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A view of Cirella
by Jesse Andrews

Ruins of Roman fort near Cirella
by Jesse Andrews


Looking toward Grisolia, near Cirella
by Jesse Andrews


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Welcome to Cirella
From Jesse's Journeys in Italy

Official site: see Diamante

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The old Norman fort, village and amphitheatre which occupy the mountain peak above the town of Cirella are stupendous, eerie and mesmerizing. 

Very few English-speaking tourists know about the Cirella, but it is highly recommended that visitors stop here, for what this town beholds is mind-blowing. 

There is no fee to enter the grounds which the numerous historical monuments occupy and because the ruins are not well-taken care of, visitors are free to walk through the grounds in their entirety.

It's highly recommended that if coming to the ruins to dress in the proper attire including sturdy foot-wear, for ambling through the ruins requires it.

Cirella is divided into parts - the marina and the upper town.  In the marina, several hotels and beach resorts await visitors.  It is however, the upper part of the town, with the old Roman village cascading the hill top, which is the most interesting. 

Located in the valley below, lies "La Fattoria di Arieste" which is an old estate farm, which welcomes visitors to harvest the organic fruits and vegetables they grow there, right along with the farm hands.

Visitors to the area, well be astounded by the mystic and historic area Cirella and its surrounding cities is highly recommended for those who journey down the rugged Calabrian coast. 

Region of Calabria

The Cedri Riviera



By Car:
Take the A3 Autostrada from either south or north and exit at Lago Negro.  Then, travel south on the SS 18.  Exit at Cirella. 

By train:
Take the train to the Diamante station. 

By airplane: Lamezia Terme Airport or Napoli  Capodichino airport.  Either airport is approximately 2.5 hour from Cirella

By boat
: Maratea harbour (PZ)


La Fattoria di Arieste


Temple to Mary Magdalene, above Cirella,
by Jesse Andrews





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