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STILO, STYLUS

Greek roots in Italy

 Stylus is located on the slopes of Mount Consoles, and is one of the most important cultural centers of Calabria. The history of Stilo is quite complex in its narrative. Born as Oppidum named Consolinum, later changing its name to Stilida, originating from the nomination fiumara Stilaro. In '880 was the subject of a battle fought between Byzantines and Saracens Nasar becoming part of the Byzantine Empire. During the Middle Ages the inhabitants of Stilida will move on Mount Consolino improving their security systems and resisting the attacks of the Normans' XI sec. A.D. Stylus was an important center of Calabria as Royal Property, even if the title was revoked by Charles V of Spain in the fourteenth century. The emperor then gave this land to the Marquis Concubet Arena. He returned to a period of splendor for the city with Philip V returned the title of royal dominion even if the earthquake of 1783 and the looting French in 1806 weakened the city. The Byzantine rule has left its mark through the Cattolica of Stilo, one of the best examples of Byzantine architecture in Italy. It is located at the foot of Mount Consoles and turns towards the valley with its eastern side consists of three semi-cylindrical apse and the decoration of torricine is particularly complex especially compared to the decoration of the portals of extreme simplicity. The central drum is decorated with three bands of brick elements arranged obliquely while the drums corner, keep the same scheme but have only two bands of diamonds. Feature Stilo is the reenactment of the Palio di Ribusa, entertainment, entertainment and study with historical parades, giullarate, flag, knights and ladies, all accompanied by delicious dishes and delicacies of all kinds. The five ancient Casali County will compete in feats of strength and dexterity featuring the city with lights and torches that reveal the presence of jugglers, acrobats, minstrels, comedians, witches, workshops and craft shops.

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