The Legend of King Alarico’s Tomb

January 20, 2016 / Art & Archaeology
Cosenza, Calabria

Over recent months, the whereabouts and authenticity of King Alarico’s tomb has been greatly discussed and debated. King Alarico, the King of the Visigoths, was famous for his role in the fall of the Roman Empire in the fifth century.

The Burial of King Alarico

As the legend goes, he died in Cosenza and is believed to have been buried along with his massive treasure under the Busento and Crati rivers at the point where they meet. To do this, the Busento River was temporarily redirected in order to build Alarico’s tomb in the riverbed. This was done using slaves who were then killed so that the location of this precious grave would be kept a secret.

Cosenza Ponte Alarico Calabrisella Mia
The meeting point of the Busento and Crati River as seen from Ponte Alarico (Alarico Bridge)

The famed treasure of Alarico is believed to include gold, silver and the Menorah from the Second Temple in Jerusalem, originally looted by the Romans. Many, including the Nazis, have tried to find this coveted treasure but this massive wealth has yet to be found.

In October 2015, Italian archaeologists along with the support of local authorities began an official and intensive search for the treasure, enlisting the use of many technological gadgets. With the advancements we have today, will the treasure finally be found or will it forever remain a mystery?

Image Credits:  Wikimedia Commons, Calabrisella Mia

Cherrye Moore

by Cherrye Moore

Cherrye Moore is owner of My Bella Vita Travel, a boutique tour operator specializing in custom vacations and heritage tours in southern Italy. Join her in June or September for the Small Group Heritage Tour of Calabria – a unique small group tour that combines group travel with a private heritage tour, or in September for the Undiscovered Southern Calabria and Eastern Sicily Tour.


5 Responses to “The Legend of King Alarico’s Tomb”

  1. Riccardo

    Interesting! Hope the King and his treasures are found and displayed in Calabria.

  2. Victoria De Maio

    I love these legends and tales! Thank you for sharing this one…it will be very interesting if the funds come through to see if this one is true!

  3. Gian Banchero

    Imagine, burying Alarico UNDER a river, fantastic! Thankfully the Nazi never got to it.


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