The vibe in a nutshell:
Gentle pace, family holiday at the seaside, have zero English expectation.
What I liked:
The old town with it’s imposing Castle of Charles V at the top. After the absence of an old town in Reggio Calabria (due to a series of catastrophic blows), it was a welcome addition to this small seaside town.
The gorgeous lungomare Cristoforo Colomba. A fun strip to eat, drink, shop, see the fish market in action, swim and sunbathe.
What I didn’t:
There is extremely limited public transport options to the nearby places of note such as Santa Severina and Le Castelle. There are two bus companys, the Autolinee Romano and the Ferrovie della Calabria and their timetable looks like this:
Crotone to Santa Severina: 1 x day at 14:14hrs
Santa Severina to Crotone: 3 x day at 06:00, 06:40 & 07:05.
What I should’ve done different:
It seems the car is king here and for a public transport sort of a gal it was one place where I would’ve benefited from hiring a car or calling a taxi or possibly staying a night at Santa Severina.
Try the licorice gelato, yum. Licorice was imported to Calabria around 700BC by the Greeks and has the ideal microclimate and habitat for the plant and it’s delicious roots to thrive.
Pythagorus, the ancient Greek philosopher came to Crotone around 530BC and started a school which it seems had more to do with political and esoteric religious teachings such as the immortality of the soul rather than maths as I might have assumed. Crotone has embraced this and there is a Museum of Pythagorus and a thematic park dedicated to sculpture representing the concepts attributed to him. (I noticed there are street names such as Fibonacci St so not sure if this is random or if someone has had fun with mathematicians here. 🙂 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pythagoras
Could also try the swordfish, er, if you like that sort of thing, (called Spada round here).