Ancient city, founded by Greek colonists around the middle of the eighth century BC, it represented for a long time the most important center of Magna Graecia. Pythagoras moved there in 513 BC, contributing to the growth of the city both from a political and military point of view. Crotone is located in one of the most beautiful areas of the entire region, between the deep waters of the Ionian Sea and the woods of the natural parks. Culturally very lively, it offers tourists various opportunities for recreation and a splendid sea where they can simply relax.
- 10 things to see in Crotone in a weekend
- What to see in Crotone in one day: recommended itinerary
- Where to eat in Crotone: the best restaurants
- What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Crotone
- Plan your stay in Crotone: info and useful tips
- User questions and comments
10 things to see in Crotone in a weekend
1 - Piazza Pitagora
Piazza Pitagora is the hub of the city community, the square from which it is possible to look in all directions. It is a wonderful open space capable of welcoming and gathering important events. It is a vibrant place of life and at the same time full of charm, thanks to the presence of arcades, Greek columns, many shops and bars. An excellent starting point for visiting Crotone.
- it's in the city center, less than 2km from the train station, about 20 minutes walking and 5 by car - Get directions
- always accessible
2 - Vicolo degli Abbracci
From an initiative of the youth cultural center, which aimed at a redevelopment of the most hidden alleys of the historic center, this small street has become one of the most photographed destinations in Crotone. Via Milione has been restored and embellished with hundreds of flower boxes, wrought iron works, red hearts and paintings and a beautiful plaque at the entrance invites everyone to a warm embrace, immortalized, of course, by a photo.
- via Milione, in the center, can be reached from the train station in about 7 minutes by car. The bus line n ° 6 leaves on the piazza del Castello and then you can walk for 3 minutes - Get directions
- always accessible
3 - Basilica of S. Maria Assunta
Built in the 1898th century, it has undergone various restorations over time and today it has a neoclassical facade and a large bell tower alongside. Inside, of particular value, we find a baptismal font of the thirteenth century, the marble pulpit built in and the famous Black Madonna, in the chapel dedicated to it.
- in Piazza Duomo, the historic center, it can be reached from the train station in 6 minutes by car or by urban bus line n ° 6 or 20, or in 25 minutes on foot - Get directions
- always accessible
4 - National Archaeological Museum
In a beautiful building in the historic center, this important museum houses a large amount of historical artifacts, arranged on two floors. An entire room is dedicated to finds from the famous Sanctuary of Hera Lacinia. There is also a well-stocked bookshop and a bar.
- in via Risorgimento, the historic center, you can reach it from the train station with the urban bus line n ° 6 or in 10 minutes on foot - Get directions
- every day from 9:00 to 19:30, closed on Mondays
- full € 2,00 - reduced € 1,00 - free on the first Sunday of each month
5 - Carlo V Castle
On the highest point of the city, dominates the surrounding landscape and for this alone it would be worth a visit. Built in 840 AD to defend the territory from continuous Saracen attacks, it was modified by Charles V in 1541 to make it more effective militarily. Over the course of the centuries, it underwent many renovations and embellishments by every family that reigned in the area. The outdoor gardens are also very beautiful.
- piazza Castello, from the station in about 10 minutes by car or by bus line n ° 6 - Get directions
- winter from Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 21:00, Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 to 21:00 - July and August from Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 23:00, Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 to 23:00
- full € 10,00 - reduced € 8,00 - special reduced under € 185,00 - under 6 free. The ticket includes an audio guide in several languages
6 - Church of San Giuseppe
On the uphill road from the Cathedral to the Castle, this church was built in 700 AD and is characterized by Byzantine-inspired tile domes. The door carved in marble and the restored interior are beautiful.
- at the end of Corso Vittorio Emanuele, historic center, from the train station with the urban bus line n ° 6, or in 25 minutes on foot - Get directions
- always accessible
7 - The Garden of Pythagoras
Dedicated to the philosopher who lived here many years, this garden was built to teach through play. Structures and installations help to understand the subjects dear to the famous historical figure, such as mathematics and philosophy. In addition to the garden, in the same structure you can visit the interactive museum.
