Civita is one of the most charming villages in northern Calabria. In the 15th century, Albanian refugees fled to and settled here. Their influence can still be seen and heard today as locals still speak the Albanian language and uphold ancient traditions.
As you walk through this enchanting village, look up and see the ‘comignoli’. The Albanians built these oddly shaped chimney stacks because they believed it would ward off evil spirits.
Just outside the village you’ll find Devil’s Bridge, an ancient bridge linking the two sides of the Raganello canyon.
Legend says that after several unsuccessful attempts of building the bridge, local villagers decided to make a pact with the devil. In exchange for the devil’s help, the soul of the first person to cross the bridge would be sacrificed. However, once the bridge was erected, the villagers made an animal cross the bridge first which infuriated the devil. He kicked the bridge leaving marks that many say can still be seen today.
Whether you believe in legends and superstitions or not, Civita is a great little town with an impressive rich history not to mention it is also surrounded by the stunning natural beauty of the Raganello canyon, Plains of Sibari and the Ionian Sea.
What are some of your favorite small town legends or superstitions?
Image Credits: Carmen Guarascio