Festa at Placanica in Calabria ~ Romancing Italy

Aug 11, 2011

Festa at Placanica in Calabria

Placanica is another charming hilltop village in Calabria that is filled with ancient ruins and a very old historic center. I am always amazed at how villages are constructed with homes practically one on top of the other and then ends up charming.

The poster announced that the town would be lit up only by candlelight, which I thought would be an enchanting sight. We headed out from Riace where the air was so still, it was practically suffocating. We arrived at Placanica in the midst of a "hurricane". Unless they were covered, I didn't think there would be any candles lit that night. In fact there weren't any, and not because of the wind, but because I was one night too early!!

The stairs lead to an overlook with an amazing view of the valley below. Tonight it was too windy to appreciate, and too dark!

My love of old doors and entryways. How I'd LOVE love love to have one of these on a front entrance. This led to a narrow staircase with the name "Vico P". 

The ancient olive press that sits at the entrance of the Domenican Convent, founded in 1470. The convent is one of the oldest in Calabria.
Ruins from the "original" church from the '400's remain in the restored Chiesa di Santa Catarina. "Original" means that the first construction had been modified over the years in various styles. The face of the church, not shown, reflected the Baroque period.

Musicians playing the Tarantella, typical music of the area. Fun to watch as some of them pulled local youngsters from the crowd to dance. I had some of the best ribs ever at the outdoor kiosk. The only drawback to the meal was having to weigh everything down from the gusts of wind, especially the wine.
View of the theatre where we wanted to see Paolo Migone, a comic, perform. Of course that would be the next day. We didn't stay for the concert which was scheduled to start at 11pm. Way too late for me.
The houses in this old historic area were built from limestone that was ground, boiled to make a paste, cooled off over a period of days before it could be used to form the bricks of the house. Talk about time consuming but they have stood up well to the test of time.


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