The History of Pizzo

Pizzo is located in the middle of the Gulf of Sant’Eufemia, overlooking the sea.
A legend tells that the city has Greek origins, formerly called “Napitia”, name given by Napeto, head of a tribe of porpoises escaped the Trojan War that settled permanently on our shores.
It was the place to stay of Cicero who elected “Seggiola” his favorite beach which was also the resting place of St. Peter on his way to Rome and a filling station for Ulysses.
Today’s Pizzo is a modern town known for its beaches, its suggestive coves rich in rocks, its limpid sea and its historical centre rich in history and artistic beauties.

From its squares, real terraces on the sea, you can admire picturesque views that leave the gaze to the Aeolian Islands. From the new Piazzetta Padiglione in the characteristic rione Carmine you can notice the whole Gulf of Sant’Eufemia.

Pizzo shows its Piazza della Repubblica, Terrace on the sea, refined lounge with its renowned patisseries and the historic Gelaterias, which have made it the capital of ice cream, in particular the Tartufo.

It then shows visitors its most beautiful treasures: the Ancient Noble palaces, Chiesa di San Giorgio, the diocesan sanctuary of San Francesco di Paola, the Little Church of Piedigrotta, carved into the sandstone mindful of shipwrecks and ancient folk legends, the many Churches, the crypt of the monks under the Church of Purgatory (called “of the Dead”) and Castello Aragonese, in which in 1815 saw the shooting of King Joachim Murat.

Among the streets of the old town, many locals where to taste the typical products of both land and sea, among which the delicious “surici” fried, the pasta with black squid, tuna and a thousand other specialties, among which the strawberry grape and the Zibibbo of Pizzo (Presidium Slow Food)
Between the streets of Pizzo is felt a different dialect and unprecedented that characterizes the Pizzitani, people of Mariners, fishermen, craftsmen and tradesmen.