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Ex Convento dei Cappuccini | Belmonte Calabro (CS) | Calabria | South Italy

House | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 5

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

A short distance of the old Town of the small village of Belmonte Calabro, is located the old Convent. You are immediately greeted by a courtyard with a fountain. In the main structure lives Paola Scialis with her own family, during the French occupation in Calabria ( XVII Century ) her ancestars acquired the monastery.

In one wing of the Monastery Paola has a “holiday home”, with indipendent entrance and a private garden. The big entrance hall with a kitchenette and a dining table have two bathroomsnwith shower and washing machine. The living room area is accessed by two steps, 'the lower zone' is provided with a cozy seating area that become two single beds and 'the upper zone' the sleeping area, is equipped with double bed and a cradle.

From all the windows of the apartment there is a splendid view of the natural landscape, composed in countryside and hills. The former conventi s surrounded by an alive grove, of vegetable gardens ( cultivated according to the principles of the organic farmingland a vegetable garden synergistic cultivated far the guest of ' Casa Cappuccini ' and splendid citrus grove, by now a Century.

For those who want to spend a holiday-trekking, Belmonte Calabro is crossed by one of hte few reported by the CAI (Sentiero CAI nr.815) that goes right out the front door of the Monastery, the “path Drogone de Beamont” that crosses from the sea (Marina di Belmonte) goes through the Mausoleum of Michele Bianchi (Italian political of fascism) the old town of Belmonte.

Then you pass through a beautiful countryside with breathtaking view of the sea up to the Monte (mountain) Cocuzzo (1541 m). The ascent takes about 8 hours, the descent about 6 hours.

Calabria offers also three natural reserves ( Pollino, Aspromonte, Sila ) where you can walk alone or go on a guided tour.

Size Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach Belmonte marina 3 km
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car essential
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Aeroporto Internazionale di Lamezia Terme 45 km, Nearest railway: Amantea 6 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, Yes, smoking allowed

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Sea view
General Central heating, TV, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Hair dryer
Utilities Cooker, Fridge, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1)
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden
Access Parking

Southern Italy region

Calabria is connected by the Monte Pollino massif, while on the east, south and west it is surrounded by the Ionian and Tyrrhenian seas. The region is a long and narrow peninsula which stretches from north to south for 248 km (154 mi), with a maximum width of 110 km (68 mi). Some 42% of Calabria's area, corresponding to 15,080 km2, is mountainous, 49% is hilly, while plains occupy only 9% of the region's territory. It is separated from Sicily by the Strait of Messina, where the narrowest point between Capo Peloro in Sicily and Punta Pezzo in Calabria is only 3.2 km (2 mi).

It is mainly a mountainous region. Three mountain ranges are present: Pollino, La Sila and Aspromonte. All three mountain ranges are unique with their own flora and fauna. The Pollino Mountains in the north of the region are rugged and form a natural barrier separating Calabria from the rest of Italy. Parts of the area are heavily wooded, while others are vast, wind-swept plateaus with little vegetation. These mountains are home to a rare Bosnian Pine variety, and are included in the Pollino National Park. La Sila is a vast mountainous plateau, about 1,200 metres above sea level, which stretches for nearly 2,000 square kilometres along the central part of Calabria. The highest point is Botte Donato, which reaches 1,928 metres. The area boasts numerous lakes and dense coniferous forests. The Aspromonte massif forms the southernmost tip of the Italian peninsula bordered by the sea on three sides. This unique mountainous structure reaches its highest point at Montalto, at 1,995 metres, and is full of wide, man-made terraces that slope down towards the sea.

In general, most of the lower terrain in Calabria has been agricultural for centuries, and exhibits indigenous scrubland as well as introduced plants such as the prickly pear cactus. The lowest slopes are rich in vineyards and citrus fruit orchards. The Diamante citron is one of the citrus fruits. Moving upwards, olives and chestnut trees appear while in the higher regions there are often dense forests of oak, pine, beech and fir trees.

The climate is influenced by the mountainous and hilly relief of the region: cold in the area of Monte Pollino, temperate with a very limited temperature range in the area of Aspromonte, while the Sila and Serre massifs ensure greater humidity on the Tyrrhenian coast and a drier climate on the Ionian coast.

