Guided tour of the historical centre of San Giovanni in Fior
Visit inside the Florense Abbey with its crypt.
Discover the traditions of craftsmanship and goldsmiths.
English Expert Guide
Lunch with typical local cusine
About this activity
What's included, what's not
Expert Guide in Italian and English language
Lunch with typical local products at km 0
Small groups of 15 people or less
Transfer from Paola station or Lamezia Airport (if chosen as an option)
Inside visit of the Abbey
What you can expect
Walks through the maze of mediaeval streets and guided tour of San Giovanni in Fiore, located in a sweet place under the summit of Sila National Park.
Your tour begins with a guided tour in the historic centre of San Giovanni in Fiore.
The village is rich in ancient noble residences and a Norman arch introduced by the people in a mediaeval atmosphere of the old town.
Very interesting is the visit to the Museum of the Folk Traditions and Folklore.
The Anthropological Museum aims to strengthen the city's institutional cultural heritage through collections from the early 19th century which includes many images from the collection of Saverio Marra.
San Giovanni in Fiore, is the most populous community in Sila; its historic centre houses several churches, including the Florense Abbey and the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie.
The magnificent Florense Abbey is one of the most important religious buildings in southern Italy. The Abbey was founded in 1189 by the Calabrian abbot Gioacchino di Fiore, whose theological message was centered on the idea that human history is an allegory of the Trinitarian history of God. Joachim, authoritative theologian of his time, was celebrated by Dante in Paradise XII. Thanks to its rich history and the incredible combination of architecture and art, it is a multifaceted city to discover. The guide will take you inside the Abbey and tell you about its incredible history. Enjoy this opportunity as you walk through the abbey to its crypt. The final part of the tour includes a visit to the traditions of San Giovanni in Fiore.
The craftsmanship is in San Giovanni in Fiore very important. Many craftsmen continue the ancient tradition of tapestries that has always characterised the craftsmanship of Sangiovannese. The blankets “Ozaturi in pizzulune”, “trappigne” and “n'cullerata” began to be made in the Middle Ages. To this great and particular tradition has been added the tradition of hand knots. Fabrics of broom, fabrics, linen and silk with precious jewels made in the Norman style.
The art of goldsmith and the artisan workshop continued in San Giovanni in Fiore from tradition to innovation.
Also woods and stones with useful and expressive shapes, with pieces made by patient workers, enhance the constant and hard creative work of these skilled craftsmen.
Once you have finished your tour, relax with a lunch in a typical restaurant in the historic centre of San Giovanni in Fiore.