Gerace is situated in the Aspromonte National Park and is a medieval town. The name Gerace derives from the Greek “Ierax”, which means sparrowhawk. Gerace is one of the most beautiful medieval villages in Italy. The town, particularly the old town, is rich in churches and historical buildings which are dug into the rock. Places of interest in this town are the castle and the cathedral, both dating back to the Norman period.
There are also many other buildings from different periods which are in various styles. The cathedral is the largest in Calabria and it was built in the 11th century. This cathedral was also renovated in the 13th century and has the form of a basilica. Inside it has three aisles, which are separated by ten columns, and a Byzantine crypt. Thanks to its position Gerace enjoys a panoramic view above the whole territory of Locri. The town is built on Miocene sandstone which rises 470 metres above sea level. Most of the historical buildings have magnificent stone portals made by local stonemasons.
The most important palaces are the Grimaldi-Serra Palace, the Migliaccio Palace, the Candida Palace, the Arcano Palace, the Del balzo Palace and the La casa Marvasi Palace. The Square of the Three Churches and the church of St. Frances are also interesting. The latter has a baroque alter and polychrome marble inlays. The Church of the Sacred Heart has a 17th century frontal and is built in baroque style. The diocesan museum is an interesting place to see. Remains of a necropolis have been found near to the the town.