Sila Fridays: Visiting Villaggio Mancuso

 In all of the 73,695 hectares that make up La Sila, no village is more enchanting than Villaggio Mancuso. This petite-sized Alpine community is home to 37 or so inhabitants who feast on their homegrown mushrooms and red hot chili peppers – the food, not the rock band.

 The village is often one of the first places – and in fact one of the only places – in Calabria to see snow.


 Although tourist shops are hard to come by in Catanzaro, Villaggio Mancuso has more than the lion’s share of Calabrian-themed paraphernalia.

 Just be sure you get there before lunch … or they will be closed!

Just off of the main strip is a cul de sac of mountain homes, each one more charming than the other.

 After spending the morning walking along the hills in Villaggio Mancuso and eating at the fabulous restaurant I’ll tell you about next week you can venture into neighboring Taverna. Taverna is the “big city” up there and with 2,668 citizens (1,317 men and 1,351 women … seriously, it says that here) they have reason to boast.

Taverna calls themselves the “City of Art” and offers a museum, Roman churches and noble statues as proof.

So if you find yourself driving along the roads of La Sila Mountains, be sure to look for Villaggio Mancuso … you’ll be glad you did.

Be sure to visit Judith today for her La Buona Cucina Americana bread pudding recipe!

7 Responses
  1. joanne at frutto della passione

    I love the architecture of mountain villages. The slanted rooves and the carved wooden balconies … I can’t get enough of them!
    I love them, too. So quaint!
    joanne at frutto della passione’s last blog post..The Nibble Gourmet Food Magazine Website of the Month November 2008

  2. Steve Mancusi

    My grandfather Vincenzo Mancuso was from Nicastro and my grandmother Angelina (Caruso) Mancuso was from Catanzaro. They came to the United States in the early 1900’s. My grandfather had a brother by the name of Francesco. Could you send me any brochures on Villaggio Mancuso? My name is Stephen Mancusi 116 Klondike Ave #302, HAverhill,MA 01832-8620. Thank you.
    I wonder if you are related at all to some of the guests we had at our B&B last year. They were Mancusos, too and had family ties to Villaggio Mancuso. Next time I go to VM I can see if I can find some brochures for you. I haven’t seen any here in Catanzaro.

  3. bob ferragine

    dear sir,
    i am looking for the family of rosa mancuso. i’m sure she is deceased now. i was in catanzaro in 1975 and am going back in oct this yr. 2010. her brother was dominic ferragine who was my grandfather. i am trying to find any family members of the ferragina family. if i do so i will need a place to stay ( hotel, bed and breakfast, etc.) for my self and wife. please get back to me if u have any info on the above.i’m sure they lived in catanzaro sila.
    bob ferragine [email protected]

    Sending you an email, Bob.

  4. Joanna M. Defeo

    Like Stephen, my cousin, my grandparents are Vincenzo and Angelins Mancusi(o). I would welcome any information you can give me about my ancestry.

    Stephen, if you read this, please email me: [email protected]. I live in Winthrop, MA and would love to see you!

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