A lively and attractive little resort on Calabria's north Tyrrhenian Coast, Diamante styles itself as "the town of murals and peperoncinos." The old town center is accessed over a bridge across the Corvino River, which runs through the town to the sea. The maze of alleyways and whitewashed houses are covered in murals by both local and international artists, many featuring fishermen and religious themes, while strings of bright-red chili pods hang from doorways and balconies. The pedestrianized seafront promenade is the town hub, lined with small shops, ice-cream parlors, and bars. Flanking the broad, palm-lined promenade are sparkling beaches to the north and south and interesting archaeological remains in the nearby Cirella district. September's annual Peperoncino Festival is a major event, involving almost the entire town.
When there was every reason in the world to stay away and see the ruins, one woman traveled to Greece to get to work.More