Taking full advantage of this strange but most welcome weather, we decided to set out for a day trip on the 8th of December which is a public holiday here in Italy. Destination Le Castella in the province of Crotone. The castle is about a 2 hour drive from us here in Malito.
The 16th century Aragonese castle was apparently built on the site of an ancient Greek fort. The history is not very clear, but according to Greek mythology the place was built for the Greek Goddess Calypso and her son so they could be near their great love - Ulysses who was a man of the sea. Whatever the history, I had seen photos of Le Castella and wanted to visit, so we set out for our day trip.
When we arrived the sun was shining, but the castle was closed.
Work is being done to restore the castle, but even if you can't/don't want to go inside, you can see a lot by walking around the bottom.