A charming village nestled between Calabria and Basilicata, from which it is easy to cross into the region of Apulia. Montegiordano is a true gem of the Upper Ionian Cosentino, divided into two inhabited nuclei, allowing visitors to lose themselves among historic monuments while simultaneously immersing in crystal-clear seas.Montegiordano: Origins and Features Located in the province of Cosenza, the municipality of Montegiordano has just under two thousand inhabitants, spread over two distinct areas approximately nine kilometres apart. Montegiordano Centro is situated at about 619 metres above sea level, while the Marina district lies at 20 metres above sea level. With pristine beaches, unspoiled nature, and crystal-clear waters, this Calabrian town has always been a dreamland, boasting a significant percentage of centenarians compared to the national average.The earliest residential traces in Montegiordano date back to the 4th century BC, with likely settlements existing at least two centuries earlier. However, the foundation of the current town took place more recently, between 1645 and 1649. Montegiordano is known for the deep sense of hospitality of its inhabitants, excellent food, and tasty beverages, which feature in significant gastronomic events throughout the year. Among the most important are the Broad Bean and Fresh Peas Festival held in April; the famous “Stigliola” Festival on 17 August; and the Mediterranean Diet Festival in August, where a meticulous selection of wines from private cellars can be tasted.What to See in Montegiordano Every corner of Montegiordano deserves admiration, starting from the unique historic centre, decorated with over two hundred murals that narrate the origins of the village.Let’s explore the monuments and places of interest worth visiting.Castle at Piano delle Rose Perched above Marina di Montegiordano stands the wonderful Castle, whose presence is documented from around 1452. It is a building with large rooms, offering splendid views. The building, which had fallen into severe disrepair, was restored beginning in 1656 thanks to Marquis Aurelio Leone and was purchased by the family of Pietro Solano between 1879 and 1881.Palazzo Solano Originally known as the recreational residence of the Marquises, who used to live there during the winter months. Built at the time of the village’s foundation, it originally connected with the church, constructed alongside the palace but destroyed in 1933. By the end of the nineteenth century, the palace was acquired by the Solano family, who still own it today.Century Cross A monument created by Don Carmelo Leo by order of Pope Leo XIII, to celebrate the Jubilee of 1900. Simple yet meaningful architecture, represented by an iron cross (the original has been replaced by a copy) that stands on a boulder symbolising Calvary, supported by a column.Montegiordano Promenade Over two kilometres of promenade, a breathtaking view of the Ionian Sea, and a beach mixed with sand and pebbles: Montegiordano Marina’s promenade is a natural treasure and a hub of pure entertainment, thanks to the presence of free beaches and equipped areas that make the town a popular summer holiday destination in Calabria, attracting tourists from all over the world.