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Cleto: photos, description (Cleto)

Cleto is a town in the province of Cosenza in the Italian region Calabria, located on the hills with panoramic views of the Aeolian Islands and the valley of the river Savuto have Presila. Just a few kilometers from the city begins the coast of the Tyrrhenian sea. Location Cleto on a hill at an altitude of 250 meters above sea level, making the local climate is very dry with hot summers and moderately warm winters. The whole area around the town is covered with olive groves, in the valley of the river Savuto grow oranges and lemons.

Vintage Cleto in the era of domination of the Normans was called Pietramala and only in 1862 year, regained the original name. Today it attracts tourists for its monuments and architecture in the first place, its ancient castle. It was built by the Normans on top of the mountain Monte Sant Angelo, which opened a view of the surrounding land down to the sea and down to the village. The castle consisted of two cylindrical towers, one of which was over a drawbridge and had the status of a watchtower. Inside were a huge tub to collect rain water, used to quench their thirst. In another VAT, which was under the ground, stored food reserves. The second tower was divided into two parts - on the top it has a defensive structure, and the lower level occupied dwelling. The local ruler, who lived in the castle, possessed full power over the inhabitants of Cleto - he could sentence them to death for any crime could be pardoned. The condemned were thrown into the so-called "wolf cave" with a depth of several hundred feet, so they were killed by strikes in the fall or from starvation. But in the case of a natural disaster or other hazard residents Cleto could shelter in the castle.

Another attraction Cleto is the Church of the Consolation of Chiesa della Consolazione. It was built in the 17th century and is notable for its bell tower with a spire of colored majolica.