STILO - CALABRIA - SOUTH ITALY
Stilo, whose name derives from the Greek "stylos-colonna", is one of the
most important centres of Calabria for its architectural monuments that,
as the actual town itself, date back to the Byzantine era. The most
significant of these monuments is the Byzantine church "Cattolica" from
the 7th or 10th century. The architectural
structure of these monuments are similar to the type of expression found
on memorials in Armenia and Georgia. Another famous is the Basiliano
Monastery whose ruins are found
on a height above the town.
From Stilo you can go visit Calabrian
sites and towns like Gerace that lies close by, that apart from being the
home town where the "Greco di Gerace" D.O.C. white wine is produced, has a
rich patrimony of the Byzantine churches and houses the biggest Cathedral
of Calabria and the magnificent castle of "Roberto
il Guiscardo" that offers a beautiful panorama from its
Another close by town of Stilo's is Locri, which dates back thousands of years.
It was the first city, in the whole world to have written legislation.
The city has seen moments of great splendour, affronting the city
of Crotone, fighting the Bruzi, the Romans, and the Carthaginians.
At a point in time it was conquered by Scipio, which caused the decline
of the Magno-Greca civilisation.
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