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  • Writer's pictureSu Guillory

Tiriolo, Italy: Nestled Between Two Seas

Located in the heart of Calabria, just half an hour north of Catanzaro, Tiriolo is a hidden gem that captivates visitors with its rich history, picturesque landscapes, and vibrant cultural heritage. If you're planning a trip to this charming town, you're in for a treat.

Here are a few things to add to your list on your trip.

Visit the Tiriolo Cathedral

Start your journey with a visit to the Tiriolo Cathedral, dedicated to St. Nicholas. Admire the stunning architecture, intricate artwork, and the peaceful atmosphere that surrounds this religious landmark.

Explore the Archeological Museum

Delve into Tiriolo's history at the Museo Archeologico. This museum showcases artifacts, documents, and exhibits that shed light on the town's cultural evolution. You can even walk along the edge of a recently-excavated palace that houses an exquisite mosaic tile of a dolphin.

Discover Traditional Dress

Your ticket to the archeological museum also includes access to the Museo del Costume Regionale, the Museum of Regional Costumes. Hundreds of years ago, each tiny village in Calabria had its own distinct costume. Some were worn for festivals, others for everyday, and others for mourning. In this tiny museum, you'll see the incredible craftsmanship that went into creating these costumes. And you'll see a picture of the last woman to wear the local garb, who, after continuing to wear these costumes every day, died at more than 100 years old.

Wander through the Historic Center

Take a leisurely stroll through Tiriolo's historic center, where cobblestone streets and medieval buildings tell tales of the town's past. Don't forget your camera – there are plenty of photo-worthy spots.

Watch Weavers Make Traditional Fabrics

Among other things, Tiriolo is known for its textiles, woven on ancient looms. While you're wandering through town, stop by the shop TessilArt where the owner Mirella Leone is happy to give a demonstration of the loom she uses to create textiles with designs and colors specific to Tiriolo. You can also find beautiful handmade tablerunners, shawls, and placemats to take home as gifts (or for yourself).

Taste Local Delicacies

Savor the flavors of Calabrian cuisine by indulging in local delicacies. From handmade pasta dishes to fresh seafood, Tiriolo's restaurants offer a culinary journey that reflects the region's gastronomic excellence.

For a visual feast, book a table at the hotel restaurant Due Mari. From the widespread windows, you'll see both the Tyrrhenian and Ionian Seas from up high. For an English pub vibe, grab a pint and burger at Bicks Pub.

Discover the Monastery of San Giovanni Therestis

Immerse yourself in history by exploring the Monastery of San Giovanni Therestis. This ancient religious site boasts impressive architecture and serene surroundings, providing a tranquil escape.

Hike to Monte Tiriolo

Outdoor enthusiasts will love the hike to Monte Tiriolo. The panoramic views from the summit are breathtaking, offering a unique perspective of the surrounding countryside. Remember to pack comfortable shoes and water for this adventure.

While there, stop by the Ecomuseo Naturalitico, the Natural Ecomuseum, to learn more about the unique animals and plants that make up this ecosystem.

Tiriolo, with its blend of history, nature, and gastronomy, promises an enriching travel experience. Whether you're seeking cultural insights, outdoor adventures, or culinary delights, Tiriolo has something special to offer. Embrace the charm of this Italian town, and create memories that will last a lifetime.


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