Welcome to Aieta
From Jesse's Journeys in Italy
is an historic Calabrian
dominated by an imposing Renaissance
mansion, which has recently been converted
into an art gallery and museum that
some of the most well-known artists in
Calabria during the summer months.
The museum as well as the local shops in
Aieta, that showcase the works of local
artists and craftsmen, speak to Calabria's
history and the various cultures which
have dominated the area through time.
For visitors interested in local
craftsmenship, some may want to purchase some of the
fabulous embroidery for which Aieta is
justly renowned for. It's worth the trip
in and of itself to Aieta, just to view
some of these specacular goods.
In addition to these wears, there are a number of fascinating things
to see in Aieta, including the Churches of
Saint Maria della Visitazione, San
Francesco and Addolorato al Ponte.
In addition to the churches, there is an archeological
site, known as Aieta Vetere, with remains
from C. 1000 and several grottos, which
have been converted to shrines, that
visitors with time to explore, should make
a point of seeing.
Much of the pleasure however, in visiting
the town of Aieta is the simple, rustic
way of life, visitors are exposed to.
Taking a day or a few hours to walk around
this historic village, one may very well
feel they are not only stepping back in
time, they are living it.
Visits Italy is working to give you more
information about Aieta in the days to
follow, you can expect to read a great
deal more about this very interesting
place, which sits high in the Calabrian
The Cedri Riviera
By car, Aieta is approximately 25 minutes
from the coast, within the
national park where the traveler will find
a numerous scenic picnic grounds
and camping facilities.
Terrace at Aieta, Calabria
by Jesse Andrews
Aieta, comes from the
Greek word "Aet˛s",
Eagle and is named as such, as the town
sits like an
Eagles nest, perched
on a hill between two higher
mountains looking down on
the lower lying town and
the riverbed below.