Briatico

Sun and sea in a small town in Calabria

 

Briatico (in Vibo Valentia) is a small seaside town, 50 meters above sea level, perched on the slope of a picturesque headland that rises out of the Calabrian Tyrrhenian Sea with views overlooking the Bay of Santa Eufemia and the Tyrrhenian coast. It has a population of about 4,100 and was rebuilt in 1793 after the earthquake destroyed what is now called Old Briatico.

 

The Roman necropolis, the medieval hermit caves and the watchtowers are traces of what was left by ancient peoples. The towers on the beaches belonged to the anti-Turkish defence system.
All that is left of Old Briatico, which stood on a hill to the right of Murria river, are the ruins of the medieval castle built by Ferdinand Bisbal, and those of the ancient town, which had 12 churches and 3 convents and was culturally and historically important.

 

The main church of St. Nicholas of Bari, built after the destruction of all 12 churches of Old Briatico, contains most of the works of art, which once adorned the buildings of worship in the village.

 

On the beach there are only two of the five anti-Turkish defence towers left: the Rocchetta, a high lookout tower of pentagonal shape, originally built by the Greeks and then rebuilt by the Romans, and the Irene Tower, built by the Spanish against barbarian invasions.
The beautiful coastline overlooks the Gulf of Lamezia and the Aeolian archipelago.