Cosenza - Calabria’s ‘City of Art’

Jul 31, 2019 1433

BY: Francesca Spizzirri

Calabria’s officially declared ‘City of Art’ is a cultural, historical and artistic hub characterized by mountains, valleys, hills and hundreds of miles of spectacular coast. Cosenza’s magnificent landscape is incredibly diverse and runs from the Tyrrhenian shores in the west to the Ionian coast in the east, from the Pollino mountain range in the north to the Sila plateau. It is one of the most populated provinces in Italy with 155 municipalities occupying 44% of Calabria, in essence the whole northern and central part of the region.  

Steeped in history dating back to prehistoric times, Cosenza’s roots can be traced to the Magna Grecia, Romans, Normans, Angevins, Aragonese and Spaniards. This rich history is reflected in local traditions, architecture, culture, and celebrations like Montalto Uffugo's Saracen Festival that unites the past and present. The province is also home to many Arbëreshë communities.  

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