
A walk through the masterpieces
Corso Mazzini is the main street of Cosenza. It is a huge car-free boulevard in which the visitors can feel the exciting mix of street activities (shops, food sellers, people chatting) and arts.
This is possible thanks to the MAB, an open-air museum which hosts various masterpieces of great artists like Dalì, De Chirico and Modigliani amongst the others.
This is the list of the sculptures belonging to the MAB:
Cosenza National Gallery
The building known as Palazzo Arnone has been built during the XVI century according to the will of an important local family. During the last centuries is has been destined to different public services (it has been a Court, an Archive and a Prison).
Nowadays in Palazzo Arnone is located the local National Museum and the government’s Arts office.
The collection hosted in Palazzo Arnone is very important for those who want to have a proper experience into the southern Italian painting; great works from artists like Pietro Negroni, Mattia Preti and Umberto Boccioni are making this place one of the most important museum of southern Italy.
A place of culture, peace and beauty
The city theatre, named after Alfonso Rendano, is something that really represent the vivid cultural activity of the city of Cosenza. It has been built during the XIX century but inaugurate only in 1909.
During the II world war it has been almost completely destroyed and then rebuilt and given to the city in 1960. During the reconstruction people in charge wanted to respect its original project with the result than now Cosenza has a marvelous neo-classical theatre in which the interiors are totally covered in red velvet.
Majestic 19th-century building
The building the hosts the headquarters of the ‘Provincia’, the local government, has been built during the XIX century and is a good example of civilian southern Italian architecture.
The ‘Palazzo della Provincia’ lies on the eastern side of XV Marzo square and is, with the theatre, one of the elements of the frame that surrounds the statue of B. Telesio, one of the most important Italian philosophers.
Once inside the building we suggest to visit the cloister and the ‘Sala degli Specchi (the hall of mirrors).
A diamond in the casket of the Old Town
Duomo is the Italian word that defines the main church of a city, its cathedral.
The Duomo of Cosenza is, since 2011, cultural heritage of UNESCO. According to the investigations Cosenza’s cathedral has been built during the XI century; this original building went destroyed because of an earthquake in 1184. The reconstruction took few years and only in 1222 Frederick II, the Holy Roman Emperor, could celebrate its opening. This fact is very important because underlines the deep relationship between the Emperor and the city of Cosenza.
The façade is divided in three parts and three is the number of the internal naves. The painting of Madonna del Pilerio which lies in one of the chapels is a tremendous example of the Byzantine style that was echoing from near Sicily.
Cosenza’s Duomo host one of the first expressions of French Gothic style in Italy: Isabel of Aragona’s funeral monument.
One of Federico II's favorite places
The Castle of Cosenza lies of the hill called Pancrazio, it has a perfect view over the valley in which Cosenza lies.
Even if this place has been always chose as defensive stronghold, since the Brettii era (local population contemporary of the Romans) and getting to the Normand era under Roger II, Cosenza’s castle will always be linked to Frederik II, the Emperor.
Point of interest
Religious buildings, Museum