ROCCELLA IONICA

Roccella Ionica is an important seaside centre situated along the southern Jonic coast, not too distant from the National Aspromonte Park.

History

It seems that the present day centre derives its name from the ancient Amphissa, a centre founded by the Italic population and which also saw a period of development during the Magno-Greek era.
A Necropolis, situated in the Sant’Onofrio locality and dating back to the IX century BC, remains as testament to this period.
The remains of a Roman Villa in the Tipaldo District was discovered from the Roman Imperial period.

Following Saracen raids (IX century AD), the inhabitants moved towards the interior and founded Roccella on top of a rock. The centre was cited in 1040 by the name of Repella.

The suburb was fief of the following families over the centuries: Collepietro, Centelles, Ruffo and Carafa.

It was fortified during the ‘500s to face the new emergency in the form of Turkish raids.
It was also costly for the ill-famed Turkish Corsair, Dragut (1594), who did not succeed in storming Roccella Jonica, and indeed lost many of his ships to the Castle’s artillery.

A visit to the City

Roccella is dominated by the remains of the majestic Angioinian Castle, an important arm of defence against Turkish raids. The Pizzofalcone Tower, closer to the coast, also forms part of this defensive system.

The following are noteworthy in Roccella for the artistic patrimony they preserve: the San Vittore and San Nicola Churches and the Maria SS delle Grazie Sanctuary.

The part of Roccella, which is closer to the sea and more modern, is well equipped as a seaside centre.
In Summer, the centre hosts an important musical manifestation, the Roccella Jazz Festival.

Roccella can be a good point of depart for naturalistic excursions to the interior of the Aspromonte National Park or to visit important historical centres such as Locri and Caulonia.

Place of interest

- Castello Angioino
- Santuario di Maria SS. delle Grazie (1545)
- Chiesa di San Nicola
- Chiesa di San Vittore
- Torre di Pizzofalcone
- Teatro al Castello
- Santuario della Madonna Santissima delle Grazie
- Parco Nazionale dell'Aspromonte
- Visita di Mammola
- Visita di Grotteria
- Visita di Caulonia
- Visita di Marina di Gioiosa Jonica
- Visita di Locri

Museums

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Events

- Festa di Maria S.S. delle Graziea la prima domenica di luglio
- Roccella Jazz festival in estate

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