|Comune di Amantea|
View of Amantea on the sea with the Palazzo delle Clarisse.
|Province / Metropolitan city||Cosenza (CS)|
|Frazioni||Acquicella, Camoli, Campora San Giovanni, Coreca, Colongi|
|• Mayor||Francesco Tonnara|
|• Total||28 km2 (11 sq mi)|
|Elevation||50 m (160 ft)|
|Population (31 December 2011)|
|• Density||490/km2 (1,300/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Patron saint||St. Anthony of Padua|
|Saint day||June 13|
It is a tourist centre on the southern Tyrrhenian Sea coast.
Amantea appears as a centre of its own in the 7th century, although traces of human presence from pre-historical times onwards have been found in the area. In 839 the Arabs captured it, being ousted by the Byzantines in 889. Later it was under Norman domination. In 1269 the Amanteani rebelled against the Angevines in the name of Conradin of Hohenstaufen, but were besieged by the French and defeated.
In July 1810, three British warships, the frigate HMS Thames, HMS Weazel, and Pilot, captured or destroyed a convoy of 31 coasting vessels that were carrying stores and provisions from Naples to Murat's army at Scylla. Seven large gunboats, four scampavias, and an armed pinnace protected the convoy. At the approach of the British warships the convoy and its escorts beached themselves in front of Amantea, but the British were still able to capture almost all the vessels, and destroy half a dozen, all while suffering only minimal casualties.
- The Rocca (Castle). First built by the Byzantines, it was strengthened by the Arabs. The current cylindrical tower is however to the Norman-Hohenstaufen age. It was long besieged by Charles of Anjou's troops in 1269. It was nearly destroyed during the French siege in 1806-1807. It is now a public structure, but is abandoned.
- Church of San Bernardino.
- Palazzo delle Clarisse (17th century). The palace was built in the early seventeenth century as the Convent of the Poor Claires (Clarisse) and has remained a convent until 1806 when the French, as a result of the siege of Amantea, confiscated it along with other church properties and then sold it to the Marquis de Luca di Lizzano who made it his noble residence. The Marquis De Luca lived in the palace until 1977. Following a period of severe neglect and decay, the building was then purchased and restored by the current owner, Prof. Fausto Perri. The Palazzo delle Clarisse now hosts cultural and commercial activities such as concerts, exhibitions and paintings by the masters of the Atelier of Copyists, a highly specialized Italian laboratory with great tradition as well as a restaurant with a beautiful view of the sea.
- Palazzo Mirabelli (17th century).
- U Turriune (large tower, 14th century) at Campora San Giovanni.
- Archaeological findings in the area of Campora San Giovanni.
- Capuchins Church.
- Population data from Istat
- Lorelli, Alfonso (2009). Amantea nel XX secolo. Catanzaro: Rubettino.
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