Soverato is located in the toe of the boot of Italy, a beautiful arch offering tranquil waters, and beautiful weather, and across from Greece, in the Ionion Sea, and has been referred as one of the most known and beautiful tourist resorts on the Ionian coast, and often referred to “The gem of the Ionian Sea”. It was this very reference that led the town council to acknowledge the primary revenue source for the town to be tourism in 1881, building an infrastructure to support the floods of tourists.
The town is separated into three sections, the first urban area takes place on the coast, the second one expands on the hill and the third one, which is the highest part of the town, represents Soverato Vecchia (Old Soverato).
Soverato boasts a history of tourism for more than 4000 years. Sicilians left their mark with the “grotticella” tombs, the Greeks and Romans who lived in Poliporto, and the Byzantines who left their indelible imprint on the names, and dialect heard today. The Normans (William the Conqueror 1106 – until Stephen and Matilda 1154) and Angevins (English royal house from Anjou in the 12th and 13th centuries – Henry II was the first of the 14th Plantagenet kings stretching from Henry II – Richard III – 1154 until 1485 ) continued to contest the area.
Father Zumpano founded his Order, and Antonio Gagini carved a stunning pieta in 1521, and trade began again, as marina active families from Reggino, Sicily, Amalfi, Apulia travelled making Soverato a rich center of trade, craft and industry, followed by the Salesians who made Soverato a center for studies.
Today Soverato boasts modern conveniences, with a vibrant economy, supporting a hospital, various educational institutions, over 500 businesses, a large weekly market, fairs and ancient fishing activities, and festivals. Of note, the Madonna Addolorata patronal feast, the Madonna of Porto Salvo celebration, known as the “Madonna a mare” Carnival.
The coast is gorgeous white sands, and the popular promenade (among the first in Calabria) offers easy access on foot to pools, restaurants, public parks, hotels, shopping and other actitivies.