Somewhere, 40 minutes from Catanzaro, nestled in the Crotone District and backed into the Ionian Sea is Calabria’s very own sand castle.
It is true!
Well….it LOOKS like a sand castle.
According to the official website for Le Castella, the goddess Calypso lived there with Ulysses “for a long, long time.”
The geographical location of Punta Castella was created as part of the “Friendship Treaty” between Rome and Taranto in 304 B.C. In accordance with this treaty, Roman ships were not allowed to navigate in the eastern part of Capo Licinio. The people of Taranto set up a lookout post at Le Castella to see ships arriving from the Tyrrehenian Sea and heading towards Taranto.
And, it is still standing today.
Visitors pay €2 to enter the ancient palace when there is someone waiting at the gate. When there isn’t someone visitors usually just walk in. There are few markers and it is difficult for the untrained eye to recognize various rooms. But the view is amazing.
Wouldn’t you agree?