Crotone is situated in Eastern Calabria and lies above the Ionian Sea. Crotone was founded at the end of the VIII century B.C. by Greek colonists from Achaia. The old city is a labyrinth of narrow streets and small squares, leading to the cathedral and Pitagora square. This square connects the historical city with the modern one. Piazza Duomo offers some 14th century monuments. Inside the cathedral there is a picture of the Madonna of Capocolonna, the patron saint of this city. Crotone is a font of antiquity. It has a statue of St. Dionysus and a bronze statue of St. Pio of Pietrelcina.
The archaeological museum preserves some prehistoric artefacts, some Greek and Roman ceramics, a collection of coins which belong to different eras, the treasure of a temple which was dedicated to Hera Lacinia and objects of bronze, gold and silver. The castle of Crotone, which is also known as the castle of Charles V, is situated in the old area of Crotone. This castle offers a panoramic view over Crotone and the sea. It also has two towers. This castle replaced the ancient greek acropolis in the 16th century. Today the castle holds a department of the National Archaeological Museum.