Welcome to Tortora
From Jesse's Journeys in
Population: 5,808 (2003)
Tortora is the first town on
Italy's Tyrrhenian coast one
encounters upon entering Calabria
from the north. But, we
warn you: first
appearances are deceiving
and may cause you to wonder why
journeyed this far South.
Well, at the Marina of Tortora a strange conglomeration of modern buildings
stand next to run-down apartment buildings.
For visitors seeing it for the first time,
the Marina appears as nothing more than a
failing industrial park.
this part of Tortora is not
the real Tortora - or
at least not the one you want to
The real Tortora,
like many villages along the
coast in Calabria, is located a
short 15 kilometer drive into the mountains.
Arriving in this
Tortora you will be rewarded
with superb mountain views, fascinating
architecture, houses that seem
to spill down the mountainsides,
busy, colorful shops, and one of the
region's most interesting museums.
So, without question, a drive to this
is well worth it.
The antiquities in the
museum go back to the time of the
ancient Greeks, when Tortora was part of
Greater Greece, or "Magna Graecia".
As you will see from many of the
prospects in and around the
town, the countryside is covered in
vineyards and olive or fig orchards.
Some sheep and cattle graze on a
few mountain pastures.
In the valley below streams and waterfalls
fall off mountain crags. In the
distance, from the highest point of the
town, who's highlight is a 14th century Duomo,
the view to the Tyrrehnian sea is
recommends "La Loggia",
which overlooks the
town and is a great place to have lunch or
dinner, especially in the summer months
when the outdoor terrace comes alive with
music and festivity.
Don't forget your camera - there
are a number of "shots" you'll
want to take in Tortora.
Region of Calabria
The Cedri Riviera
A3 Salerno/Reggio Calabria exit at
Lagonegro nord or Lauria then SS 585 Fondo
Valle del Noce and then SS 18 exit Praia;
from south exit at Falerna and then SS 18
Roma – Napoli – Reggio Calabria railway
line, Praja-Ajeta-Tortora railway station.
Villas, Bed and Breakfasts
Restaurants and Cafes
The Beaches at Tortora and lidos
along the Gulf of Polycastro.
Gulf of Polycastro,
by Jesse Andrews
The Tortorese Museum
an incredible collection of Greek and
Arab artifacts which date back to the
third century BC.
us about your trip to Tortora. What
were your favorite places to visit,
stay, and dine.