Amantea, Cosenza, Calabria

History, natural beauty and breathtaking coastlines surround you when you travel in Calabria. It is a place often overlooked when plans to travel Italy are being made making it one of Italy’s best-kept secrets. This Southern region in Italy virtually untouched by tourists is bordered by the Tyrrhenian Sea to the west and the Ionian Sea to the east and boasts some of the most beautiful (and often underrated) coastlines, mountain regions, and ancient hilltop towns in all of Italy.

During my recent visit to Calabria, I was fortunate to see many places in and around the small town I was staying in.I only saw the tip of the proverbial iceberg while I was there but I look forward to returning to experience more of the beauty of the region in which my family is from.

One of these charming places I visited during my recent trip to Italy was Amantea. I had actually been to Amantea during a previous visit but only saw it briefly as I was there for a wedding reception. Amantea is a coastal town on Calabria’s Tyrrhenian coast in the province of Cosenza.


Amantea is full of history, having been occupied by various civilizations whose remnants can be seen sprinkled throughout town. Today Amantea is a bit of a dual personality both historic and modern. The centro storico is set high up in the hills where you will find many churches and the ruins of a Byzantine castle built in 839. Below the old town lies the “new” city with plenty of restaurants, hotels, shops, and piazzas. It is continuing to develop into a popular vacation spot for many Italians.

To learn more about Amantea and check out some photos visit (Italian)

  1. pastor Robert

    September 5, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    God bless Amentea

  2. tonymanocchio baldini

    April 22, 2009 at 11:44 pm

    amantea amazing lived there 11years my family live there they know how to live summer time busy season lots to do food fresh everyday beach clean allways packed poeople towns around it great shopping people very kind drive there rent a car you will see for your self that you dont allways have to to the city hotel rates are better off season you will love it bellissima calabria go take your friends family vai dont wait

  3. Manish Sharma

    January 5, 2009 at 9:27 am

    Nice place….Here you have given good information about travel. Traveling during the holidays is always interesting. I also having some good information about India travel…..

  4. Lisa

    November 18, 2008 at 1:40 pm

    Do you remeber where in amantea the wedding reception was held at and what it was called? I’m planning to get married in calabria, my parents and boyfriends are all from there.

    The wedding reception was held at La Tonnara in Amantea. Here is the website: Hope that helps! 🙂

  5. Leanne in Italy

    November 6, 2008 at 3:03 pm

    Amantea is beautiful! We went there and walked all the way up to the run down castle at the top of the medieval village. There are so many amazing places in Calabria. Did you go to Fiumefreddo? If not you must go next time you are in Calabria. It’s not so far from Amantea.

    No, I have never been to Fiumefreddo but it’s now on my list of places to check out when I’m back in Calabria. Amantea is definitely a beautiful town…..we walked around the centro storico and then along the coastline. We didn’t have time to explore the ruins but I do want to go back and see them.

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