Belvedere Marittimo

Belvedere Marittimo is a town and comune in the province of Cosenza in the Calabria region of southern Italy.

Belvedere Marittimo
Comune di Belvedere Marittimo
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Location of Belvedere Marittimo
Belvedere Marittimo is located in Italy
Belvedere Marittimo
Belvedere Marittimo
Location of Belvedere Marittimo in Italy
Belvedere Marittimo is located in Calabria
Belvedere Marittimo
Belvedere Marittimo
Belvedere Marittimo (Calabria)
Coordinates: 39°37′N 15°52′E / 39.617°N 15.867°E / 39.617; 15.867Coordinates: 39°37′N 15°52′E / 39.617°N 15.867°E / 39.617; 15.867
CountryItaly
RegionCalabria
ProvinceCosenza (CS)
FrazioniLaise, Santa Litterata, Trifari, Oracchio, Rocca.
Government
 • MayorVincenzo Cascini
Area
 • Total37.09 km2 (14.32 sq mi)
Elevation
150 m (490 ft)
Population
 (31 December 2018)[2]
 • Total9,266
 • Density250/km2 (650/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Belvederesi
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
87021
Dialing code0985
Patron saintSt. Daniel
Saint day13 October
WebsiteOfficial website

The town is made of two separate urbanized areas also called "paese" and "marina". The first is what is left of the original medieval town, the second was developed in more recent decades and it now represents the center of Belvedere Marittimo's commercial and touristic services.

Its territory covers a stretch of the Tyrrhenian coast.

The origins of the ancient settlement, called Belviderium, are uncertain: the finding of a bronze axe in the 19th century shows that human presence in the area probably dates back to the pre-historic age. Other archeological findings concern Bruttian graves. The first encastellation can be ascribed to the Normans who built the castle on the cliff under Roger the Norman (1031-1101).[citation needed]

Belvedere people were also involved in the Battle of Lepanto (October 7, 1571) during which the mariner and explorer Cecco Pisano distinguished himself.[citation needed] In 1622 the town was given to Tiberio Carafa, the first Prince of Belvedere, after whom the castle, that has always been the heart of the town history, was named.[citation needed]

The town was also the birthplace of Saint Daniel Fasanella who is also the town's patron saint.[citation needed]

Main sightsEdit

  • The "Castello del Principe" was originally built by the Normans on what is the highest hill by the coast, around the year 1000. The castle was restored and enriched during the Spanish domination to assume the shape and architecture currently visible.
  • Monastery of "San Daniele" (16th century)
  • "Paolo Emilio" Roman tower
  • Church of "Rosario" (Rosary) founded in 1091
  • Wooden Crucifix (17th century)

EventsEdit

  • S.Daniele Festival and street market (13–20 October)
  • On May 15, 2008, Belvedere Marittimo was the starting point of the 5th stage of the road bicycle race Giro d'Italia


  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.