Palmi is a locality along the Tyrrhenian
coast of Calabria, situated on a terrace in the valley
of the Sant’Elia mountains.
Palmi was founded by the inhabitants of Taurianum, in escape
from the Saracens. Its name derives from the great presence
of palm trees on its territory.
Draught Rais, the pirate, besieged, plundered and destroyed
it (1549), but Carlo Spinelli, Duke of Seminara, had it reconstructed,
named it Carlopoli and reinforced its defensive wall structure
with coastal towers (1565).
It then assumed importance through the Spinelli family with
the Bourbons, who made it a district capital (1816).
Palmi was frequently destroyed by terrible earthquakes (1783,
1898, 1908), but always reconstructed.
A visit to the City
Palmi allows pleasant seaside holidays but also gives the
possibility of excursions to Monte Sant’Elia and the
neighbouring Aspromonte National Park.
The City has a modern look following repeated reconstruction
work carried out after seismic events. One must visit the
Cathedral containing a wooden statue in its interior, the
Immaculate Conception Church and the museum pole of the Casa
della Cultura, which holds the Ethnographic Museum, the Modern
Art Gallery, the Guerrisi Museum, the Communal Library and
the Museum of Antiquities.
The Varia Festival is highly celebrated yearly on 16th August.
Place of interest
- Chiesa dell'Immacolata
- Palazzo della Città
- Villa Mazzini
- Marina di Palmi
- Torre delle Pietre Nere
- Monte Sant'Elia: panorama, Chiesa del Soccorso, Chiesa del
- Santuario della Madonna del Carmine
- Visita di Rosarno
- Visita di Seminara
- Visita di Scilla
- Museo Civico di Etnografia e Folclore
- Museo Michele Guerrisi
- Museo Civico Francesco Cilea e Antonio Manfroce
- Pinacoteca Leonida e Albertina Repaci
- Antiquarium Comunale
- Festa della Varia il 16 agosto
- Festa e processione di San Rocco il 16 agosto
- Festa dei Giganti