An afternoon in the Byzantine Rossano

An afternoon in the Byzantine Rossano

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An afternoon in the historic center of Rossano – municipality of Corigliano-Rossano (CS) – immersed in the flavors and traditions of a village with a unique charm.

First stop at the “Giorgio Amarelli” Liquorice Museum and at the adjoining factory for the guided tour. The Museum has been awarded the Guggenheim Prize Enterprise of Culture, Special Prize “Il Sole 24 Ore”. The Museum of Liquorice is the second most visited industrial museum in Italy. Inside you will breathe the history of a family business handed down from the eighteenth century until today.

At the end, we will head towards the historic center of Rossano along the scenic route that offers a wonderful view of the entire plain of Sybaris.

Our walk will take us to admire the beauty of this impressive village full of history. Right away you will realize its beauty. Walking among the many noble buildings, we arrive in Piazza Steri, the nerve centre of the cultural and social life of the city even today.
We will go up a little further and visit the Church of San Bernardino and its homonymous palace, which hosts many events during the year.

Inside the cloister of Palazzo San Bernardino you can perceive the history that has its roots in past centuries. From here, the walk will take us in front of Palazzo Martucci, one of the most significant noble palaces and from the square in front we can enjoy a spectacular and unique view of the ancient village.

Our visit will culminate in the Cathedral-Sanctuary containing the Byzantine icon of the Madonna Achiropita.

Following, entrance to the Diocesan Museum and Codex to admire the precious evangelary: the PURPUREO CODEX. This is the oldest illustrated Gospel Book in the world, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Memory of the World category. The manuscript dates back to the 6th century and features painted figures among the earliest depictions of Christ.

At the end of the visit you can immerse yourself in the flavors of the Rossanese tradition with a typical aperitif in a local historical which collects the excellence of the territory in a single point of refreshment.

Our visit will end at the Church of San Marco, dating back to the IX-X century and symbol of the Byzantine period that crossed the city thanks to which Rossano is called “the Ravenna of the South” .

At the end typical dinner in a restaurant.

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