This famous seaside town is a natural destination for people from the numerous little inland villages, offering splendid views and breathtaking natural beauty.
Set in an enchanting position on the Tyrrhenian coast of the province of Cosenza, Amantea is located between two beautiful promontories, one to the south and the other to the north. This famous and delightful little seaside town is a natural destination for people from the numerous little inland villages, offering splendid views and breathtaking natural beauty, like the "Scogli di Isca" marine park, a stretch of sea between Amantea and Belmonte Calabro, where the two rocks of Isca, which were already famous at the time of Homer, are a must for those who love diving between the rocks and the Mediterranean reef; and the beautiful cliffs of Coreca, part of which rise out of the water while numerous other parts are hidden below or just level with the surface.
a' Mantia, as it’s called in local dialect, is a busy and pretty town with a very long-standing seafaring tradition, which is still very much alive today, and has been attracting visitors since ancient times.
Not only does Amantea offer a splendid sea and a wonderful beach, it also present artistic and historical attractions, including the Church of San Bernardino of Siena, one of the town’s most important constructions, the origins of which date back to the first half of the 15th century. With the annexed Convent of the Order of Friars Minor and the Oratory of the Nobles, it is a national monument of the Italian Republic due to the high value of its architecture. Other historical and artistic attractions include the Collegiate of San Biagio, located at the top of balustraded steps; the Palace of the Poor Clares, one of the best restored historical buildings in the whole of Calabria, where visitors can admire not only the cloisters but also a picture gallery which is unique in the whole of Southern Italy; and the ruins of the impressive Byzantine-Norman castle, which overlooks the town from the top of the hill.
As regards the gastronomy, Amantea’s cuisine features plain, genuine dishes.
The dishes and typical products that you really must taste include fish specialities, like "pasta ccu alici e sardi" (pasta with anchovies and sardines) or the unbeatable "rosamarina a pitticelle" (fritters made with anchovy fry), as well as “Buccunotto”, a boat-shaped cake filled with chocolate and a secret combination of spices.