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Tortora is a discovery because it is not just a blue flag. Tortora is the last of the municipalities north of the Tyrrhenian coast.

It is one of the oldest Calabrian cities, with human presence dating back to the Paleolithic, as demonstrated by the remains found in the area during several excavation campaigns.

This year it jumped to the headlines because it was awarded the blue flag for the services offered and for clean waters.

The Marina beach is located on the coastal strip called Riviera dei Cedri and is adjacent to the more famous Praia a Mare.

But if you take the road that climbs towards the mountains, you realize that the view changes.

You pass through remains from the Roman era, a watchtower from the Saracen era and finally, after a few bends, you reach the ancient village.

Tortora is perched on a mountain side of the Pollino National Park.

At the end of the 1st century, on the Palecastro hill, the Roman colony of Blanda Julia was founded in honor of Gaius Julius Caesar, whose nucleus would later give life to the village.

Starting from the 9th century, in fact, Blanda was definitively abandoned due to the continuous Saracen raids.

For this reason, its inhabitants took refuge in the hinterland, where they founded the small village of Julitta located on a rocky spur, which later took the name of Tortora.

The etymology of the name “Tortora” is evidently linked to the Latin term “turtur”. The wild dove is also depicted in the municipal coat of arms.

The Archaeological Museum of Blanda is a sort of itinerary through the various historical periods that saw the development of Blanda and the ancient medieval village.

The exhibits on display cover a period of time ranging from the Bronze Age to the late Roman imperial era.

The Archaeological Museum of Blanda is located in Palazzo Casapesenna, in the historic center of Tortora. < / p>