The Stone Ship of Santa Severina

April 1, 2015 / Places
Santa Severina, Calabria

Located 30 minutes inland from Crotone, Santa Severina is a little-known borgo dating back to the 5th Century BC and was one of Calabria’s original Magna Graecia settlements. A few hundred years later, the Byzantines settled the area.

Dominating the splendor of this town is the castle built during the 11th century by the Normans. This fascinating stone castle, referred to as “The Stone Ship”, is one of the best preserved examples of Norman military architecture in Calabria and possibly southern Italy. The castle consists of a 15th Century watch tower with four angular towers surrounded by a moat and fortified walls.


Add to that the intricate dungeons, underground mazes, Medieval frescoes and Baroque paintings and you can quickly understand why The Stone Ship is such important historical and culture landmark for Calabria.

(Many thanks for images to Carmen Guarascio, Francesco Gigliotti, Pablo Garcia)


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.


6 Responses to “The Stone Ship of Santa Severina”

  1. Pat Carney Ceccarelli
    Pat Carney Ceccarelli

    Dear Cherrye, how fascinating! Last night I watched “The Normons on British tv. Next week they will be showing The Normons in Southern Italy. I had not realized the extent of their control and architecture and look forward to the program. Seeing your article has made me put Calabria on my wish list! Many thanks.

  2. louise

    What a hidden beauty. It’s hard to turn around in Italy without coming on another treasure. Thanks for the heads-up, literally!


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