Vibo Valentia is positioned on the gentle slope of a hilltop. It is of great strategic importance within the territorial area and is rich in archaeological sites.
Its history goes back to the earliest prehistoric times. It was originally a Brutti settlement, an Indo-European race, and then saw several successive settlements: Greek colonization (VIII sec. BC) and Roman (192 BC), Byzantines and Normans (X sec.). Excavations at the ancient Hipponion settlement, now Vibo Valentia, have revealed the first sub-Locrian colony, also a Roman town hall called Valentia, and a medieval village called Mons Leonis.
The findings are on display at the National Museum Vito Capialbi in the Norman castle that overlooks and dominates the city. These include sacred Greek artefacts that were found at four different sites in various parts of the city, Roman toga statues and floor mosaics. Particular attention should be given to the Laminetta orfica, one of the most intact ever to have been found from the Magna Graecia, which is evidence of the Orphic cult.
The Bay of St. Irene and the beach of Zambrone are also worth a visit. Here, due to its sandy bottom, you can fish for “surice”, a local delicacy and a fish unique to this area.