The present town, at only 22 km from the province of Catanzaro, is situated at the foot of the Sila Piccola (Small Sila), that includes a part of the National Park and the picturesque Sila resorts of Villaggio Mancuso and Villaggio Racise. Taverna is the birthplace of Mattia Preti, one of the greatest Italian painters of the 17th century, and of his brother Gregorio, who is also a prestigious painter of the time. The museum that houses the paintings by Mattia Preti is a frequent destination for visitors from all over the world. The toponym derives from the Latin Taberna, because in Roman times it was a stop point from the Ionian coast to the Sila. The origins of the town are lost in legend and are confirmed in the "Chronica Trium Tabernarum", according to which the town, during the Byzantine rule, was located on the coast and was known as Trischene or Tre Taverne (Three Taverns). Only after the raids and looting of the Saracens, around the 9th century, the surviving inhabitants moved higher, in the current site. Taverna, like all Calabrian cities, lived intensely every historical event, acquiring a significant role also from a religious point of view. Taverna is also the womb of ancient gastronomic traditions, with great delicious dishes. Like the Pitta 'mpigliata, a popular sweet made of fruits collected at the end of the farming year and stored for the winter. The fruits used for preparation are almonds, raisins, walnuts, pine nuts and dried figs. The Pitte are in the form of small stuffed rectangles, arranged like a flower on round pastry sprinkled with sugar, cinnamon and honey. They are golden in colour and have a spicy aroma. The great history of this sweet is lost in the ancient traditions of the town, and its perfect execution was one of the qualities of a bride required by the marriage contract.


Address Piazza del Popolo 27
  88055 Taverna (CZ)
Phone number 0961 921058
Fax 0961 923671
Website www.comune.taverna.cz.it


Taverna is located in the heart of the Calabria National Park, in the Sila Piccola (the small Sila). The park covers an area of 5939 hectares and consists of the state-owned Gariglione complex in the eastern Sila Piccola, that of Buturo in the western Sila Piccola, it also includes lands and forests, private properties, on the right bank of the river Tacina Today in the Sila Piccola, and precisely in the municipality of Taverna, three different biogenetic areas have been identified: Villaggio Mancuso, Cuturelle and Gariglione. Palumbo Village is one of the most popular ski resorts of Calabria. A feature of the resort is that it overlooks Lake Ampollino, where canoeing at the slopes of Mount Gariglione is practiced. It is also possible to skate in the renovated ice arena. In the Sila Piccola it is possible to find villages, nature trails and picnic areas: tourism is a resource that involves a series of activities that animate and consequently continue to develop in this area. Hotels, residences, restaurants, pizzerias are suitable for tourist accommodation, and then the handicraft, which thanks to a strong historical tradition is now widespread, besides there are numerous workshops, 11 carpenters and a small wrought iron factory.

The attractions worth mentioning, definitely include the Civic Museum, which in two thousand square meters of exhibition space, gathers some valuable artworks of Gregorio and Mattia Preti. In the Church of San Domenico, in a beautiful baroque frame, eleven magnificent paintings by Mattia Preti can be found, including the Cristo Fulminante (the Fulminant Christ), the Martirio di San Sebastiano (the Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian), and the Crocifissione (the Crucifixion), adorned with lavish furnishings of the time. Here, it is also possible to recognize the self-portrait of the artist in the main altarpiece dedicated to St. John the Baptist, in the second chapel on the left side of the church. In the Church of Santa Barbara, tourists can appreciate other seven paintings by Mattia Preti, including the Battesimo di Cristo (the Baptism of Christ), the Presentazione di Gesù al Tempio (the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple), the magnificent painting of the Patrocinio di Santa Barbara (the Patronage of Santa Barbara), together with other important artworks by Gregorio Preti, Fabrizio Santafede, Fra Umile from Petralia, and Fra Silvestro from Bologna.