Once a colony of the Ancient Sybaris, Roseto Capo Spulico owes its name to the culture of roses that, in the past, was a flourishing activity and supplied petals for the pillows of Sybarite princesses. The importance of the town increased over the centuries due to its strategic position in the middle of the Gulf of Taranto. Today, Roseto with its wonderful sea, unspoilt landscapes and successful local policies,  is one of the most desired tourist destinations. Mother Nature provided Roseto Capo Spulico with breathtaking landscapes, crystal-clear sea, mild climate and incomparable natural beauties. The town was awarded the 2016 Green Flag for the attentive care dedicated to nature, sea and food farming practices, and for environmentally sustainable measures such as accurate recycling planning. Undoubtedly, the sea is the main attraction of Roseto, however the inland area has many interesting sites to visit. “Esploriamo Roseto” is a project involving the Virtual Community and Roseto Municipality, aimed at promoting hinterland tourism. It is a trip to discover the beauties of the ancient hamlet, its monuments, but mainly its history and traditions. Local food is a fundamental element of local culture, for this reason the trippers will also taste local delicacies. A day can be devoted to wellness and sports in the Parco Qualità della Vita or the nearby sports facilities, or sailing on the Roseto wonderful sea with skippers from the local sailing club: an unforgettable experience!

Artisanal is the key adjective that describes local products. And, as far as local artisanal food is concerned, soppressata, sausages and filettuccio are incomparably tasty delicacies that, for their quality and flavor, were granted the Quality label De. Co. (Denominazione comunale d’origine), the local geographical indication of Roseto Capo Spulico. Another De.Co. product is the bread called “Pitta liscia” that can be savored with oil and filled with peppers and eggs, a typical dish of Roseto cuisine. Don’t forget to taste the undisputed local top fruit product, crowned in 2016 as “The most beautiful cherry in Italy”. 


Address Via N.Converti, 2
  87070 Roseto Capo Spulico (CS)
Phone number 0981/913341
Fax 0981/913005


The main characteristic of Roseto Capo Spulico is its crystal-clear and beautiful sea, for which the town was awarded several International rewards. Every year, tens of thousands of visitors crowd the beeches of the City of Roses to enjoy a bathing day in the emerald sea water of Roseto Capo Spulico, where tourists are warmly welcomed in spring and autumn too. Sailing the beautiful sea is increasingly popular. A sailing club was established - and local administration was one of the founding members - to show the beauties of the area from a different viewpoint and to create environmentally friendly opportunities of economic and social development.   

The town includes several landmarks: the Main Church,  the noble building known as Palazzo Baronale, the enchanting little Church of Immacolata Concezione – that local people call “Santo Totaro”  after the sarcophagus located in the church façade – the majestic Castrum Roseti.   

In the heart of the old town, lovers can find their alleyway: it is called "Vinella degli innamorati" and is the narrowest  alleyway in Europe. It was the place where, in the past, lovers met to steal a kiss, to exchange loving glances and love promises. Tradition had it – and still has – that lovers who kiss in the middle of the “vinella” will love each other forever.

The Fountain of San Vitale, the most ancient monument in Roseto, that has provided healthy water for over 1000 years, and the Museo Etnografico della Civiltà Contadina (Ethnographic Museum of Rural Culture) exhibiting local history and traditions are places that deserve a visit.

Castrum Petrae Roseti overlooks the clear Ionian sea and it is undoubtedly one of the most remarkable landmark that characterizes Calabria.   

History and mysteries mix in the Frederick II’s castle: it was built over an ancient and mysterious pagan worship place, and Frederick II, renowned as “stupor mundi”, left important traces of his presence, as shown by the discovery of the “onfale”, an ancient oval stone carved with the symbols of the Passion of Christ, and by several other stone evidences found in the castle.

Castrum Roseti and its surrounding walls were built, under Robert Guiscard. It was a self-sufficient castle, with stables, jails, a tank for water collection and rooms where the noble owner lived. Today, it houses the Municipal offices and the Museo Etnografico della Civiltà Contadina (Ethnographic Museum of Rural Culture), a must-see for those who visit Roseto Capo Spulico. The history, traditions and customs of the town and its inhabitants are exhibited here, in the Castrum Roseti rooms, thanks to the passionate founder and president of the Museum, Leonardo Salomone: future generations will be able to know and experience the origins of Civitas Rosarum and discover the extraordinary knowledge and skills of old farming life .

Frederick’s Castle is undoubtedly one of the most remarkable landmark that characterizes Calabria.  The Castrum Petrae Roseti overlooks the clear Ionian sea waters and, beyond its walls, history and mysteries mix. Once a defense post, it became a Templar Castle, a garrison and a sacred place for the Emperor: history and mystery, this is the magic of the Roseto Castle.