CATANZARO pronounced [katanzaro]
This is the capital of Calabria situated in a panoramic position and also known as the City of the three hills.
Its territory was inhabited since Palaeolithic times and during the Neolithic era (Triavonà settlements and including the area between Gagliano and the Corace Valley).
Some people connect the origins of the City to the Magno-Greek era by the hand of the Greek hero, Ulysses, who landed on the coasts of the Squillace Gulf and who was thought to have founded Skilletion. The centre survived until the VI century AD when, by the name of Scolacium, it was abandoned by its inhabitants.
An archaeological park, which preserves monuments from the Roman era and can be visited today, is all that remains of Scolacium.
Therefore, the origins of Catanzaro came about by the hands of the inhabitants of Scolacium, who, guided by two Byzantine leaders by the name of Cataro and Zaro, founded Catanzaro (12 April '793).
Further suggestions of the name state that it is of Greek Byzantine origins Katanzárion (kata=under and angar=terrace), with reference to the terraced vegetable gardens of Arabic Catanzaro which were found during the Byzantine reconquer era (X century).
The university Magna Graecia of Catanzaro is a public university founded in 1998 and located in the area of Germaneto, where in 2006 a brand new structure has been built in order to provide a better location for both the University and the Hospital. In fact, the Medical Faculty, the Hospital and commercial sides of the buildings are easily linked by covered corridors that will allow you to reach any place within walking distance. If you wish to learn more about it, just click our university website link: http://web.unicz.it/
What services/areas will you find here?
– Informatic Room (opening hours MON-FRI 9:00-13:00, 14:00-17:00) Level 0, G building
– Coffee area and Canteen Ristorart Toscana, Level -1, G building (Bar Campus, you can also buy bus tickets here)
– Hospital coffee area and canteen, Level 3 ( you can buy charge cards for your mobile phone here)
– 3 small Libraries, Level 3 (opening hours MON-FRI 9:00-19:00)
– University club, Level 3
Law Building – This building is reacheable within walking distance (3-4 min) from the Medical Faculty
– Library (opening hours MON-FRI 9:00-19:00)
– Coffee area and canteen
How to reach Catanzaro
By Air: From International Airport Lamezia Terme (SUF), the Campus can be reached by car in about 35 min. Proceed along the SS280 direction Catanzaro, take the exit for Germaneto, continue along Viale Europa.
ATTRACTIONS OF CATANZARO
The beach, or as it is popularly known in this area, the Lido is situated only a few minutes away from the center of the city. The life of the city revolves around its beach since it is the main hang out place for the locals as well as the tourists. The sandy shores and the clear water make it a perfect place to relax on a sunny afternoon.
This ancient cathedral was first built in 1121 and was later rebuilt and renovated in the 16th century in the Renaissance style. During the bombings of 1943, the cathedral had been almost completely destroyed but it has been restored to its original glory since then.
This is known to be one of the most important religious landmarks in the region. This ancient basilica is quite intimidating in size and is built in the famous Baroque style of architecture with huge marble columns supporting the structure.
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Santa Teresa is also known as Chiesa dell'Observenza, and inside the structure is an ancient chapel which was built in the 16th century known as the Chapel of the Holy Sepulchre. There is also a famous statue made by Antonello Gagini within the chapel.
The Catanzaro Bridge has become the most famous landmark of the city since decades. It is a one arch bridge which has become immensely popular since it is one of the tallest bridges in Europe. Architecture lovers should not miss out on visiting this unique bridge.
Church of the Santissimo Rosario
This ancient church is one of the most beautiful churches in Catanzaro. It was built in the 15th-16th century time period with a renaissance façade. The church has a single nave interior with beautiful art work and carvings, a true feast for the eyes.
This is the main Piazza or Square of the city, named after the famous House of Grimaldi. The Square is the center point of the city and the main center of activity and attraction. There are several historic buildings and old structures located on all four sides of the Piazza, people meet and talk to each other here or just sit down and watch the constant ebb and flow of people. Several narrow streets and alleyways are located off the Piazza where one can spend hours strolling around and exploring the old shops and crumbling houses.
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Porta di Strato and Porta S. Agostino
These are the remains of the medieval walls that were at one time standing tall and protecting the city from invaders. These are the two gates that remain of that ancient wall today, which was demolished in 1805.
Palazzo de Nobili
This beautiful palace dates back to the 15th century when it was earlier used for residence purposes. The palace has now been restored and is being used as the current Town hall. Its impressive size and architecture make it an important place to visit in the city.