One of the most extensive village across the Alto Jonio is located about 800 meters above sea level.
Albidona represents the right mix between sea and mountain, between renewal and tradition, between history and legend.
According to ancient sources, the jonica town was founded near the ruins of Leutarnia. The birth of Leuternia, told by Licofronte and Strabo, would have been the work of a group of refugees headed by Calcante. These fleeing from the Troy War landed along the Calabrian coast.
There are no comparative sources of evidence that can prove the accuracy of these assumptions, but the fascination of the myth remains to be flourishing on this territory. In more recent times, around 800, Albidona lived a period of great political and financial brilliance.
Saying that “this land belonged to the three C, Common, Campochiaro and Chidichimo” came coined. The latter have for many years been the strong powers of Albidona and not only.
The Campochiaro first and the Chidichimo afterwards, have been the most important and influential families of the local and regional political landscape.
They covered noble posts and administrative roles of great importance.
Albidona has a varied territory, from which it passes by the sea, although in the smallest part divides the communes of ⇒ Amendolara and ⇒ Trebisacce, passing through the hills, where the town center begins, up to the mountains, with an important mountain range to make from frame.
From here the great variety of landscapes, the ideal habitat for those who love nature and do not want to be stuck. It flows from the clear waters of the jonio to the fresh mountain peaks of the Mostarico in less than 20 kilometers.
A small but very suggestive village to visit.
Our journey to the discovery of Albidona begins a few steps from the sea. Here we find the Tower of the same name, built in the sixteenth century as a sighting spot and the first defensive outpost against the Saracen invasions from the sea.
We continue passing through the alleys of Albidona. In them we find an important ecclesiastical presence represented by numerous churches and chapels, of different epochs and each with different characteristics. Among them is the Main Church of St Michele Arcangelo, of seventeenth-century origin located in the highest part of the country.
In the valley, Cáfaro in Aramaic, immersed in the nature rises the ⇒ Church of Santa Maria del Cafaro. Built by Basilian monks around the year 1000.
We end our journey with a greeted walk on the top of Monte Mostarico, a not very high summit that allows panoramic views across the Piana of Sibari to the Gulf of Corigliano.
On top of it is the remains of a small square-shaped tower called “torre pitagna”, also built to detect any enemy incursions and defend the territory.
Certainly from here the view is optimal and the scenery is breathtaking … a trip not to be missed!