Gerace, located in the Aspromonte Mountains, is considered to be the best-preserved medieval village in Italy. Its beauty and architecture are the reasons why it is referred to as “The Florence of the South”.
There was a time when visiting Gerace would have been difficult, with its well-fortified outer walls and twelve gates (four of which still stand today) that protected this beautiful village from invaders.
Today, Gerace is divided into five areas—the castle, the main town, the Borghetto, the “large hamlet,” and the plain—but it is “Il Baglio,” the area above the historical center, just in front of the castle, that will take your breath away with its unbelievable views and panoramic landscape.
Walking from the castle toward the Duomo, you will pass many of the villages important monuments, such as the “Prison of the five martyrs from Gerace,” Lucifer’s portal and the marble municipal building. However, the star of Gerace is its Duomo, an 11th Century Norman Cathedral—the largest religious structure in Calabria.
You will be taken back in time as you walk the narrows streets of Gerace and admire the architecture that has been virtually untouched by modern construction.