- slightly away from the historic center, the main entrance is on via Falcone; from the train station with bus n ° 56 you arrive in less than 10 minutes, on foot you need at least 25 - Get directions
- every day from 9: 00 to 19: 00
8 - Church of the Immaculate Conception
The "Crucified Christ", the only crucifix in the world that represents Jesus with open eyes is in this church. All crucifixes represent Christ just before dying with his eyes closed, but the wooden work preserved here is the exception. Built in the th century in a neoclassical style, it also houses a crypt.
- in Corso V. Emanuele, in the historic center, from the station by bus line n ° 6 in about 10 minutes or on foot in 15 minutes - Get directions
- always accessible
9 - Lungomare Gramsci
It is the real business card of the city, recently restored and embellished with many palm trees, it offers the possibility to the inhabitants of Crotone and tourists to walk practically on the beach. Meeting point both day and evening, it is a succession of shops, bars and restaurants and represents one of the points of the city nightlife.
- from the station with bus n ° 56 to Piazza Pitagora, and then change to bus n ° 3. It takes about 15 minutes. If you want to take a walk, take into account that it takes at least half an hour from the station - Get directions
- always accessible
10 - Capo Colonna and Scifo Beach
Capo Colonna is the site where the temple of Hera Lacinia once stood, one of the most important sanctuaries of Magna Graecia, built in the th century BC. Much of the area is today a very suggestive archaeological area, where you can admire the remains of Greek civilization and a museum dedicated to it.
The area is also very rich in vegetation and the view is also beautiful. The Torre Nao and the sanctuary of the Madonna di Capocolonna can also be visited free of charge in the area.
Near Capo Colonna, the beach of Scifo opens up to the visitor with the contrasts of the turquoise sea, the sky and the vegetation that surrounds it. Dominated by the tower of the same name, it is one of the symbolic places of Crotone's seaside tourism.
- from the train station in about 25 minutes by car on the SP 49. The Romano bus lines depart from the square in front of the station (Roman capolinee) and connect Capo Colonna with bus lines on line 13 - Get directions
- every day from 9: 00 to 19: 00
What to see in Crotone in one day: recommended itinerary
Morning: an interesting itinerary to follow for a full day can start from Garden of Pythagoras, to become familiar with the many facets of the city and learn something new while having fun, and then continue towards the historic center. In fact, traveling less than a kilometer, you reach the Cathedral dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta, where to admire the famous Black Madonna.
Not far from Piazza Duomo, the Castle Charles V it will require at least an hour of visiting time, a little more if the annexed gardens are also planned. Going down from the castle hill, you can choose one of the many restaurants to be able to refresh yourself while enjoying the typical Calabrian delicacies.
Afternoon: the next stop, after lunch, is that of archaeological Museum, which is only a 4-minute walk from Piazza Castello, where you can admire a very rich collection of finds from the Iron Age and the Treasure of Hera, found near the sanctuary during excavations in the Capo Colonna Archaeological Park and to which an entire exhibition hall is dedicated.
To try and understand what you have seen and learned at the museum, you have to drive a few kilometers by car or bus and head right to Capo Colonna, in the archaeological area where the Sanctuary of Hera Lacinia. Here, in addition to the archaeological site, it will be possible to visit a small museum, the Torre Nao and the sanctuary of the Madonna di Capo Colonna.
The day is about to end and if you want you can stay on this part of the coast for a dip in the sea, if the period allows, or dine in one of the typical fish restaurants that here also offer a beautiful view.
Sera: after dinner, if you still have enough energy, returning to Crotone, you can stop for a walk on the Gramsci seafront, a place renowned for the city's nightlife.
One day itinerary at a glance
- Breakfast: at the Scerra & Palermo pastry bar, in via Giovanni Paolo II, excellent desserts and good coffee a stone's throw from the gardens
- Pythagoras garden: open every day from 9:00 to 19:00 - ticket price: free
- Duomo: always accessible - ticket price: free
- Castle Charles V: open every day from 9:00 to 21:00 - ticket price: full € 10,00 reduced € 8,00
- Lunch: at the Carlo V restaurant, at the foot of the hill where the castle stands
- archaeological Museum: every day from 9:00 to 19:30 - ticket cost: full € 2,00 reduced € 1,00
- Capo Colonna: every day from 9:00 to 19:00 - ticket price: free
- Price: at the restaurant L'Ancora, in Capo Colonna, fish specialties.
