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.