The traditional fishing village of Pizzo is one of the hidden gems of the Calabrian coastline, located on the Gulf of St Euphemia. It lies on the coastline of the Tyrrhenian Sea, enjoying views out to Stromboli, the volatile volcano island just off shore.
Pizzo's buildings cover the cliffs and hillsides which rise up from the sea and the beautiful beaches. The historical centre of Pizzo is typically medieval, with narrow winding lanes traversing up the hillsides and a variety of pretty churches, including the Mother Church of San Giorgio. The streets of Pizzo offer a glimpse of an old fashioned Italy, with narrow bustling medieval lanes filled with the smells of home cooking, the sky hidden beneath washing which is drying on lines suspended across the street between houses.
On the cliff top stands Pizzo's medieval castle, Murat Castle, an Aragonese fortification built for Fernandino I d'Aragona in the 15th century. The castle was where Gioacchino Murat, King of Napes and brother-in-law of Napoleon, was executed. According to legend, a ship was wrecked on the rocks of Pizzo in approximately 1600, and the sailors who were saved from a watery grave came together to build a church in the rocks. This cave church, the Church of Piedigrotta, is a remarkable stone-carved masterpiece and is one of the most visited attractions in Calabria.