Cirellai s located on the south west coast of Italy
, in the province of Calabria
. It has had an eventful history which dates back to the Greek and Roman periods.
It was raided on various occasions by the Saracens before begin destroyed in 1806 by the French fleet. There are the ruins of a church and a Romanesque bell tower containing the remains of 15th century frescoes. The Mausoleo di Cirella, situated at the foot of the hill, is a tomb from the Roman period.
In the medieval church there is a 16th century bust of the Madonna and Child.
The new Cirella on the coast is a rapidly expanding tourist resort with some beautifully restored villas
, accommodations and holiday lodgings; ranging from apartment rentals, vacation rentals, condo rentals and villa rentals. The town is relatively off the beaten track which means visitors can enjoy less crowded beaches and restaurants.
Praia a Mare, only 26km north of Cirella is a magical town on Italy’s Cedri Riviera - the Citrus Coast - filled with natural wonder, legend and history.
Not to mention many accommodation, vacation rental, condo rental, villa rental and apartment rental choices. Praia a Mare is a naturally inspiring destination that has gone un-noticed by most travelers
who unfortunately have passed up the town’s treasures which include: pedestrian only tree-lined streets and a stunning church, known as “La Madonna Della Grotta” built inside an enormous cave behind the town (look for sign near the Arcate hotel that indicates the Archaeological Zone).
The town is impeccably clean, well-served by trains and buses
, and because empires throughout the centuries have laid claim here, it is home to numerous historical ruins including a prominent Byzantine guarding tower that lies in front of Dino Island and a Spanish Castle.
Praia a Mare is small, and easy to get around with a car or without.
There are numerous accommodations, vacation rentals, apartment rentals, villa rentals and restaurants which are relatively low-cost for what you receive in comparison to other parts of Italy. Praia is an optimal place from which to explore numerous other villages on the Cedri Riviera.
The town is home to Dino Island, whose sandstone circumference includes mystifying cave grottos
, in which an indescribable colour of blue, created by light which comes up through the water, has caused Dino Island to be given UNESCO World-Heritage site
Dino Island, the main attraction which draws visitors from around Europe each year
, is approximately one mile in circumference and is home to six magnificent grottos, easily accessible by paddleboat or canoe that can be rented by any number of beach lidos in operation from May until September.
Travelers have been by-passing Praia a Mare on route to Sicily
, but from May to October, when the weather is good Praia with its host of beautiful accommodation, vacation rental, villa rental and apartment rental options should be considered a "must see" destination for anyone traveling in Southern Italy.