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Estate Roccellese 2015. Il Programma di tutti gli eventi per questa estate!

Postato in data: 15 giugno 2016 - da: Amphisya

Roccella Jonica è Bandiera Blu e 5 Vele Legambiente 2016
Continuano i riconoscimenti per la bellissima Roccella Jonica. Nuovamente Bandiera Blu per l'anno 2016. Anche Legambiente consegna le 5 Vele per l'estate 2016 alla famosissima perla del basso Ionio. Roccella Jonica è pronta ad accogliervi, anche noi lo siamo!

Postato in data: 15 giugno 2016 - da: Amphisya


B&B Amphisya - About us

An old renovated house near to the oldest places of the Greek-Roman culture in the Calabrian Jonian coast.

  • Ideal for a romantic escape


  • Ideal for family

  • Ideal for business


  • Ideal as a starting point for your excursions


  • Ideal for sea enthusiasts

  • Ideal for mountain lovers


How was the B&B Amphisya born?a flattery lasted years...

"We don’t fall in love only with people. There are places that come into our heart and don’t leave it anymore. I discovered that crumbling ruin in Martiri lane by chance and I was very impressed from it.
I tried to convince the owner of the old house to sell it to me for years; it was like a long flattery but at the end I had it! And I had a very clear idea in my mind since the beginning: to make of those old walls a meeting place, a little oasis of peace, a starting point from which to leave for discovering my village.
Torrent’s stones, blocks, shingles’ scraps, clay little bricks are the things that have been used to build what today is the Amphisya B&B.
The way has been long: the house was very ruined so it was impossible to renovate it and many people suggested me to destroy it and to build a new house. But I didn’t want to demolish two centuries of history written by fishmen, peasant and farmers.
In those walls, where there was an oven, bread had been cooked, the ground floor was a stable and that little area of fishmen’s houses was so lively! All this was so important to me that I had to try to renovate the house… So, thanks to the suggestions of a “capomastro”- the main construction worker, the art of a worker of Bivongi, (which with I went to stole the stones from the river), the simple and delicate touch of my wife and the intuition of my son, the B&B began to take shape.
Everything in the B&B is calabrian: the wooden beams are from Fabrizia, a village of Serre Mountains; the roof tiles are old; the granite, used for the windows and the balconies, had been used also for building the gate of the rich houses. The old floor, recycled in a little part, has been used for the landing while the balconies in wrought-iron have been made by a smith of Gioiosa. The power economy by solar panels, air conditioning and the free use of bike  give to the Amphisya B&B a modernity touch that offers to our customers the sensation to feel good also in holiday like in own house. This is our story.”

Services with special treatmentwe care about your entertainment!

Game fishing (tourist fishing excursions)

Amphisya B&B offers to its customers the opportunity to make fish hunting on boat with professional fishermen and with the best equipment in the today’s trade.
Vincenzo Muscolo, a known fisherman and official testimonial of important brands in the fish world, will go with you during exciting spinning, vertical jigging, eging sessions and more. www.vincenzomuscolo.com

Vincenzo Mari, trawler fishing and drifting Italian champion, instead, will go with you to look for coastal predator fishes and the big red tuna.

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roccella Jonica

  • The Castle

  • The Seafront

  • Turist Equipped Port

  • Maria S.S. delle Grazie Curch

  • Seaside with leisure facilities

  • Ex Monastery Dei Minimi di San Francesco di Paola

Roccella Jonicaa paradise for everybody

Roccella Jonica has very old origins, that probably date back to the Magna Grecia time. The village, indeed, is the ancient place called Amphisya by the latin poet Ovidio in his poems. In the X century the village is called already Rupella, then Aroccella, until the actual name of Roccella for its position on a rock.
The first document that testifies the existence of Roccella dates back to the 1270: it’s the sell of the Castle by Carlo I d’Angiò to Gualtieri de Collepietro.
Roccella was an important fortress in the defence of the cost from the Saracen invasion as the heraldic banner symbolizes, representing a warrior that fights against a Moor.
Today, the Castle is the first thing that a traveler notices arriving to Roccella, because it dominates all the village from the rock in which is located.
In the town centre there are many interesting buildings like Englen Palace (today  Tassone Palace), built probably in the XVIII century. It is one of the most impressive buildings in the village and it belonged to the Englen’s noble family, moved to Roccella at the end of XVII century from Acquaro d’Arena (CZ).
Placido Palace is another interesting building; built probably in XVIII century, it’s on three levels. At the ground floor is a little patio with a nice fountain and on the façade is a great portal in sculpted stone.
Other interesting buildings are: Villa Alicastro, Villa Carafa, Palazzo Congiusta.
In addition to the monuments, you can get the history of Roccella going through the lanes of the “Borgo”, the high part of the village, where there are many examples of the rural culture (typical houses, oil mill, ect) or visiting the sea burgs as Zirgone e Sant’Antonio. The popular traditions are valued every year by many feasts to which people takes part in a very active way.
Among the itineraries, we suggest you to make that along the north part of the rock’s slope from Via Torrente Zirgone to the Castle. The route is easy thanks to stairs and leaves from the stream where the Madonna delle Grazie’s Sanctuary rises.
Along this itinerary, you can see in a splendid natural frame, the Teatro al Castello, in which every year important shows take place as the famous International Jazz Festival “Rumori Mediterranei” .
To visit also San Nicola Church (ex Aleph), the Matrice Church, the two monolithic columns.
The beautiful sandy beach attracts many tourists from every part of Italy.

