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Climb the hills of Cosenza to overlook tile rooftops of buildings clustered in the city with a forested mountain backdrop. Bring good walking shoes to explore the narrow cobblestone streets and steps of the Old Town (Centro Storico), much of which was built in medieval times.
Begin to understand the culture and mingle with locals at the Museo all’aperto Bilotti (MAB), an open-air museum stretching along a pedestrianized street in the modern part of the city. Dalí’s Saint George and the Dragon has a prominent position. Look for The Renaissance of Culture by Mimmo Rotella, a sculpture created after 9/11, symbolizing art’s ability to overcome terrorism. Nearby is Rotella’s less abstract sculpture of a green singing wolf. With many other artworks, as well as shops and restaurants, this is a section of town you’re likely to revisit for photos, meals and souvenirs.
The more traditional archaeological museum Museo dei Brettii e degli Enotri provides evidence of the town’s founding in the 4th century B.C. See extensive artworks from southern Italy in the National Gallery. Walk west along narrow streets to reach the Cosenza Cathedral. Step inside this 11th-century structure that has seen several renovations over the centuries, but still features beautiful stained glass and a Byzantine Madonna. Climb to the 1,000-year-old Castello Normanno Svevo and gaze down upon the Old Town.
The University of Calabria is in the northern outskirts of Cosenza in Arcavacata. Visit its botanical garden, paleontology museum and sports events.
Many natural beauty spots are within a 1-hour drive of Cosenza. Head west to enjoy views of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Stretch out on the soft sands of Amantea’s long beach. East lies Sila National Park and north is Pollino National Park, both offering scenic hiking through mountains and forests and past small villages.
Fly into Lamazia Terme’s airport and drive or take a bus to Cosenza in about an hour or ride the train from Naples in 4 to 5 hours or Rome in over 6 hours. Listen for a friendly “Ciao!”
This family-friendly hotel is located in the city centte, within 2 mi (3 km) of Lake Arvo and Azienda Ospedaliera dell'Annunziata. Duomo di Cosenza and Centro Storico are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Offering direct access to the beach, this Amantea hotel is 6.2 mi (10 km) from Nocera Terinese Beach and within 12 mi (20 km) of Nocera Terinese Sea Walk and Nocera Terinese Church of the Annunciation. Torre Lupo is 12.4 mi (20 km) away.
This Rossano hotel is on the beach, 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Odissea 2000, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Pietrapaola Beach and Amarelli Licorice Factory. Piazza de Mundo and Castello Flotta are also within 12 miles (20 km).
Situated in Cosenza, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Lake Arvo, Azienda Ospedaliera dell'Annunziata and Duomo di Cosenza. Centro Storico and Church of Sant'Agostino are also within 1 mile (2 km).
Nestled on the beach, this Scalea hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of AquaFans Water Park, Cirella Island and Cinema Vittoria Diamante. Sanctuary of S. Maria della Grotta is 9.4 mi (15.1 km) away.
Situated in Cosenza, this guesthouse is close to Azienda Ospedaliera dell'Annunziata, Teatro Morelli and Duomo di Cosenza. Also nearby are Hohenstaufen Castle and Lake Arvo.
Situated in Rende, this property is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from University of Calabria and within 9 miles (15 km) of Lake Arvo and Azienda Ospedaliera dell'Annunziata. Duomo di Cosenza and Church of Sant'Agostino are also within 9 miles (15 km).
This family-friendly San Giovanni in Fiore hotel is located in the mountains, 4.3 mi (6.9 km) from Sila National Park, and within 16 mi (25 km) of Monte Curcio Ski Area and Cabinovia Monte Curcio. Funivia Lorica and Statue of Mattia Preti are also within 32 miles (52 km).