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Italy : Calabria

4.0 km (2.5 miles) SSE of Cutro, Crotone, Calabria, Italy
Approx. altitude: 139 m (456 ft)
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Antipode: 39°S 163°W

Accuracy: 5 m (16 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: To the north only the ridge is visible. Behind it would be Cutro. #3: Looking east towards the plateau. The street is just behind the hill. #4: Looking south, seeing the rugged hills at the end of the plateau. #5: Looking west, into the sun. You can see the wide valley with some "dunes" below. #6: Zeros on the GPSr. #7: General landscape, you can barely make out Cutro on the distant hill on the right side. #8: Castle Le Castella, several kilometers south of the confluence.

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  39°N 17°E (visit #3)  

#1: General view of the confluence, looking south-east.

(visited by Wolfgang Faber)

12-Jun-2005 -- On June 12th 2005, I started out with my friend and guest Stefan Woltran to make a tour through Calabria. Since we did not plan ahead very carefully, it just happened that we went from Capo Colonna to Capo Rizzuto, and this confluence was more or less on the way. It was just asking to be visited again, as the only visit so far was in darkness.

Actually I had been there before in November 2004, but the batteries of my camera were finished, and my cellular phone did not produce any nice pictures.

As noted in the previous reported visit, the approach to the confluence is not very difficult. On the street Cutro - Le Castella, just a few 100 meters north of the crossing with the street heading towards the east (Crotone's S.Anna airport), you start next to a sharp right turn (some trees are ahead to the right of the street), near an illegal garbage dump. Stay on the left ridge, don't go down into the valley, the confluence is a few hundred meters below on the south side of the ridge (the better "path" is on the north side, just pass on the other side some 50 meters off the confluence. Stefan did not join me for the conference, but was watching from above.

The area is very arid and sparsely populated. The confluence is on the rugged end of an elevated plain, on which several abandoned farm houses can be found. Some agricultural activity is still going on, and we could also spot several shepherds. The arid hill landscape is quite spectacular, and is reminiscent of some "Planet of the Apes" scenes. Cutro is visible for most of the time in the north (not from the confluence itself, unfortunately), perching on top of the hills.

Nearby sights are Capo Colonna with the minimal rests of a large Greek temple, and Le Castella, with a pitturesque castle on an islet.

Trivia: All visitors so far seem to have some connection to Austria.


 All pictures
#1: General view of the confluence, looking south-east.
#2: To the north only the ridge is visible. Behind it would be Cutro.
#3: Looking east towards the plateau. The street is just behind the hill.
#4: Looking south, seeing the rugged hills at the end of the plateau.
#5: Looking west, into the sun. You can see the wide valley with some "dunes" below.
#6: Zeros on the GPSr.
#7: General landscape, you can barely make out Cutro on the distant hill on the right side.
#8: Castle Le Castella, several kilometers south of the confluence.
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