Eco-Printing and a Day in the Caulonia Countryside

The Sunday trip is very famous Italia. Just a little outdoors, just a little culture, and the majority to consume. Lately, I happened upon a trip from Reggio Calabria to Caulonia. Your day ended up being to feature Caterina Nitta, a place craftswoman who’d demonstrate “eco-printing” and serve a in your area prepared lunch.

The parties involved were people of numerous clubs with missions of distributing area culture, safeguarding nature and also the atmosphere, in addition to promoting local products. Reggio Calabria to Caulonia is around an hour . 5 drive, north in the Tyrrhenian coast to Rosarno, past olive orchards and over the hillsides from the Aspromonte Mountain tops towards the Ionian coast and east to Caulonia. The day’s destination was a classic mill around the Fiumara Amusa (river).

The historic mill sits underneath the careful eye of Caulonia proper, which instructions in the crest of the 300-meter (984-feet) hill over the riverbed. The dramatic high cliff is really a fortress by itself. Four stone gateways result in the historic center’s narrow roads full of numerous old places of worship and structures. The city got its name from Kaulon, an ancient greek language colony which was founded nearby. Today, the Kaulon archeological site could be visited along with its adjacent museum across the coast within the capital of Scotland- Monasterace.

I had been taking part in exactly what the Italians would call a Campagna, a countryside outing. The sun’s rays shone as women transported assorted containers, pans and trays laden using the afternoon’s repast using their vehicles towards the little mill. A makeshift table held the meals, and straightforward wooden chairs were thrown concerning the room.

Even though the Mulino has been from service for around half a century, water ongoing to roar beneath the mill that were employed for grinding wheat, corn along with other grains. Inside, a photograph from the last magnate (miller) hung on your wall alongside articles of women’s clothing.

A Ghost Town in Calabria

Otherworldly screams? Laments in the afterlife? The bloody hands from the demon? Poor people capital of Scotland- Pentedattilo around the fringe of the Aspromonte Mountain tops within the southern tip of Calabria has witnessed everything. Earthquakes and precarious shifting of soil given the ultimate blow. However this cluster of edifices clinging to some strange rock formation, finally abandoned completely within the 1960s, appears to possess been biding it is time. Possibly this ghost town just wasn’t ready to stop the ghost, who it’s stated, there are lots of.


Before the figures of the unsettling story of horror discovered the scene, the jagged outcropping set amongst rugged, correspondingly disjointed hillsides already were built with a considerable history under its belt. Its shape has surely attracted the attention of who’ve passed, and also the ancient Greeks, who settled the region within the seventh-century B.C. have the effect of its name which has survived even today.

Pentedattilo: Penta daktylos = five fingers. From our Greco-Calabro or Greek-Calabrian dialect, the town’s name is Pentadattilo. El born area continues to have strong ties using its Greek heritage, that is reflected within the language and customs.

The name unquestionably matched the look from ancient occasions up with the last couple of century. The hands welcomed the Romans, the Byzantines and most of the people throughout its lengthy feudal history.

Edward Lear, British artist, and author, clearly saw the hands in 1847. He incorporated a picture and outline from the formation in the book Journals of the Landscape Painter in Southern Calabria: “The appearance of Pentedatilo is perfectly magical … Wild spires of stone skyrocket in to the air, barren and clearly defined, within the form (since its name implies) of the gigantic hands from the sky, as well as in the crevices and holes of the fearfully savage pyramid the homes of Pentedatilo are wedged, while darkness and terror brood total the abyss for this, the strangest of human abodes.”