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Pizzo: photo description (Pizzo)

Pizzo is a small town in the province of Vibo Valentia (Calabria), near the homonymous resort. Located in the heart of the Bay of Golfo di Sant'eufemia between sea and mountains surrounded by blossoming orange and olive groves and vineyards. The city is home to about 9 thousand people. With squares and terraces of the city, facing the sea, offers spectacular panoramas, and streets of the historic centre are intertwined in a maze, scrambling up the cliff and way down on the coast.

Pizzo is a town with a rich history and glorious cultural traditions. In the past it was called Napitia by the name of Hum, the leader of the tribe facesi. This tribe survived the Trojan war and after a long journey along the coast of the Mediterranean sea, in the end, settled on the coast of Calabria, which attracted people with its beauty.

Cicero loved these places and especially the beach of La Segala, and St. Peter stayed here to rest during your journey in Rome. Here, according to ancient Greek historian Pliny the elder, Odysseus replenish their stocks for the long journey.

Then on the coast of Calabria appeared the Saracens from their devastating raids could not escape anyone, and, in the end, Napitia disappeared from the face of the earth, and its inhabitants took refuge in the mountains covered with primeval forest. The empty buildings quickly absorbed the lush vegetation, and for many years over the ruins of the city there was silence.

In about 1070, the year on the orders of the Norman king Roger in the place of the ancient Napitia built a beautiful hunting castle, which two centuries later was sheltered by St. Anthony of Padua, who was returning from his trip to Africa. In 1363, the year of the monks-Basilian built there a large Orthodox monastery, and the coral gatherers of Amalfi erected near Carmelite Church. Thus began a new history of Pizzo, who soon, due to the population growth, has evolved from village to town. In order to repel attacks by pirates, the city was surrounded by a wall with corner towers, and the entrance guarded by a guard tower and a suspension bridge.

Today, Pizzo is a modern small town, famous for its beaches, cozy coves, clear sea and a picturesque historical centre. In the recent past, the local beaches were included in the list of the 250 best beaches of Italy. In addition, tourists are attracted by the mild climate and many opportunities for comfortable rest, as well as the famous local ice cream of Pizzo is even called "ice cream City". And one of the main attractions of the town is the small Church of Piedigrotta, entirely carved out of rock with numerous statues in natural caves.