On the banks of the Sibari river, the rests of the Ancient Sybaris, the grand city of Magna Graecia came to light, which had reached its maximum splendor and richness and was destroyed by the Corinthians in 510 A.C.
FANTASTIC TRIP BETWEEN NATURE, CULT AND HISTORY
NATIONAL PARK OF POLLINO
On the banks of the Sibari river, the rests of the Ancient Sybaris, the grand city of Magna Graecia came to light, which had reached its maximum splendor and richness and was destroyed by the Corinthians in 510 A.C., and also those of the columns of Copia and Thurii, belonging to the period that goes from 194 A.C. to the first century A.C.. The sites where the excavations took place are: Stombi, Casa Bianca and Parco del Cavallo.
At the last one, an exedra and wall were brought to light.
A visit to the Museum of the Sibaritide which collects the objects from the Greek and Protohistoric tombs coming from Francavilla Marittima and Cariati, pottery and bronzes coming from the sanctuary of Atene.
At 08:15 am departure to Cerchiara di Calabria, at the foot of Pollino, to visit the Sanctuary of Santa Maria delle Armi one of the most prestigious monumental complexes of medieval time. It is located on the foot of Mount Sellaro, with an extraordinary view of the Sybaris Plain and of the Gulf of Taranto.
The old legend says that in 1450 some hunters from Rossano saw a doe going into a small cave in Mount Sellaro. When they entered the cave, they didn’t see the doe anymore but two wooden icons representing the Holy Evangelists. The hunters surprised by the miracle, took the tablets to their city, Rossano. Here, the tablets repeatedly disappeared to always be found again at their discovery site. So they decided to build a small chapel to preserve it. During the works, a blacksmith annoyed with an oval rock, according to him not useful for his needs, that happened to always be in his hand, broke it with a single strike. The rock split in two: on one side, the image of the Madonna and Child and on the other half Saint John Baptist. The first one is still jealously preserved in a chapel with polychrome marble inside the church; the other half, showing the Precursor of Christ, was stolen and according to tradition, transported to Malta.
The trip continues to the center of the village and a visit to the “Museo del Pane” (Bread Museum), where all the original tools can be seen and one can follow the production process that starts from the grain of flour until the making of the bread.