Caressed by the clear water of the Ionian coast, Roccelletta beach is an oasis of privacy and comfort, and is open to guests staying at the Grand Hotel Paradiso. Here, the long stretches of deserted beach are ideal for relaxing strolls amid the lush vegetation of the marine pine trees, taking step after step on the soft, incredibly white sand. Within just 5 minutes, you can find yourself admiring the bays of the Copanello promontory, set amid the unexpected sheer cliffs and constituting something of a natural swimming pool, sheltered from the currents and forever kissed by the warm Mediterranean sun. It is a genuine paradise for those with a passion for diving, thanks to its sea bed, which is awash with eye-popping colours and myriad living species.
Catanzaro Lido is the coastal district of Catanzaro; situated 8 km (as the crow flies, or 16 km via the ‘SP17’ road) south of the city centre, it stretches for around 5 km along the Ionian coast.Catanzaro Lido is the coastal district of Catanzaro; located 8 km as the crow flies (16 km along the SP17) south of the city center, stretches for about 5 km along the Ionian coast. [: en] Catanzaro Lido is the coastal district of Catanzaro; situated 8 km (as the crow flies, or 16 km via the ‘SP17’ road) south of the city center, it stretches for around 5 km along the Ionian coast.
CATANZARO MUSEUM OF THE ARTS
Via A. Turco, 63, 88100 Catanzaro
MEDITERRANEAN BIODIVERSITY PARK
Via V.Cortese, 1, 88100 Catanzaro
NATIONAL PARK OF THE SILA
87058 Spezzano della Sila CS
POLITEAMA THEATRE OF CATANZARO
Via Giovanni Jannoni, 88100 Catanzaro
SCOLACIUM ARCHAEOLOGY PARK
The Grand Hotel Paradiso is located on a three-hectare site, just a stone’s throw from the Scolacium archaeology park on the outskirts of Catanzaro Lido. The park takes its name from the ancient Magna Graecia colony of Skilletion, which was subsequently renamed Minervia Scolaciom, and in the Roman era became the city of Cassiodoro. Its thousands of years of history have seen the Greeks, Bruttii, Romans, Byzantines, Saracens and Normans come and go. The visible remains include the paved roads, the aqueducts, the thermal system and the theatre.
THE RIACE BRONZES
The Riace Bronzes are two bronze statues of Greek, Magna Graecian or Sicilian Doric origin, dating from the 5th century B.C., which were still in exceptional condition when they were discovered on 16 August, 1972, near Riace Marina, in the province of Reggio Calabria.
The two statues are considered to be among the most significant sculptural masterworks of Greek art, and bear witness to the unrivalled skill of the great sculptors of antiquity. There are various hypotheses on the provenance of the statues, but there is as yet no clear evidence that enables us to attribute them to a specific craftsman.
THE SILA PLATEAU
The mountainous plateau of the Sila encompasses 150,000 hectares of unique natural riches and extends across the provinces of Cosenza, Crotone and Catanzaro. The treasures of this stunning natural asset, with its incredibly diverse landscapes and wide array of flora and fauna, are now protected, as the area has been turned into the Sila National Park. It is the oldest such park in Calabria, and is among the five oldest in Italy.
THE ‘LE CASTELLA’ DISTRICT
The origins of the ‘Le Castella’ district are lost in the mists of time; equally mysterious was the presence, confirmed up until the 16th century, of two or three islands not far from terra firma, on one of which (called Ogigia) Calypso held the hero Ulysses for seven long years, according to Homer’s telling of the tale.
Just a few miles from the Hotel, you will come to Tropea, which is without doubt one of the most renowned tourist resorts not only in Calabria but, indeed, in the whole of Italy. It is located in the province of Vibo Valentia, on a sheer rocky outcrop near Capo Vaticano.