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Crotone, founded by the Greeks in the 8th century BC, faces the Ionian coast of Calabria, stretched out on a headland near the mouth of the Esaro River.
The old city was built in a maze of narrow lanes and small squares up to the Cathedral and the main piazza of Pythagoras, the contact point between the old city and the new.
The old city unfolds from Piazza Carlo V Castello, where there are imposing aristocratic palaces such as the Morelli Palace and the 18th century Barracco Palace. From here the labyrinth of very narrow streets (the vineddri or vichi) and numerous squares spread out. On the Via Risorgimento there is the national archaeological museum of Crotone. From here you get to the Cathedral and the very central Pythagoras square, the junction between the old city and the modern one. The Fish Market is a characteristic quarter of the historic centre. Here you can encounter various examples of art: the cathedral built in the 11th century. Inside we find a baptismal font with its zoomorphic base and the painting of the Madonna di Capocolonna, or the Black Madonna, an object of devotion.
The new city unfolds on the street axis of via Cutro, which starts at the very central Pythagoras square and goes to the "Vescovatello" and then to the SS 106 Jonica. The most recent expansion of the city started at the end of the 80s with the creation of the "Tufolo" quarter. Given the territorial conformation (clay hills that literally divide the city in two) the new part that extends from the huge Tufolo quarter to the Fondo Farina and Poggio Pudano is often defined as "Crotone 2;" via Cristoforo Colombo is the centre of nightlife in Crotone, especially in the summer season. From here you can easily get to the tourist marina. More recently qualified is the strip of coast that is called the Gramsci coast.