A journey in time from prehistory to today.
Amendolara, the country of almonds, the fruit from which this land is named after the millennial charm. The municipality of the Ionian Sea with an area of about 64 km² and a population of about 3000 inhabitants. Amendolara is one of Calabria’s most popular resorts, awarded in 2011 and 2012 of the Blue Flag.
The city is situated on a series of degrading plains to the sea. Its territorial extension extends in the hinterland to the foot of the mountains of Castroregio and Oriolo. The village is traditionally divided between the “Country”, where it is enclosed almost all the historic and artistic heritage of the town and the “Marina”, where the economic life of the country is concentrated, thanks to a growing urban and commercial development.
Amendolara is rooted in a perfect blend of history and legend. Following the discovery of numerous archaeological finds, it is in the Neolithic period (6000-4000 BC) which is dated to the birth of Amendolara.
The finding in “Rione Vecchio” resort of the remains of a settlement of an enotrian community confirms the stable presence on man’s territory since the prehistoric age. With the birth of the ancient Sybaris by the hand of the Achaeans, the living nucleus settled in the Proto-Roman site of the Old Ward, in the VII sec. B.C. He took home in the sunny and wide plateau of S.Nicola.
Here is the Magna-Greek city of Lagaria, the legendary Epeo poleys, the famous Trojan horse builder.
According to the legend, following the destruction of the city of Priamo, Epeo, under the rests of a terrible storm near the coast, invoked the Goddess Athena with the promise to erect a city devoted to it at the point where it would have arrived healthy and safe. The landing took place on the Amalfi Coast, which took the name of Lagaria.
Along the banks of the Ionian is the Tower of Capo Spulico, better known as the “Split Tower”. It is a guard tower erected in the sixteenth century to defend itself against the invasion of naval fleets.
In the waters of the Ionian Sea that bathe Amendolara, legend wants to be submerged on the island of Ogigia sung by Omero, Ulisse landing on his return journey to Ithaca. That stretch of sea, in fact, hides an insidious Secca, the Bank of Amendolara, about 12 miles from the coast.
Ulisse was detained on that navel of the world for seven years, since he was in love with the nymph Calipso.
Walking in the “Old Country”, the historic center of the village, you can visit the Main Church dedicated to Santa Margherita. Despite numerous renovations over the years, it still has considerable traces of the medieval period, especially in the entrance portal. Another place of worship to visit is the church of Santa Maria, with dome and apse from the Byzantine period. In the dominant position of the whole territory stands the Castle, the work of Frederick II of Swabia. From the original structure, as a result of continuous refinements, today little remains.
It is said that the Emperor made it habitual for his hunting sticks. These were carried out in the woods of Straface and Falconara.
Among the streets of the village are the numerous manor houses, including Palazzo Blefari, Palazzo Pucci, the Palazziata, Palazzo Andreassi, Palazzo Grisolia.
Historical center that is experiencing a phase of metamorphosis, with a return to the past that aims to enhance the ancient beauty of the ancient village.
In the upper part of the village is the Convent of the Dominicans, built in 1492 and converted into a palace fortress after the middle of the 18th century and recently subject to important restoration work.