Village located at an altitude of about 200 meters above sea level at the foot of Mount St. Angelo, area, overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea to the Aeolian Islands. The old town is accessed through four gates: Porta Pirillo south, Forge Gate to the west, to the east Gate Cafarone and Gate to the north-west. In the evening the gates were closed and guarded, and the village cut off from the rest of the territory. Gate Pirillo received its name from the square opposite to it because the plaza had and has the shape of a pear. Gate Forge stands opposite another square where the “forgiari” or smiths worked iron to make weapons. Gate Cafarone was given its name after that of a guard  assigned to the surveillance of the people who went in and out the door. Gate Timpone got its name because it was built near a cliff impossible to access. The Normans built the village on the slopes of Monte Sant’Angelo and on top they built a castle overlooking the valley out to the sea.


Provincia di Cosenza

Location Type

Abandoned Villages



Coordinates GPS

39.090300, 16.157985

Difficulty reaching 40%


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