Monday, April 28, 2008

Mosics in Calabria, Italy

Italian art includes the finest and oldest mosaics known to humanity. Calabria is a region in southern Italy where one can still find a mosaic tradition that began in ancient Rome over 2000 years ago.

This Calabria Italy travel video takes place in one of Italy's least explored regions, yet in the region of great history, culture and import, Calabria.

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Calabria is fraught with economic problems, but it hasn't always been that way. Sybaris is an ancient Greek city near Corigliano, founded in 710 BC. It was known for its luxury, giving rise to the modern meaning of "sybaritic" as a word applied to almost unimaginable wealth. Some of Calabria's most exqusit ancient mosaics can be found there.

Calabria is framed by 800 km of coast line, touching two seas — the Tyrrhenian and Ionian. In between, a dramatic, lush landscape is dotted with cities celebrating rich historic heritages worth preserving and exploring ...but there is nothing there so beautiful as the rich, intricate mosaic if you're planning a trip to Italy, know that this region is a real Byzantine treasure trove!

In Rossano, the 11th-century church of San Marco, defiantly perched on its own outcrop, is a mystical masterpiece, one of the great Byzantine monuments in southern Italy.

Vibo Valentia, an ancient Calabrian city that has begrudgingly hosted Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Normans and Bourbons, is home to the Byzantine temple of St. Ruba chock full of mosaic art.

Gerace is one of the most interesting towns in southern Italy. It has a grandiose 12th -century castle, an absolutely breathtaking 11th-century cathedral, and three Byzantine churches (S. Giovanello, S. Maria del Maestro and S. Maria del Monserrato), all full of mosaics.

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Stacy Alexander