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The village

Sant’Andrea Apostolo Dello Ionio (CZ) CALABRIA
Via Pino Lombardi s.n.c  - Lungomare

The location of the village of Sant'Andrea is enviable front of the sea and the mountains behind the Serre. A true terrace overlooking the sea which was once a very good defensive position against the Saracen raids and today highlights the Gulf of squillace with its extremes of Capocolonna and Punta Stilo. The territory is well preserved, constitutes a significant environmental heritage, with forests of chestnut, oak and beech. A pristine ecological balance with a series of small waterfalls.

The sea is clean and clear, the beaches are wide and white. St. Andrea the Apostle on the Ionian Sea was founded by Adriano such, then Andrea said. Of its antiquity mention is made in a privilege of Count Roger the monastery of S. Stefano year 1094. The town was built between the X and XI century, near a Grangia Brazilian founded by Byzantine monks escaped the iconoclastic wars. On the hills of St. Andrea, overlooking the valley, you can see the ruins of some witnesses of this historical period: a small Grangia founded around the ninth century called "Gerragiuati" and the church of S. Nicola Cammerota (XI-XII). To the north of the church of Cammerota you can still see the ruins of the Tower of Tralò of Norman.

Another witness is represented by the Byzantine church of Campo where in 1985, during the course of the restoration work, were found precious frescoes of X and XIII. In 1500 the Carthusian monks founded the Grangia which now houses the Sisters of Reparation.
The village was Casale Badolato, was part of the county of Catanzaro and other landowners up to Pignatelli. Independent municipality since 1799 under its present name, it still retains the central tower (square with shoe) of the medieval castle. No mention of his back story as the most important documents perished in the fire of 1806 the municipal archives. Fire due to the French. Today S. Andrea is twinned with the town of Antey Saint Andrey in the Aosta Valley, ski resort.

WHAT TO SEE: The Carthusian Grangia, elegant loggia enclosed by a colonnade of granite, and the majestic entrance gate, the cloister and the interior decoration. The beautiful ancient buildings including Palazzo Damiani century. XVIII with magnificent portal carved in granite. The clock tower of a quadrangular base of mediaeval origin, the church of S. Andrea eleventh century with some paintings and numerous murals, the statue of the patron dated around the year 1000 and the wonderful granite stone staircase. The Museum of Memories. The coast, with its wide white sand beach, offers vacationers a wonderful view. Tourist activity and dining has had a significant boost in recent decades allowing tourists to find a pleasant environment and a proper tourist accommodation.

The Calabria region has been blessed with a geographically diverse landscape, which consists in the hills on one side and a coastline on the other. It is this unique combination that attracts people from all over the world. As if that were not enough, the region is also located in the south of Italy, in conjunction with other popular tourist destinations all over the Italian territory. These countries are a typical example of Italian hill town center, with its characteristic style of the medieval village, along with the remains of ancient civilizations. These villages have the distinction of having old, narrow streets, and numerous ancient monuments.

A short distance from St. Andrea, Calabria offers one of the most beautiful natural scenery that surround an area already full of attractions: the Charterhouse of Serra San Bruno. From here begins the Regional Natural Park of the Serre, which continues through the Aspromonte and Sila with huge pristine forests, streams and waterfalls, including the cascade of Stone River Cupa Guardavalle axes, which can be visited on foot or by car.

Just 10 kilometers from St. Andrea, there Soverato Marina, a bustling tourist center, lively, full of bars, clubs and shops for shopping.

35 km to the north, there is the Archaeological Park of Scolacium, the Squillace of Magna Grecia, evidence of the presence of the Greeks in Calabria and then the Romans. Squillace, the city that was the birthplace of Cassiodorus, has impressive ruins of the Forum, the Basilica, the Thermal Baths and the Theatre.

At 40 kilometers to the south, there is the Cattolica di Stilo, 9th century church, a jewel of Byzantine architecture situated in a breathtaking panoramic position: the village of Riace, famous for the discovery of the Bronze Statues that are preserved in the National Museum of Magna Grecia in Reggio Calabria.

At 70 kilometers there Gerace, considered one of the most beautiful in all of Italy: after traveling through the medieval alleys and old, you get to the castle, overlooking a stunning landscape.
The beaches of St. Andrea are some of the most beautiful places on the east coast of Italy and are famous for their crystal clear sea and exceptionally clean, and the white sand.