Palmi
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PALMI

Palmi is a locality along the Tyrrhenian coast of Calabria, situated on a terrace in the valley of the Sant’Elia mountains.

History

Palmi was founded by the inhabitants of Taurianum, in escape from the Saracens. Its name derives from the great presence of palm trees on its territory.

Draught Rais, the pirate, besieged, plundered and destroyed it (1549), but Carlo Spinelli, Duke of Seminara, had it reconstructed, named it Carlopoli and reinforced its defensive wall structure with coastal towers (1565).

It then assumed importance through the Spinelli family with the Bourbons, who made it a district capital (1816).

Palmi was frequently destroyed by terrible earthquakes (1783, 1898, 1908), but always reconstructed.

A visit to the City

Palmi allows pleasant seaside holidays but also gives the possibility of excursions to Monte Sant’Elia and the neighbouring Aspromonte National Park.

The City has a modern look following repeated reconstruction work carried out after seismic events. One must visit the Cathedral containing a wooden statue in its interior, the Immaculate Conception Church and the museum pole of the Casa della Cultura, which holds the Ethnographic Museum, the Modern Art Gallery, the Guerrisi Museum, the Communal Library and the Museum of Antiquities.

The Varia Festival is highly celebrated yearly on 16th August.

Place of interest

- Cattedrale
- Chiesa dell'Immacolata
- Palazzo della Città
- Villa Mazzini
- Marina di Palmi
- Torre delle Pietre Nere
- Monte Sant'Elia: panorama, Chiesa del Soccorso, Chiesa del Crocifisso
- Santuario della Madonna del Carmine
- Visita di Rosarno
- Visita di Seminara
- Visita di Scilla

Museums

- Museo Civico di Etnografia e Folclore
- Museo Michele Guerrisi
- Museo Civico Francesco Cilea e Antonio Manfroce
- Pinacoteca Leonida e Albertina Repaci
- Antiquarium Comunale

Events

- Festa della Varia il 16 agosto
- Festa e processione di San Rocco il 16 agosto
- Festa dei Giganti

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