Squillace is a comune and town located in the Calabria region of Italy in the province of Catanzaro. The town is located in the southern part of Italy facing the Gulf of Squillace. It is spread over an area of 33 sq km and has a population of close to 3300. The name of the town is based on the old city of Scylletium and its ruins are still located in the nearby town of Borgia.
Squillace has been well known for its terra cotta pottery for centuries. Its terra cotta is highly sought after all over Italy and even in other countries. Squillace is also well known for Pignata, which is a ceramic artistic style.
Getting to Squillace
Squillace is located quite close to the city of Catanzaro so it is quite easy to reach the town by train from cities in the region as well from other destinations in Italy. From Catanzaro, visitors can reach Squillace by buses or by car. The state buses that operate in the region connect the town to Squillace and several other smaller towns in the region. Buses depart every few hours from these locations and tickets can be bought at the main bus stations. Those who have their own cars can also drive down to the town quite easily.
Moving Around the Town
Squillace is a very small town with an area of just 33 sq km so the best way to move around is on foot. The main center of the town is very compact and most sight seeing attractions are located in close proximity to the center of the town. Except for a few churches and a handful of other sight seeing attractions there aren't many places to visit so they can all be covered within a day. Visitors who have their own cars can also drive around to explore the nearby villages and the outskirts of Squillace.
Attractions in Squillace
The Duomo of Squillace
The Duomo of Squillace was built in the 18th century on top of an medieval Norman Cathedral. The architecture of the cathedral is beautiful and the interior of the church is known for its beautiful art works. There are several beautiful paintings and frescoes inside the cathedral and the altar is quite exquisite.
The Immacolata church or the San Nicola delle Donne church is located close to the Duomo of Squillace. The church is not very large but is worth visiting because of its beautiful interiors which has been richly decorated.
In the suburbs of Squillace there are many beautiful buildings and stone portals of noble buildings which are worth admiring. Several times visitors would come across beautiful ancient buildings while roaming around the back alleys and streets of Squillace. One such building is the Palazzo Pepe which is located in Piazza del Municipio. The palace has a beautiful architecture; however, the most noteworthy aspect of the building is a stone tablet which has been made in memory of a Roman aqueduct and dates back to 143 AD.
Chiesetta of Santa Maria Della Pieta
Chiesetta of Santa Maria Della Pieta is located on Via Antico Senta and is considered to be one of the most important religious places in Squillace.
Casa Teti is located close to the center of the city and is known for its beautiful architecture. The most noteworthy feature in Casa Teti is its double lancet window which dates back to 14th century.
The castle of Squillace is one of the most visited attractions in the town. The castle was first built during the Byzantine era in the region and was later taken over by the Saracens. Over the centuries it was reconstructed by the Normans and several changes had been made to it. From the castle visitors can enjoy beautiful views of the coast as well as of Catanzaro.
San Matteo Church
The San Matteo Church is located close to Palazzo Pepe. The church has a beautiful architecture, the façade is in beautiful Romanesque style and the interiors have been very elaborately decorated. Inside the church are various art pieces that have been collected over the centuries and several beautiful ornamental decorations.
Stay and Accommodation
Squillace is quite a small town and not many tourists visit Squillace, it is only in the recent years that tourism has picked up in the area. Because of this there are only a few good hotels and bed & breakfasts in town. On the outskirts of the town various agritourism homes and villas would be available on rent for those who plan to stay longer in the town. Some of the best places to stay in Squillace are Sunbeach Resort Calabria, Villaggio Club Porto Rhoca and Tenuta Agrituristica Castellesi. Visitors can easily find good rooms at low prices in the hotels of the town at most times of the year. However, those who are planning to visit during the peak tourist seasons might want to get the rooms booked in advance.
Eating in Squillace
There are several different restaurants, trattorias and pizzerias in Squillace. There are plenty of good places to eat in Squillace, mainly where the locals like to eat themselves. The cuisine available in most restaurants in Squillace is traditional Italian and regional dishes. Because it is located on the coast, fresh seafood is available in almost every restaurant and is used widely in all the dishes. Visitors would also find a few good cafés and bars in Squillace where good wine and light pasta dishes and sandwiches would be available.
Shopping in Squillace
Visitors can attend some of the weekly markets in Squillace to find some good local produce, fresh vegetables, sea food, fruits and various other items for daily use. Squillace is mainly known for its beautiful terra cotta pieces which are available in quite a lot of shops in the town. Visitors can also purchase them directly from the artisans' workshops where they would find authentic pieces.