VIDEO: Race Down Spiral Streets of Tiriolo, Calabria

In March, on another cultural quest to visit towns throughout Calabria, we went to the top of Tiriolo, which overlooks two seas — the Tyrrhenian to the west and Ionian to the south and east.  Our first stop was at Restaurante Due Mari for a hearty lunch with views of both seas.  Then we used our new, TheFlip video cam (super small, easy to use and makes nice quality) created a video as we raced down the spiral streets down to the piazza, where we had a coffee before visiting the church.  It is a quiet town with beautiful sweeping views and amazing colors.

Here’s a collection of photos.

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10 thoughts on “VIDEO: Race Down Spiral Streets of Tiriolo, Calabria

  1. JOE MONTUORO

    thanks for the video of Tiriolo, my parents old town.
    I actually showed it to them and they were excited.
    my folkes left the town in 1955 so you can imagine.
    p.s, we are in MELBOURNE,AUSTRALIA, CIAO MAN!!

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    1. mary

      Great video. I was born there, but have been in the USA since age 2. Beautiful place; visited in the 70’s. Thanks for the memories.

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      1. kenekaplan Post author

        Wow! I hope you get to return or encourage other family members to visit Tiriolo. It is a peaceful place with an amazing panorama. Thank you for visiting here.

  2. kenekaplan

    Joe!

    Thanks for finding and sharing this with your mamma e papa’!

    I get to visit Calabria often — it’s an incredible region with so much history that is still coming to light. My great grandmother was from Ciro Marina, not too far from Tiriolo.

    As for Tiriolo, even the drive is spectacular, scaling a winding road rising above and revealing the two seas. If you get a chance, I’d love to see some old photos or memorabilia your parents may have from Tiriolo. And I’m always keen for an old tale from the old country.

    Best wishes!

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    1. Francesco Sestito

      I was born in Ciro Marina. When I was my Family migrated to Toronto, Canada in 1956. My parents for over 30 years have spent 3 to 4 months out of the year in Ciro Marina.I myself was fortunate enough to have been in Ciro many times with my parents. 2008 was the last time we were able to be together as a family in Ciro Marina. My father who passed away in October 2009 had his passpport renewed in the hopes of making his last trip to his beloved Ciro Marina.

      Ciro Marina’s sea and beaches, and my families vineyards are forever apart of my identity.

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      1. kenekaplan Post author

        Francesco,

        Thank you for leaving your story and memories here. I’m sorry to hear about the passing of your father. Rituals like returning to Calabria every year make life more meaningful.

        I, too, have roots in Ciro Marina…but no family vineyard as far as I know! My great grandmother brought my gandfather from Ciro Marina to the San Francisco Bay Area. I haven’t made it to Ciro yet, but hopefully this or next summer (July).

        This year, my wife and I are celebrating our 10th anniversary. We’re rekindling a few rituals important to us: visiting the Vatican then down to Assisi to spend time inside the Basilica of San Francesco, where we married in the Jubilee year 2000.

        If you are in Facebook, please send me a friend notice. I’d like to learn more from your about Ciro Marina and your family. Or feel free to email me at k4karma at gmail dot com.

  3. Tony Paone

    Very good video, I was born in Tiriolo! I am going back to visit every second year! Amazing town! Never get tired of it! A lot of ancient history.

    Tony from Vancouver, Canada

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    1. floyd

      tony

      i am traveling from u.s. to italy
      hoping to see tiriolo after i visit cosenza rose where my grandmother was from.
      wondering if one can drive to the top of the town of tiriolo.
      i hope so, because it looks like quite a hike up those alleyways otherwise.
      any info would be great

      thanks

      floyd amoresano

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  4. Patricia Rosselli

    Thank you for the trip down memory lane! My Nonna and wonderful family live there and we have had the opportunity to visit Tiriolo many times (including this past summer of 2008)! It is a beautiful town, especially in the month of August when there are festivals every night entertaining thousands. And not to mention the surrounding beaches are unbelievable and definitely worth visiting. Due Mare Restaurante has the best Pizza and the most amazing view in the world. I have many photos of Tiriolo. If you would like me to share some, I would be happy to. Cheers!

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