Crotone, Italy: City of Winners On The Coast Of Southern Italy

Crotone is nested in Calabria, southern Italy, and is bordered by the provinces of Catanzaro and Cosenza on the southwest and northwest sides respectively, and the Ionian Sea on the east. It has a unique combination of ancient sights, sandy beaches and turquoise sea, and boasts a number of ancient athletes who ruled the Olympic Games in those days.

From the middle ages until 1928 it was called Cotrone and then it got its current name. It is located along the coast of southern Italy and its panoramic location attracts hordes of visitors.

The young province was founded in 1992 by separating it from the province of Catanzaro, and in 1994 the city was made its capital.

A Little Bit Of History

The city has a long and eventful history with many rises and falls, and now it has become an economically renewed urban location.

La Castella Castle near Crotone, Italy - This beautiful castle, sitting on a small islet, is definitely a hidden gem of Calabria. Surrounded by the sea and connected to the shore by a small strip of land, it offers wonderful views that you should not miss if you are visiting southern Italy.La Castella Castle near Crotone

It had different rulers and changed between several hands. It was a part of the Byzantine Empire, but was taken over by the Saracens in 870 AD.

The Normans and the Kingdom of Naples were the next successive rulers of Crotone. It was incorporated into the Kingdom of Italy in 1861.

The ancient Greek city of Kroton was one of the most important colonial settlements of Magna Graecia.

Its school of medicine was famous throughout the classical world and the city’s athletes scooped all the honors at the ancient Olympic Games in Greece.

It was the first Greek city in Calabria and it was here the famous mathematician Pythagoras took up residence.

This is is a good place to buy locally made terracotta and handcrafted products as souvenirs.

Good Friday Processional and Crucifixion Processional are the two major celebrations here.

Where is Crotone?

  • 368.4 miles/ 593 km from Rome, Italy
  • 139.8 miles/ 225 km from Messina, Sicily, Italy
  • 278.3 miles/ 448 km from Palermo, Sicily, Italy
  • 171.4 miles/ 276 km from Taormina, Sicily, Italy
  • 190.1 miles/ 306 km from Bari, Italy
  • 242.9 miles/ 391 km from Naples, Italy
  • 8.6 miles/ 14 km from Crotone Airport, Italy
  • 144.1 miles/ 232 km from Reggio Calabria Airport, Italy
  • 249.1 miles/ 401 km from Naples International Airport, Italy
  • 298.2 miles/ 480 km from Palermo Airport, Italy
  • 206.9 miles/ 333 km from Catania Fontanarossa Airport, Sicily, Italy

Things to See

  • Cathedral
  • Castle of Charles V
  • National Archaeological Museum
  • Pescharia District


  • Lido Casarossa Crotone
  • Torre Melissa
  • Spiaggia (Kinder Beach)


  • Santa Severina
  • River trekking
  • Underwater Exploration
  • Le Castella
  • National Park of Sila
  • Capo Collano Archaeological Park

This port city boasts rich history and architecture, and it has become one of the renowned tourist centers in Calabria.

It’s a great hub to explore the rest of this unique Italian region as well.

We wish you a fantastic Mediterranean cruise!