2016 new flags:
Bandiera Blu - 5 Vele Legambiente



Info and useful linksplaces of interest and tradition

  • Monuments
  • "Cittadella Medioevale". Medieval town. You  can see the ruins through a panoramic walking from Torrente Zirgone to Torre di Pizzofalcone, an observation tower.
  • Castello dei Carafa
  • Chiesa Matrice
  • Chiesa San Nicola Ex Aleph
  • Chiesa di Santa Anastasia
  • Santuario Madonna Santissima delle Grazie
  • Chiesa di San Giuseppe
  • Chiesa di San Sostene
  • Teatro al Castello
  • Colonne Melissari
  • Porto turistico "delle Grazie"
  • Convento dei minimi
  • Vicoli Picatari
  • Borgo Antico
  • Lungomare

Buildings of historical relevance
Palazzo Baudille
Palazzo Congiusta
Palazzo Englen
Palazzo Placido
Palazzo Rossetti
Palazzo Ursini
Villa Carafa
Villa Alicastro

Traditions and events

Maria S.S. delle Grazie Feast
Every year, the first Sunday of the july there is the feast in honor of the Virgin “Maria S. S. delle Grazie”, patron of the fishermen of the village. It’s a feast that attracts many people and that arises in 1545 when a fisherman, Onofrio Buscemi, received a miracle and to thank the Virgin built a Sanctuary to her. During the week of the feast there are three processions but the best is that on the boat, where the Virgin is brought followed by many little boats of fishermen, blessing the sea.

Roccella Jazz festival
Since more of 30 years during the summer, Roccella Jonica receives an important festival of Jazz music (its first edition goes back to the 1980) known as “Roccella Jazz Festival – Mediterranean Sounds” with very famous artists of every part of the world. Since 2007 it began to make concerts also in other towns of the vicinity, even though Roccella remains the main and most important place of the festival.

"The White Night"
Every year, from the night of 14 August to the morning of the 15, Roccella is animated by several entertainments: shows, concerts, food feast ect. As conclusion “Back to Flora”, remembering the disco on the beach of 70s and 80s, that was the attraction of all the Ionian coast and that unfortunately a sea storm destroyed.

Other events

"FESTA DI SAN VITTORIO MARTIRE" - Second Sunday of August.
"NCRINATA 'I PASCA"- Easter morning
"BALLO DEL CIUCCIO" - 4 of August

Useful links

Roccella Jazz Fest

Comune di Roccella Jonica

Calabria Terra di Festival - Risorsa online sugli eventi calabresi

MUSABA - Parco Museo Laboratorio all'aperto - Mammola (Rc)

* Sources: Wikipedia - Sito Comune di Roccella Jonica

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Leisure activities

Discovering calabria

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Jasmines’ Coast
Roccella is just in the centre of the splendid Jasmines’ Coast, the stretch of Ionian Coast that goes from Punta Stilo to Capo Spartivento. It offers in addition to a very clear sea and white beaches, Mediterranean scents as jasmine smell and colored citrus groves, as Bergamotto, a typical fruit that grows only in this part of the world. This extraordinary position makes Roccella a great starting point from which moving to visit the most important places of Locride.
Stilo and its Cattolica
It was one of the most important centres of the byzantine culture, being in the past shelter place of Basilian monks migrations. The Cattolica, built in X century, testifies these migrations in fact it was the main church for those monks come from East. The Cattolica has a Greek architectural scheme, that’s to say: the Greek cross plan inscribed in a square and the exterior made of little bricks with five domes covered of shingles put on cylindrical tambours.
Ruins of the ancient Kaulon
The ruins of Kaulon, the ancient Greek colony are in Monasterace Marina, just on the sea at the feet of the Punta Stilo ‘s lighthouse. According to the tradition, the city was built by the legendary son of the Amazon Pentesilea. Its origins are Acheans and it was a citadel of kroton in the struggles against Locri. The city was destroyed by Syracuse (388 a.C.) and then by Romans (205 a.C.). Today the ruins of walls and a big Doric temple, probably dedicated to Apollo Katharsios, have been discovered.
The beautiful Scilla
Scilla is a wonderful seaside village called “the little Venice of South” that overlooks just on the Messina’s Strait and offers breath-taking landscapes, with its Castle located sheer to the sea and its small houses of Chianalea built just on the rocks. It is easy to reach from Roccella Jonica.
Reggio Calabria
Reggio Calabria is one of the most important city of Calabria, with its splendid seafront defined by D’Annunzio “the most beautiful km of Italy” and its Riace’s Bronzes, renovated just now and shown in the National Museum of the city.
Soverato (Cz)
It’s called the Rimini of South Italy and it’s a famous holiday resort with a great tourist vocation. An equipped seafront, discos, open air bars are a meeting point for who wants to have fun until the sunrise.
Mammola is known as the city of the stockfish. In this little village very near to Roccella, it’s possible to taste in its restaurants, stockfish and mushrooms dishes, that make it known in the area.
Ciminà, this little village of Locri’s area is famous for its “caciocavallo”, a very special type of hard cheese aged in different times that has old origins and that today is a “Slow Food” ‘ s product.
Gioiosa Ionica
In this village, very near to Roccella, is possible to taste the “pezzo duro”, a home made ice cream, dish served, in the flavor of hazelnut, vanilla and chocolate.
Gerace to drink
Here, it’s suggested to taste the very nice white greek, a very sweet white wine, a passito to take with sweets.


