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Santuario di Hera Lacinia

Santuario di Hera Lacinia Review

Occupying the main bulge along Calabria's Ionian coastline, Crotone was founded by Achaeans from the Greek Peloponnese in about 708 BC and soon became one of the great cities in Magna Graecia. A drab modern town has obliterated most of the ancient settlement; the main attraction now is a remarkable gold hoard, found in 1987 at the Santuario di Hera Lacinia on a promontory 11 km (7 miles) to the south, known as Capo Colonna for the single remaining column from a temple dedicated to Hera. It's well worth a visit, especially in April and May, when the area is awash with wildflowers. An on-site archaeology museum provides some key background information for the site and has an interesting display of underwater finds from the area.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Via per Capo Colonna, Crotone, 88900
  • Phone: 0962/934814
  • Cost: Free
  • Hours: Sanctuary: Tues.–Sun. 9–1 and 3:30–7; Park: daily 8–1 hr before sunset
  • Location: Crotone
Updated: 04-04-2013

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