Castello di San Fili, Riace Calabria Italy ~ Romancing Italy
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Sep 16, 2009

Castello di San Fili, Riace Calabria Italy

An old castle ruin sits on a hill near the Riace Marina in southern Italy. It housed soldiers guarding the coastline from marauders in a previous life. Today it stands alone, neglected except for those looking for an impromptu bathroom. Once in a while, it stands for a few moments in second-hand glory when couples, with a little vision, make the trip to take wedding photos.



Outer staircase to the middle level. The entrance to the ground floor is under the stairs. I did NOT enter the area as it was unceremoniously dotted with discarded nakpins. Although it is currently in deteriorating condition, it was included in 1996 in Legambiente, an environmental organization.


Even in disrepair, the entrance to the castle is still beautiful. The castle is built in the form of a triangle and is separated into three parts with lookouts at the corners. The central area housed the fireplace. A very narrow and low spiral staircase joins all the levels.


View of both land and sea. The tower on the right is part of the stronghold. One thing I notice in Italy is that abandoned homes are generally left intact. This building was stripped; the door was taken as well as the shutters over the windows. The building had been converted into a residence at one time before being abandoned.


Where boats once tried to land and unload Turkish or Saracen warriors to wage war in the 18th century, boats now attempt to land and unload illegal immigrants from the African coast. This abandoned boat was one of the many that make the trip across the Mediterranean loaded full of people looking for a better life even if it begins in an Italian jail.


The remnant of living quarters during the 18th Century beside fortified tower.


Too small to be used like a fireman's drop, it was perhaps used to pass items back and forth from level to level without leaving position.


The roof. The wall reaches about waist high which would be the perfect height for a person to view the ocean while sitting at a table for lunch. It would be a great place for an agriturismo or bed and breakfast, with the layout of the building and with a view like this.


It's not the first time I wished I had lots of money.
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11 comments:

  1. :)Wow that is so beautiful...a great place to meet a lover...oops did I say that out loud.

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  2. louciao at http://ragzedge.blogspot.com/Wed Sep 16, 04:52:00 PM GMT+2

    I was in love with all the beautiful ruins in Calabria when we visited the region 2 years ago. My grandfather was from a tiny Calabrian village that clings to a mountain side and I was the first in our family to visit it since he left all those years ago. I took many photos of the wonderfully crumbling, gorgeously textured palazzos and am now making a series of mixed media paintings from them. I'm delighted to have come across your blog!

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  3. You said what is usually on the minds of a lot of young people. It IS a great place to 'park'.

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  4. Hello louciao - welcome! I see you love the same things I do when I look at a house. I prefer if it is not perfect...I like the texture of the stone, the position and form, the color. I looked at your Calabrian painting and love it. We visited Gerace on a rather blustery day which added a whole new atmosphere to the old center. We keep saying we have to go back on a sunny day.

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  5. I wish the same thing too,so i can travel the world. Those are great pictures of great places.
    Thanks for complimenting my blog. :)

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  6. I wish the same thing too,so i can travel the world. Those are great pictures of great places.
    Thanks for complimenting my blog. :)

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  7. I hope they would restore the castle. It's a waste to see beautiful structures like that go to waste.

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  8. I've been to Riace once... and that staircase to the castle is what I loved best! It's a fun little walk.

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  9. Thanks for stopping by! I wonder what we REALLY would do if we ended up with a lot of cash.

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  10. I know!!!! Although it's on a preservation list, for many years, it seems to be completely neglected. Perhaps it's on a long list...there are so many old, historical places to restore.

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  11. It is a small world after all :). Who would end up at Riace when there are so many other places to go!!

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