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Pizzo

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Is situated on a steep cliff overlooking the Gulf of Santa Eufemia. High above the sea is the Aragonese Castle, which was built by Ferdinand I of Aragon in the 15th century and where Joachim Murat was shot. Today there is a museum inside this castle. Pizzo is one of most beautiful and famous fishing villages, especially tunafishing, and also one of the most favourite tourist destinations of Calabria. Pizzo was founded by Nepeto in the Greek age. Today the inhabitants are still known as Napetini.

Is situated on a steep cliff overlooking the Gulf of Santa Eufemia. High above the sea is the Aragonese Castle, which was built by Ferdinand I of Aragon in the 15th century and where Joachim Murat was shot. Today there is a museum inside this castle. Pizzo is one of most beautiful and famous fishing villages, especially tunafishing, and also one of the most favourite tourist destinations of Calabria. Pizzo was founded by Nepeto in the Greek age. Today the inhabitants are still known as Napetini. The historical centre is characterized by narrow lanes and streets with many interconnecting stairways and some squares with fountains. Here there are many patrician palaces such as Mattei Palace, Lombardi Palace, Musolino Palace, Saccone Palace and Tranquillo Palace.

St. George’s Church is in the centre of the town, it was founded in 1576. The front of this church offers a marble portal dating back to 1632 and inside it has a bas-relief which depicts St. George killing the dragon. Furthermore, it offers some important sculptures from the 16th century, and a high relief of the “Pietà” and a painting in the ceiling of the Martyrdom of St. George of E. Paparo. In this church is also buried Joachin Murat. Among the numerous religious buildings there is Sebastian’s church, Graces’ church, St. Francis Church and the monastery of San Francis. Not far from the centre of the town, there is the small church of Piedigrotta, the church is a cave which is excavated in the tuff. In 1900 it was enriched with biblical figures of tuff which were realized by Angelo and Alfonso Barone. This town also is famous for the tartufo ice cream, as a matter of fact it is known as the town of ice cream