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Catanzaro
Catanzaro is a mid-sized city, whose economy is buoyed-up by government employment and spending, and a university. However, for centuries starting in the 11th century, Catanzaro was involved in large scale and sophisticated silkworm breeding activities, and was the lace and linen capital of the world, supplying the Vatican and many other royal and not so royal courts around the world.

History

There are doubts on the origins of the name. Some say it derived from two Byzantine generals, Kattaro and Zaro, while another theory is that Zaro was the original name of the river (Zarapotamo), so that katà Zaro would mean beyond the river. According to Luigi Settembrini, the name could also be derived by the Greek words kata'- antheros "on the flowery (hills)" The old town was built over three hills (St. Trifone or St. Rocco Hill; Episcopate's Hill; St. John's Hill) in Byzantine times. Catanzaro was since the 11th century the lace capital of the world with a large silkworm breeding, it produced all the laces and linens used in the Vatican and supplied merchants that came from all over Europe to buy the silk in the port of Reggio Calabria soon before Pentecost day. A devastating earthquake in 1783 wiped away churches, palaces and a large part of the population, and a second in 1832 completed the destruction of most ancient historical buildings.

Main monuments

Cathedral
Cathedral Catanzaro Calabria tourism

 

 
 

Accomodation

Hotels

Hotel Guglielmo * * * *
Via A. Tedeschi, 1
Tel.0961.741922 - Fax 0961.722181
Catanzaro hotels accomodation Calabria info@hotelguglielmo.it
Hotel Palace * * * *
Via Lungomare, 221
Tel.0961.738022 - Fax 0961.738084

Hotel Bellamena* * *
Via Fratelli Plutino, 14
Tel.0961.701191
Catanzaro hotels accomodation Calabria bellahot@tin.it
Benny Hotel * * *
Via G. Da Fiore,2
Tel.0961.771791 - Fax 0961.773366
Grand Hotel * * *
Piazza Matteotti
Tel.0961.701256 - Fax 0961.741621
Hotel Niagara * * *
Via Crotone, 170
Tel.0961.31697 - Fax 0961.34309
StillHotel * * *
Via Melito P.S. 102/a
Tel.0961.32851 - Fax 0961.33818

Hotel Belvedere *
Via Italia 33
Tel.0961.720591 - Fax 0961.720591

 
Camping

Camping Bellino * *
Loc. Doganieri (Catanzaro Lido)
Tel: 0961.719250

Camping Cammello Grigio
Via Navigatori, Lido
Tel: 0961.391512

 

Eating out

Restaurants

Albatros – Via Tommaso Gullì, 33
Al Porto – Via Lungomare CZ Lido
Chiricò – Via Iannone
Eden – Viale Europa, 54 Loc. Germaneto
Hosteria Aniello – Via Caprera, 2 CZ Lido
Il Girasole – Via Lucrezia Della Valle
Irish Pub – Via XX Settembre
Irish Pub – Via Millelli, 1/a
La Fattoria – Via Magna Grecia, 83
La Vecchia Tranvia – Via Falletti, 2 CZ Sala
Linea Bar - Galleria Mancuso
Maehè - Via Indipendenza
Piramyd Club –Via Magna Grecia
Roma – Via Magna Grecia, 251
Tiffany – Via Lungomare CZ Lido
Trattoria Tipica "U Tamarru" - Via Lucrezia della Valle
Visky a Gogò – Via Nazionale CZ Lido
Zhang Q. (chinese) - Via Catanzaro