Amantea

Belmonte was founded in about 1270, under the reign of King Charles I of Anjou, with the construction of a castle in the territory of Amantea by Drogone di Beaumont, the marshal responsible for new fortification in Calabria, in order to provide resistance against partisans fighting for the claimant Conradin of Hohenstaufen.

During the War of the Sicilian Vespers (1282), Belmonte was conquered by Sicilian-Aragonese troops. It was elevated to the status of county, and assigned to Peter Salvacossa. In 1360 the county was awarded by Queen Joan II of Naples to a family of Amantea, which maintained it until 1443. In that year the Aragonese transformed Belmonte into a barony and assigned it to the Tarsia family, who maintained it until 1578. During the feudal tenure of this family the petrarchan poet Galeazzo di Tarsia composed his canzoniere, or Book of Songs, in the castle of Belmonte.

Under the Tarsia lordship, Belmonte was besieged several times: during the invasions of Charles VIII and Louis XII of France, between 1495 and 1503, and again in 1528 under the French marshal Lautrec. The Tarsia were succeeded by the Ravaschieri Fieschi, of the Counts Fieschi di Lavagna, an ancient family of powerful Genoese bankers. Feudal tenure of Belmonte is recorded to have been purchased from the Tarsia for 28,220 ducats. Under the Ravaschieri churches were constructed in Belmonte, fortifications built and palaces laid out, including the Palazzo Ravaschieri Fieschi della Torre. In 1619 the title of Prince Belmonte was granted to the Ravaschieri Fieschi by King Philip III of Spain.

The Principate of Belmonte was further enlarged in 1630 with the purchase of the town of Amantea and the manor of Saint Peter. In 1647, during the revolt of Masaniello, the Prince provided 200 of his armed Belmontese vassals to Naples to assist the Viceroy. In 1685, the Ravaschieri family had no male heir, and the principate of Belmonte passed first to the Pinelli by marriage and then in 1722 again by marriage to the Pignatelli.

Prince Antonio Pignatelli, 6th Prince of Belmonte by marriage and a Prince of the Holy Roman Empire, minted his own coinage among which was the famous "zecchino of Belmonte", a gold coin on which appears both the Prince's head and coat of arms. In 1806 and 1807 Belmonte supported Amantea and Fiumefreddo while under siege by French troops commanded by General Peyri. Belmonte's castle was the last to surrender. Under the French, Belmonte became the centre of the administrative area of Crati, comprising the territory that reaches from Amantea to Guardia Piemontese and including the cities of Aiello, Altilia, Mangone and Rogliano. With the proclamation of the Kingdom of Italy in the late 19th century, Belmonte gained the additional name of Calabro, to distinguish it from other Italian places of the same name.

The coat of arms of Belmonte itself is a palm between two towers under a princely crown. The two towers represent the fortifications of Verri and Barbarise, with the palm symbolizing the countryside between. The crown represents the historical connection with the Belmonte Princes.

Belmonte was in the news on 5 December 1930, when the English aviators Winifred Spooner and Captain Edwards were forced by mechanical breakdown to ditch into the sea whilst en route from London to Cape Town, South Africa, in what had been planned as a 5 days and nights record breaking attempt. Winifred Spooner swam the 3 kilometers to shore in complete darkness and alerted local fishermen who rescued Captain Edwards and the plane.

Main sights

Palazzo Ravaschieri Fieschi della Torre (17th century)

Castle, erected around 1271

Collegiate church of Santa Maria Assunta (16th century)

Church of the Immacolata Concezione (17th century)

Capuchins' Convent (17th century)

Palazzo Rivellino (17th century)

City walls and coastal watchtowers

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6 Oct 2013

5/5

"Very nice place to stay and to explore Calabria"

Wir haben zwei wunderschöne Wochen in der Casa Cappuccini verbracht. Die sehr schöne Wohnung, der Garten und das Kloster bilden einen sehr guten Standort, die Umgebung (Bergwandern etc.) zu erkunden… More

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16 Sep 2013

5/5

"Posto incantato: bellezza, cultura, pomodori di belmonte e tanta accoglienza"

Siamo stati ricevuti con un cesto pieno di pomodori, cipolle e cetrioli dell'orto....Paola e Stefano sono ospiti davvero accoglienti.La struttura è meravigliosa, un ex convento del'600, cur… More

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Calendar last updated:26 Nov 2014

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