Where to eat in Crotone: the best restaurants
- Charles V: at the foot of the castle of the same name, it is a simple and informal restaurant that offers quality cuisine at good prices. It is also possible to book take-away
Average price per person: € 20,00
Address and contacts: piazza Castello, 8 (Get directions) - tel: 3294311656
- The Anchor: fish restaurant with a splendid view and close to the archaeological site of Capo Colonna. Possibility of tables outside and good service.
Average price per person: € 25,00
Address and contacts: via Hera Lacinia, 193 (Get directions) - tel: 3279446703
- From Hercules: one of the most renowned restaurants in Crotone, offers fresh fish in an elegant setting. Friendly staff and excellent cellar.
Average price per person: € 40,00
Address and contacts: via Gramsci, 122 (Get directions) - tel: 0962901425
What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Crotone
The evenings in Crotone are very pleasant especially in summer, when the climate allows the locals to arrange outdoor tables and organize events, but also in winter there is no lack of possibilities to stay up late. The most fashionable places are located between the historic center and Viale Gramsci and many offer themed evenings, cultural meetings, readings, live music or DJ sets.
The best pubs, clubs and discos
- Barkollo: brewery with small kitchen for aperitifs or quick dinners. Great selection of beers and evenings with live music until late at night.
Address: via C. Colombo, 251 (Get directions) - Facebook page
- Chupa La Chupiteria: obviously the specialty is the chupito but it also offers an excellent selection of wines and beers with a good quality / price ratio. Live music and DJ sets on weekends.
Address: via C. Colombo, 47 (Get directions) - Facebook page
- Bounty Pub: famous for craft beers and cocktails, it offers live bands every Thursday and karaoke on weekends. Open late.
Address: via Traversa V Messina, 11 (Get directions) - Facebook page
Plan your stay in Crotone: info and useful tips
How to reach us
- By train: it is a bit uncomfortable due to the many changes that one is forced to make, at least three, and for the hours of travel. From Naples it's a minimum of 7 hours on regional trains and costs € 26,40. From Reggio Calabria it takes 3 hours and 30 minutes and costs € 14,80. From Bari it takes 5 hours and 30 minutes at a cost of € 22,10.
- By car: Naples is 390 km away taking the A1 up to the deviation for the SS534. From Reggio Calabria it is 200 km north on the E45 until the deviation for the E848, while from Bari it is about 300 km along the E90 southwards - Get directions
- By bus: the buses of the Busitalia and Flixbus companies connect it from the major Italian cities at relatively low prices with minimum fares from € 19,99.
- By plane: the local airport is Lamezia Terme (about 105 km), which connects Milan, Turin, Rome, Pisa, Treviso and Bologna - Flights to Lamezia Terme from € 33,00 -.
For information on transfer times between the city of Crotone and Lamezia airport, visit the website of the Roman bus lines.
Crotone also has its own airport (15 km from the center), however this only operates periodically (connections with Bologna, Pisa and Milan).
How to move and where to park
- Getting around: the city can be visited on foot, but if you don't have a car, you will need to use buses to get to Capo Colonna. The Romano bus lines manage both urban and extra-urban routes (Airport, Capo Colonna, Isola di Capo Rizzuto) and ticket costs are € 1,50 for the 90-minute ride and € 4,50 for the all-day ride .
- Where to park: we suggest the Palamilone car park in via Falcone (Get directions), a stone's throw from the Pitagora Garden and with columns for electric bikes, and the Crotone car park (Get directions), with entrance on the more central Corso Mazzini. The rates for municipal car parks are € 0,70 per hour with a flat rate of € 2,00 if you park the whole day.
Where to sleep and what to see nearby
- Hotel and b & b starting from € 40,00 per room -
- What to see in the surroundings: the seaside village Le Castella (25 kilometers / 30 minutes), famous for the Aragonese Castle, the Greek-Roman archaeological sites and the splendid beaches. Capo Rizzuto (25 kilometers / 30 minutes), one of the most famous seaside resorts in the area but also important for its numerous archaeological sites. The Sila Park (65 km / 1 hour), heading north along the E846, is a natural reserve rich in flora and fauna and characterized by the abundance of water. Here it will be possible to admire waterfalls and lakes, making excursions on horseback, by bike or simply walking