July 4, 2017

Around the Web — The Castle of Roseto Capo Spulico: Templars, Tuna and Truffles in Calabria

Castle Roseto Capo Splice on State Road 106, along the Ionian Coast
Photo courtesy of Calabria: The Other Italy
Reprinted from Calabria: The Other Italy

The castle of Roseto Capo Spulico turns heads. Fused to a rocky cliff right at shore’s edge, the striking monument along the Ionian Sea is situated on the Calabrian side of the border between the southern Italian regions of Calabria and Basilicata. I had admired the majestic structure from train and bus windows before recently having the opportunity of viewing this Calabrian landmark up close and personal.

I was driving along state road 106 that flanks the Ionian coastline from Taranto to Reggio Calabria. Having shortly passed the town of Policoro in Basilicata, I was still musing on the area’s exceptional strawberries when before I knew it, the castle was upon me. With a simple left-hand turn I was in the parking lot and as my stomach had been letting me know it was time for lunch, I happily discovered there was also a restaurant on the premises. Continue reading