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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).
This Rossano hotel is on the beach, 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Odissea 2000, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Amarelli Licorice Factory and Cattedrale. Pietrapaola Beach and Oratory of Saint Mark are also within 12 miles (20 km).
Situated in Rende, this hotel is 1.3 mi (2 km) from University of Calabria and within 9 miles (15 km) of Duomo di Cosenza and Centro Storico. Church of Sant'Agostino and Lake Arvo are also within 9 miles (15 km).
Situated in Roseto Capo Spulico, this spa property is within 25 miles (40 km) of Policoro Oasi WWF, Policoro Castle and National Museum of Siritide. Sibaritide National Archaeological Museum and Archeological Park of Sybaris are also within 25 miles (40 km).
Set in the centre of Rende, this family-friendly hotel is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from University of Calabria, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Lake Arvo and Azienda Ospedaliera dell'Annunziata. Teatro Morelli and Centro Storico are also within 9 miles (15 km).
Situated in Mandatoriccio, this beach property is within 1 mile (2 km) of Castello Flotta and Piazza de Mundo. Pietrapaola Beach is 1.5 mi (2.5 km) away.
Situated in Grisolia, this hotel is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Cirella Island and within 12 miles (20 km) of Cinema Vittoria Diamante and Belvedere Marina. Belvedere Marittimo Castle and AquaFans Water Park are also within 12 miles (20 km).
This family-friendly Rende hotel is located in the business district, 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from University of Calabria, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Lake Arvo and Teatro Morelli. Duomo di Cosenza and Centro Storico are also within 9 miles (15 km).