Lapped by the river Amato and surrounded by flourishing woods, Miglierina is on a hill between two small valleys – one going down to the right riverbank of the river Amato and the other one to Piana di Lamezia.
It is the perfect place for a relaxing holiday – a village outside of time, characterized by a heterogeneous landscape that is harmonized by a dominant and uncontaminated nature, which allows you to enjoy the Mediterranean biodiversity in all his beauty. The village has a strategic position between the Tyrrhenian Sea to the West and the Ionian Sea to the East, between the Gulf of Squillace and the Gulf of Sant’Eufemia.
Olive trees and oaks populate the hills; up to the mountain, there are chestnuts, beech trees and a secular wood on Mount Portella (1.039 m).
From here, when the sky is cloudless, you can see something unique of its kind – your gaze extends until Stroboli and the Aeolian Islands. The blue sea extends as far as the eye and meets the sky.
Its name’s etymology could derive from Latin miliun (mile), or milia (thousand), miliarium (milestone) or even from German muller (miller), which the phonetic variant “Muglierina”- still used today – comes from. The first historical information is uncertain and part of legend. It is sure that it was Casale di Tirolo in the Middle Ages and continued to belong to the feudal system until 1811 when it became an independent municipality.
A special village
The geographical and urban structure gives to the village the aspect of a live nativity scene – the two churches, the square, the streets that twist and turn, the houses of the village, the chimneys in winter, the bridge create an untouched dimension that is not overwhelmed by modernity and technology, a dimension belonging to a far more distant era.
Its position – even if a bit isolated from the chaos and the traffic of the city but perfectly connected to Catanzaro, main town of the province, and Lamezia Terme – allows you to have the facilities of a town available and to combine the opposite needs of tranquillity and modernity. Then in summer, those who had emigrated and a great number of visitors make the village lively, awaking it from its winter slumber.
The bridge called Funtanella (there is a spring flowing under it) and via dei Mastri Miglierinesi (the street wears the name of the “mastri miglierinesi”, masters from Miglierina) lead to the square, where the Mother Church rises in a dominant position to the East. The Church is dedicated to Saint Lucy, protector of Miglierina since 1736. In the same square there is Palazzo Arcuri, whose original structure has been perfectly protected and which has an ancient olive-press inside, with enormous stones used for olive milling.
Not so far from it you can find a building belonging to another noble and eminent family of the town, the Granato family, whose most famous representatives held important positions in the village and in the State. Opposite you can see the building belonged to the “Siddieri” family, a rich and noble family of the past, recently restored.
In the lower part of the village, there is another big church, dedicated to Santa Maria del Principio, commonly known as Madonna del Rosario (Our Lady of the Rosary) dating back to the early 1600s. In the part overlooking the bell tower, there is Palazzo Torchia.
From the street near the Church of Rosario, you can reach the rural area of the village.
The district Croce, lapped by the river Amato, is characterized by the ruins of ancient water mills, dating back to the early 1800s, where the inhabitants went to grind corn, sweet corn and different legumes.
Back to the village, you are in the “Sottovia” the real town centre, with its square covered with cotto; from here, you reach the quarter “Chianavalle”, where you can see the ancient Palazzo Torchia.
In the quarter “Quadarune”, which is in a higher position, there is a cluster of ancient buildings. This is the comfortable context hosting the work of the “Mastri Miglierinesi”, who were active between the mid-1700s and the early 1900s. There are three categories: masters of wood, weapon masters, stucco masters and “Babbari”.
Their ability was inspired mainly by religious subjects through the creation of stuccos and decorations in churches and manors, the production of furniture of fine artisanship and the sculpture of statues – this is the reason why they were called “babbari”. Evidence of this can be found in the two churches of the village, with their geometric and floral stuccos, and in some statues in the Church dedicated to Madonna del Rosario.
Climbing up the mountain area of Presilia, you reach Mount Portella where luxuriant oak trees, enormous chestnut trees and secular ilex trees offer a pleasant relief from the summer heat. Here you can be lulled by the sound of a spring that flows nearby and you can breathe deeply in order to re-oxygenate.
Experiencing the village means also knowing its food and wine culture, characterized by simple but genuine dishes coming from a culinary tradition rich of delicious recipes which are handed down from generation to generation by the housewives.
Oil, wine, cheese, spirits are handcrafted; typical products offer an experience that is not limited to food but meets the life of the village and its passion for quality. A real riot of colours and savours honours the quality of our products, cooking and local agricultures. An authentic journey to find out the ancient Mediterranean savours.
Visiting Miglierina is like feeling at home. It is breathing a familiar and warm atmosphere. Absorbing the local culture, being involved by local people in their everyday life, re-experiencing together the jealousy-guarded traditions in the historical heritage.
The village becomes a community of hospitality for the different way of welcoming and hosting visitors, who are not anonymous and hurried tourists, but “temporary citizens” totally submerged in everyday life.