Locri and its ancient history
Locri today, it’s one of the most important archeological site of the Magna Grecia. It was built in VIII century a.C., during the second migration by Greeks in our lands. The city became so big to found other colonies in Calabria, such as Hipponion, Vibo Valentia of today. Locri, resisted to all the later dominations like Bruzi and Romans, but gave up under the Saracens, when all the population leaved the cost to have protection in Gerace. Today in the archeological site, it’s possible to admire a whole city realized in a detailed urban system with walls, streets, houses, the agora, the port and several temples. In one of these, that dedicated to Persefone, have been found many pinakes, today guarded in the Archeological National Museum of Reggio Calabria, that are little boards of terracotta representing many ancient legends.
Gerace and its borough
Gerace is a beautiful town located on a level cliff and immersed on the green mediterranean landscape, between olive trees hills, that announce the Aspromonte Mountain, and the blue Ionian sea. It was a big byzantine centre and it became still more important under the Normans. Visiting Gerace is make a jump in the past thanks to its well guarded churches and squares in medieval style.
Serra San Bruno and the Certosa
In this town immersed in the woods of Serre, in the IX century Bruno of Colon decided to stop for passing the last years of his life, founding a Carthusian Monastery, the first in Italy, the Certosa. Still today, monks live in the seclusion and in the isolation of the monastery, that during the earthquake was seriously damaged and then rebuilt in 1900 in a French gothic style.
Bivongi and the Marmarico Falls
The Marmarico Falls with its 144 mt of high are the higher falls of Calabria and South Italy. They rise in the Stilaro river, in the town of Bivongi (RC). The falls, located between the National park of Sila and that of Aspromonte, is in the National Park of the Calabrian Serre.
MuSaBa – Musium/Park of Modern Arts of Mammola
The Musaba Art Hotel is an exclusive centre of modern arts where guests have the opportunity to live in a close relation with art, architecture and nature. The park is a work of the artist Nik Spatari, with possibilities to make art, formative, vacations activities but also presentation of events and communication moments. [Highly recommended]
Gambarie d'Aspromonte
Gambarie, famous for its ski facilities, at 1400 mt of height on the sea level, next to the National Park of Aspromonte, is a protected area among the most important in Italy for its naturalistic and landscape value.
It’s a little town in the Serre Mountains, a very important centre in the production of steel under the Bourbons’ Kingdom, it satisfies naturalistic interests with Villa Vittoria, and cultural-historical ones with the Museum of the Old Foundry of Calabria and the Weapons factory.
The biggest Greek centre in the Calabrian Ionian Coast, with its typical little lanes that climb up the cliff, its several architectural works and its recent archeological discoveries.
The main city of the Region, with its splendid seafront, the Modern Arts Museum MARCA and the wonderful Mediterranean Biodiversity Park. Don’t miss it!
Scolacium Archeological Park (CZ)
This amazing Park, that shows the ruins of the ancient Greek colony Scolacium, is located in Catanzaro Lido nearby the sea. The ruins show the Roman colony built up on the ancient Greek one. It’s perfectly visible to the visitors the paved streets, the aqueducts, the mausoleums, the graves and the thermal baths. Ther is also a theatre, built on the natural inclination of the hill that could host about 5000 people. It was built in the I century and then it was renovated in occasion of the foundation of the new colony by Nerva, when the town had a great growth. The town was renovated many times until the IV century. From the theatre come the majority of the things discovered from the site, like architectural fragments and sculpted groups, that are visible in the Museum of the park. The last discovering has been that of the Amphitheatre, dated at the Imperor Nerva’s era and that could host about 12.000 people. [ Highly recommended ].
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