Nestled into the heart of La Riviera dei Cedri, Cirella is a seaside town on Calabria’s northern Tyrrhenian coast. This beautiful coastline takes its name from the ancient cultivation of the cedro, a large citrus fruit commonly called citron in English. The cedri not only perfume the air but flavor many local dishes and liqueurs.
Like many towns along the Riveria dei Cedri, Cirella is a popular summer spot. The water is exquisite and from the beach you can enjoy the view of Cirella Island just off the coastline.
Perched atop the island are the ruins of a military fort built in the 1500s to prevent attacks from Turkish pirates but the island’s history is believed to go back even further due to artifacts found dating back to Greek and Roman times.
Cirella and Cirella Island along the Riviera dei Cedri may both be small, yet as you can imagine from these images, they make a huge impression on anyone who visits.