THE CHARM OF THE “GREAT NORMAN COUNT”
The liberty style rooms still hold traces of a noble past
And evoke the charisma of Ruggero,
The valiant Norman count whose story is woven
Into the history of this area of Calabria.
Goffredo Malaterra, a Benedictine monk describes the Great Count
As “a wonderfully handsome young man, tall in stature end elegantly proportioned,
Ready with words, sagacious in his counsels, perceptive and far-sighted in business.
He maintained his friendly and cheerful personality at all times.
He was, furthermore, gifted with great physical strength and prodigious courage in fights.
And in virtue of these qualities he gained everyone’s favour in but a little time.”
THE RUINS OF A CLIFF SETTLEMENT
When walking through the property
You can stumble across an interesting palaeontological site
Where the tuff rock is excavated, the same site where limestone was quarried for lime
And where the local population sought refuge during the war.
The area was transformed into a true cliff-face settlement
And today can still be found intact.