Photographs of Castrovillari, a historic town in the foothills of Calabria, Italy, with a castle and monastery

Photographs of Castrovillari, in Calabria, Italy

Since ancient times, the city of Castrovillari has occupied a verdant valley at the feet of snow-capped Mount Pollino on the very northern border of Calabria. Hidden amongst its many winding lanes are an Aragonese castle, the 11th-century sanctuary of Santa Maria del Castello, the church of the Holy Trinity and a beautiful Renaissance convent dedicated to St. Francis of Assisi. Located right off the A3 autostrada just halfway between Naples and Sicily, it makes a perfect stopping off place if you're driving through the southern half of Italy.

Our favorite place to stay in this area is La Locanda di Alia,
which also has a 5-star restaurant charging 3-star prices.