A place where legend and history blend in the night of the times.
We are in Francavilla Marittima, a village of about 2900 inhabitants, whose origins are ancient, dating back to the 8th century. B.C.
At Timpone della Motta there is one of the most important archaeological sites of the Ionian Ionian and beyond.
Archaeological finds indicate that the indigenous population of the place has merged with that of the Achaeans, founders of Sibari.
Some researchers argue that the remains found are of old Lagaria. This, according to the historical Strabone, was founded by Epeo, a builder of Troy’s horse.
The Sanctuary of Timpone della Motta, therefore, is undoubtedly one of the most important places in the Calabrian territory of the Pollino National Park.
The archaic temple rediscovered in these places is the first example of indigenous cult place. Studies have claimed that this place was also frequented by the Greeks when it was headed to the goddess Athena. All this is evidenced by the discovery of a bronze lamina devoted to the Goddess of Justice, such a leombrotos, who poured Athena the tithing of his victory.
Another place of archaeological interest is the necropolis of Machiavelli, where very rich tombstones were found. You can see archaeological finds by visiting the National Museum of Sibaritide.
According to the historians it was founded by the Sanseverino feudalists, princes of Bisignano, around the sixteenth century. Subsequently, the feud passed into the hands of the Serra family, Duchi di Cassano, who held it in their power until the beginning of the eighteenth century.
In 1805, the miraculous appearance of the Madonna of the Sick.
That is was able to unify in devotion all the people of Francavilla Marittima. The Sanctuary “beata Vergine degli Infermi” rises on the ancient gentle chapel of the Duke of Serra di Cassano. The latter was sold in the eighteenth century to the Apolito, which in 1806 completely rebuilt the building, dedicating it to the Blessed Virgin of the Sick.
Strong on a predominantly flat territory, Francavilla Marittima became a purely agricultural area.
His name was Villafranca, which is a tributary city. In 1863 it took its present name and in 1911 it became Town Hall. Agricultural tradition Francavilla Marittima is still deeply tied today. To prove this, they are also the goods kept in the Museum of Farming.
Finally, you can not miss the medieval old town center, which contains in its heart one of the most important monuments from an environmental point of view, the old fountain built in 1793, and the various gentle buildings, such as Palazzo Rovito and Palazzo Apolito , And stop in the quaint restaurants and farmhouses where you can taste the typical dishes of this delightful territory.