Italy and Europe: travel and leisure
Santa Severina or, as Italians say, “Santa Severina” – a small commune in eastern Calabria – was founded more than fifteen centuries ago by the Greeks. It is cheaper for tourists to get from Naples to the region by train, or by ferry, which takes you to Reggio Calabria. The city is located on a high hill and to get there, you need to overcome more than one hundred steps and steep climbs. The applied efforts pay off with interest when the walls of a medieval castle, the Cathedral and the central square of the city open to tourists.
Sights of the city Despite the fact that the residents of Santa Severina enjoys even just walking along the narrow streets of their hometown, the list of sights of the commune is rather big: St. Filimenta church; Addolorata Church; Norman Castle; Cathedral of St. Anastasia; Byzantine Baptistery; Monastery of the Calabrian Madonna.
The Norman Castle provides daily guided tours and souvenirs made of clay and glass, while churches of the High Middle Ages impress with their age and incredible frescoes. All cultural monuments are open daily for tourists, thanks to guides you can discover an extensive layer of the history of Italy and Santa Severina. On weekends, locals come to the Cathedral to listen to touring pianists; music groups often come to the city itself, who perform for free on the main square.
Learning for pleasure At the foot of Santa Severina, there is an Italian summer school for foreign tourists. The school is taught by upscale teachers, training is carried out at different levels. Students have a wonderful opportunity to learn the language in the morning, and in the evening to practice pronunciation and communication in the central square of the city. The school provides accommodation and three meals a day, excursions to nearby cities, and field trips.
At the end of the month’s training, students pass an Italian proficiency test and receive an appropriate certificate. Weekend on the lake in the national park A few hours drive from Santa Severina is the territory of the National Park of Strength. This incredibly beautiful park was one of the first in all of Italy. The combination of azure lake and fragrant needles relaxes and nourishes you. Families, big companies and couples come here.
At the disposal of vacationers are large wooden tables, benches, a place for barbecue and outdoor activities. In addition, here, depending on the season, you can go fishing, rent a boat, try a dish of local cuisine or even go skiing. Yandex.Direct How easy is it to learn English? 16+ Unusual excursions in Venice 18+ Hospitable people of the city Separately, it should be said about the openness of the local population. It is well known that southerners are distinguished by their hospitality and sense of humor. Residents of Santo Severina are no exception.
They are always ready to help, lend, ride in their car, or invite a foreigner hardly known to their birthday. Of course, this attitude captivates tourists and visitors, forcing them to come back here again and again. The city is worth a visit to everyone who is tired of a typical vacation on the Italian coast and does not mind plunging into the history of the Middle Ages.