Welcome to Cariati
From Jesse's Journeys in Italy
Cariati, like most towns along
the Ionian coast, is a resort
centre for northern Italians
during the summer months.
The marina offers a 6 mile
sea-wall, dotted by cafés, bars
and shops. The rest of the
marina part of the town however,
is relatively uninteresting and
don't let this first impression
of the town deter you.
The old town of Cariati is
well worth a visitor's time and
offers stunning views of the
entire coastal area in front and
olive groves at its back.
In the old town, you can make a
circuit of the old city walls
and bastions, into which houses
have been built, and duck into the numerous
churches within the walls for a
few moments of cool solace.
The cathedral, whose tiled
cupola can be seen from the
marina, has an impressive
interior and contains 18 century
choir stalls by Girolamo
The cemetery church (just
outside the town) is a bare and
pleasing late Gothic building
with a well proportioned ribbed
dome, completely vested inside
with patterned tiles of Moorish
Numerous "festas" celebrations
take place within the old town's
walls during the summer months,
and tourists arrive in droves to
For a more quiet time to visit
the area, spring and fall are
best, however for those
interested in taking part in
beautiful - and emotional
- traditional festivities, July
and August are without question
the best time to visit.
Beware - it is very hot in July
and particularly August.
Keep yourself hydrated, and take
advantage of cool resting
Region of Calabria
the A3 highway
that runs up the
entire Ionian coast.
Trains stop hourly
in this town and a
large marina allows
easy access by boat.
Duomo at Cariati
by Jesse Andrews
us about your trip to Cariati. What
were your favorite places to visit,
stay, and dine.
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