The area is characterized by a hilly and mountainous area, with a mild climate in summer and cool in winter. The vegetation is typically Mediterranean, with the presence of olive trees, citrus fruits, fruit trees and vineyards.

Town nestled on the slopes of Monte Poro, surrounded by centuries-old olive trees, positioned at a height of just over 300 meters above sea level

Among the tourist attractions of the place are the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, dating back to the fifteenth century, and the Castle of Francica, built in the eighteenth century.

The municipality of Francica is also home to important cultural and folkloristic events, such as the Feast of the Holy Crucifix, which is held every year on 14 September, and the Feast of the Madonna delle Grazie, which is celebrated on 22 August.

What to see The parish church dedicated to the Annunziata rebuilt after the earthquake at the end of the 18th century. Also worth visiting is the Certosa di Mutari, a medieval building which suffered heavy damage in the 1783 earthquake and is now the site of a private farm.

An important and significant monument for the inhabitants of Francica is the so-called "Stone Cross", dating back to the sixteenth century. It rests on some bricks and it is thought that a church once stood on this site. A welcoming picnic area has also been set up in Velardo and, in the municipal area, there are also the ruins of ancient mills.

Francica (pronounced Fràncica), was founded in the time of the Normans who had their capital in Mileto, located on the opposite ridge. The name derives from the detachment of the Gauls (or Franks) quartered there. According to the historian Gabriele Barrio, born in Francica around 1510 and from the notes of Tommaso Aceti, the citadel was the result of several villages that had perched themselves to be safe from enemy raids.

In 1500, in the locality of Campo, the Anti-French League (Spain, Habsburg, Milan, Venice) defeated the troops of Louis XII in a pitched battle and with the Treaty of Granada, which followed, all of Southern Italy passed to Spain. Already in this period the neighboring villages were abandoned. As evidence, the ruined churches of Saints Theodore, Paul, Biagio, Andrew, Peter, John and, near the citadel, of the B. Maria consecrated by Pope Callistus II in 1120 remained.

His most illustrious son was the historian Gabriele Barrio who with his De antiquitate et situ Calabriae, 1571, constitutes a milestone for the historical knowledge of Calabria.

The work, written in Latin, was only translated into Italian in 1971. The first edition of De antiquitate et situ Calabriae (1571) turned out to be so full of errors and gaps that Barrio attempted to amend it in view of a second edition . His death in 1577 interrupted that work which was completed by Tommaso Aceti in 1737.


Hotel Grotticelle and Esmeraldo Residence are located in Capo Vaticano, a town a few km from the enchanting pearl of the Tyrrhenian Sea, Tropea in Calabria.

Thanks to its diversified offer, it offers holidays for everyone and for every need.

Ideal for families, lovers of relaxation, but also for couples and groups of friends, choosing our structure also means discovering the natural beauties, traditions and Calabrian food and wine.


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