The completeness of nature enclosed in one country.
This is Montegiordano, the perfect blend between sea and mountain. The village is divided into two “fractions”, the center at 650 above the sea level, and the “Marina” developed along the Ionian coast.
Its landscape is predominantly hilly, but it features, in its 35 km of surface area, all the elements of nature that characterize the “Alto Jonio”: the sea, the hill and the mountain.
Montegiordano’s economy is mainly linked to agriculture. This is based on viticulture and on the flourishing cultivation of fava beans and peas, authentic delicacies of the territory.
The tourist vocation, the peculiarity of the whole area, is also a strong point.
From this small center of “Alto Ionio Cosentino” we begin to speak already in the Hellenistic age. A proof of this is the finding, in “Menzinara”, of the ruins of a Hellenistic-Roman farm.
Its dating dates back to the second half of the 4th century AD. At the beginning of the 3rd century BC, but according to some studies, Montegiordano already had anthropic presences since the 6th century BC.
Some historians say that during his journeys between Crotone and Taranto, the famous mathematician Pythagoras of Samos found refreshment in Montegiordano, in the “Castello” area.
Montegiordano’s current housing estate was dated between 1645 and 1649. The first urban settlement, located in Mandrone, dates back to earlier times.
The inhabitants, over the years, after the numerous invasions by the Turks, who easily reached the sea on the coasts of Montegiordano, were forced to depart from their land where, according to historians, Montegiordano Castle was destroyed without leaving Significant traces from the Turks, and take refuge in Oriolo and nearby villages.
The desire to return to their land never left the inhabitants of this place, who in 1649, with the concession of the feudal lord Alessandro Pignone del Carretto, could return to their native land paying 20 ducats per year, and here they rebuilt the new City giving it the name “Montegiordano”.
Today, the historic center of Montegiordano is displayed to the visitor as a great open-air art gallery. The artist Franco Lateana gave his Montegiordano art works of rare beauty. Walking in the alleys of the village, in fact, you can just stay ecstatic by the murals of the artist. They guide and accompany the visitor along a path where mural art and poetry blend.
A thematic trip between the narrow alleys of the village, therefore, where you go through the stories and testimonies of emigrants and soldiers to the front, an emblem of a story you should not forget, to the streets of the lovers, where the verses of the greatest Love poets are reinterpreted and impressed on the walls of the houses along the streets, almost like drawing a love path to live hand in hand.
An unmissable appointment is the traditional Fave and Pea Festival held on April 27th and 28th. In the locality of Piano delle Rose, Contrada Castello, you can enjoy these authentic delicacies of the territory.