Vibo Valentia - 2023

Roger I of Sicily

One day I got a tip from my next door neighbor who said, "Go and visit Vibo Valentio", which I did. I took my car up into the mountains for 2 hours. The trip itself offers many fantastic views.   

There are many wonderful sights scattered throughout the old center of the city and the surrounding area. 

The old center of Vibo Valentia is a rich pattern of churches, monuments and Mediaeval, Baroque and 19th century buildings where it’s difficult to distinguish where one period finishes and another starts - probably the source of its charm.

The beautiful marble portal of S. Maria La Nova stands out when walking along Corso Umberto. Here you can see an optimal panorama view from the Belvedere Grande, which covers the Tyrrhenian coast from Capo Palinuro, to Messina.

The Duomo of Vibo Valentia, dedicated to the patron saint Leoluca, was built at the end of the 17th century on the remains of a Byzantine church. It houses an imposing altar with the statue of the Madonna della Neve. 

The Normans built a castle over the acropolis of Hippónion, using some of the sandstone blocks from the ancient city. The castle underwent various changes and suffered damage over the centuries but much still stands, even though one of the reasons why it attracts so many visitors is the wonderful view it commands from the Tyrrhenian gulfs to the Sila and the Serre. The castle houses the State Archaeological Museum which displays remains from pre-history to the Mediaeval period, passing through Magna Graecia with vases and grave goods from Greek necropoleis. The castle was built between 1070 and 1074 AD by Roger I of Sicily, who had brought his army to these beaches and had camped it there. 

What's best with Vibo Valentino

Well, I would say the magnificent sea view from the high altitude, the Normans built, the old center and the churches.