Describe your accommodation
This house is a full-fledged house in which to live the spaces shared with the host, but also those reserved for guests where they can devote time to meditation, rest, privacy. In the morning Stefania prepares local atmospheres and flavors to have a special good morning.
From the Pollino mountains it will be possible to taste native products and officinal herbs. For the more active Stefania reserves walks along ancient paths to explore the magical world of the Raganello canyon. Walk with her through the small streets of the village to discover the artistic masterpieces of the chimneys and the Kodra Houses and experience the ethnic values of the Italian-Albanian culture that has lived here for 5 centuries.
The house is dedicated to the curious artistic artifacts of Civita, the chimneys, one different from the other, are the result of artistic flair and technical engineering and characterize the village by standing out on the roofs of all the houses.
It was born from the recovery of a building from the 1800s. The rooms have been re-proposed creating a family atmosphere in which stone and wood recount the lifestyle of the past. Guests will be able to enjoy the numerous common spaces distributed over three levels: on the ground floor a large open kitchen with a hobby / breakfast room is the place dedicated to socializing and sharing food preparation. The middle floor has a large fireplace to spend the time devoted to conversation and reading. The upper floor is dedicated to privacy: 2 bedrooms with private bathroom and panoramic verandas for a total of 5 beds, give the opportunity to enjoy the silence, tranquility and the view to the sea of this small village suspended in time.
Stefania shares her lifestyle with her guests: zero-kilometer and seasonal food, walks immersed in the wild nature of eastern Pollino and workshops to discover forgotten dishes, the rites and flavors of the Italian-Albanian tradition that has been handed down for 5 centuries .
A village of Italian-Albanian historical origins dating back to 1400 – at the extreme north-eastern border of Calabria – in the province of Cosenza, on the southern slopes of the largest protected area in Italy – the Pollino National Park. On this eastern side one is captured by the intrusive and extraordinary beauty of the landscape, characterized by heights of rocks, called in the local jargon “timpe”, which form the canyon of the Raganello stream, among which the mythical devil’s bridge stands suspended in the abyss. , a popular destination for enthusiasts and sportsmen and an undisputed place for falcon and protected species. In this superb landscape, Civita is perched overlooking, on the horizon, the placid and wise sea of the Ionian coast, where ancient Magna Graecia cities have arisen. Civita is the “orange flag” Touring Club and one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. Its geological heritage is Geo Unesco site.
Civita is the town of chimneys and Kodra houses. The very original artistic artifacts, the chimney pots, the result of craftsmanship are one of the reasons why you visit Civita together with the anthropomorphic houses, the contemporary discovery of an ancient language.
Its centuries-old Italian-Albanian culture is breathed in the air; the ancient language of 5 centuries ago is still spoken
and their origins are remembered with folkloric events including the historical Vallje, the ethno-choreutic dances on Tuesday after Easter dedicated to the Albanian epic hero Giorgio Castriota Skanderbeg.
The Arbresh Ethnic Museum is the precious witness that for 89 years has been protecting and enhancing the Italo-Albanian ethnic-historical identity through its exhibition rooms and cultural activities. In the Church of S. Maria Assunta of the Greek Byzantine rite with icons and furnishings of the Byzantine liturgical tradition you can breathe the oriental spirit.
Getting around the area
Direct buses are available to the train station and the bus stop to the main Italian cities (max 18 km away). Rental service to and from Lamezia Terme airport (140 km). The entrance to the Mediterranean motorway is only 7 km from Civita. Own car is recommended. Civita is the starting point for numerous excursions in the Pollino National Park. The beaches of the Ionian coast (Sibari) are only 15 km away. Ideal for mountain biking, running and nature walks.
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