Cortale is located in the isthmus of Catanzaro
The narrowest part of Calabria, on a hill overlooking vast plains and suggestive valleys, with a beautiful open view over the two seas between the Gulf of Sant’Eufemia and that of Squillace.
The historic center, despite the earthquakes of 1783 and 1905, is still a valid testimony of the past today.
At the end, the ancient atmosphere of the village is renewed by walking through the alleys dominated by tunnels in tuff stone or by climbing the steps that characterize the landscape.
The history of Cortale is almost a thousand years long, and begins when some Basilian monks founded the Monastery of Santi Anargiri Cosma e Damiano, which is the nucleus of the town’s origin.
The oldest part of Cortale was destroyed by the earthquake of 1783.
After this catastrophe a new village is built where most of the population moves.
Among the monumental assets of great interest we find the Church of Santa Maria Cattolica Maggiore built in the eighteenth century.
Of great historical interest is the Lavatoio delle Olive, which represents a testimony of industrial archeology.
To get in touch with the most uncontaminated nature, breathe pure air and get away from the frenetic pace of the city, we recommend a walk in the “Suspended Wood”, or a park immersed in the woods of the Calabrian Serre located in the Cortale area.
Among the personalities of the place we remember the painter Andrea Cefaly, who was born in Cortale in 1827.
Belonging to a family of the Calabrian middle nobility, he was educated in the Neapolitan cultural environment. In Cortale he founded the School of painting which took the name of “Cortalese School”. His works reflect moral and patriotic, literary and religious themes, without forgetting the atmospheres of his land and the feelings of his family life. His art is placed between the experiences of Neapolitan realism and that of the Tuscan Macchiaioli.
In the area of the former abbey of Cortale, a stone find of very ancient origins was discovered. The betyl, a stone to which a sacred function was attributed as the home of a divinity or because it was identified with the divinity itself, bears the oldest inscription of Magna Graecia and is now kept in Palazzo Valdesi
Below you can find the video I posted on the channel to show you the places I described previously. Good vision