Coreca

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Coreca
Frazione
Panorama Coreca 2018.jpg
Coreca is located in Italy
Coreca
Coreca
Location of Coreca in Italy
Coordinates: 39°4′5″N 16°5′38″E / 39.06806°N 16.09389°E / 39.06806; 16.09389Coordinates: 39°4′5″N 16°5′38″E / 39.06806°N 16.09389°E / 39.06806; 16.09389
Country  Italy
Region Calabria
Province Cosenza (CS)
Comune Amantea
Area
 • Total 4 km2 (2 sq mi)
Elevation 18 m (59 ft)
Population (1 January 2017)
 • Total 700
 • Density 180/km2 (450/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Corachesi
(in English) Corachese
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 87032
Dialing code 0982
Patron saint Our Lady of the Angels
Saint day 22 August

Coreca (Coraca or Corica, in the viariant local dialect) is a frazione of the comune (municipality) of Amantea, in the province of Cosenza, Calabria, Italy, located close to Campora San Giovanni.

Geography[edit]

Borders and territory[edit]

The southern Tyrrhenian Sea is to the west of Coreca, and the city of Amantea is to the south, where the border starts at Campora San Giovanni. The territory consists mainly of a rocky promontory, and the city center lies in the plain. It also includes a hilly area and wide beaches. The climate is typically Mediterranean, characterized by mild and humid winters and hot, dry and windy summers with a high percentage of sunny days.

Economy[edit]

The primary source of wealth in Coreca, as well as in nearby Campora San Giovanni, is the tourism and hotel sector, developed thanks to the scenic coastline: popular are the Coreca Reefs, photographed since the 1960s and used by amateur radio enthusiasts. There are also some small factories where food, furniture and machinery are manufactured.

Coreca on 1950s

Hamlets[edit]

From 2017 the territory of Coreca is divided into the following hamlets:

  • Formiciche
  • Giascogne (in local dialect Juascugnu)
  • Grotte (in local dialect "i Grutti")
  • La Pietra (in local dialect a Petraja)
  • Marinella (from 2011)
  • Oliva (from 2011)

Monuments and places of interest[edit]

Church of Our Lady of the Angels[edit]

On October 1, 1964, work began on the construction of the Church of Coreca, which is be dedicated to Our Lady of the Angels, the work ending in 1965 in the presence of the authorities of the time. The church is of modern but sober style, able to hold 65 people. Every year during the patronal feast (August 22) there is a procession through the central streets.

Square Madonna degli Angeli[edit]

On April 2, 2003, the municipal resolution was passed and on 5 May, 2005, the works began for the construction of the central square in order to host the summer events of the hamlet. Since 2015 it is named after of Madonna degli Angeli for the proximity to the little church and also for the presence of a small niche with a statue of Our Lady. The square is handled, cleaned and maintained in a communal use by a local tourist association since 2013.

Coreca's Caves[edit]

The iron mines of ancient Temesa are very important in the area. During World War II they were used as a refuge for local residents and for Anglo-American soldiers who used them as warehouses. Later the caves were used for Christmas and Easter events until the early 2000s.

Tower of Coreca or "Turriella"[edit]

Tower of Coreca is located north of the village of Coreca, on the slopes of the Tuvulo hill. This tower, partly collapsed on the first floor, is of some historical importance. It is perceived as a crucible of styles that have been followed over the centuries and used mainly as a view of the Arabs, then Normans and various lords of the territory followed up to the arrival of Nazi troops and then Anglo-American troops in the Second World War. Turriella can be reached by the Tonnara road to the north and the road from Marinella to the south.

Photogallery[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Coreca at Wikimedia Commons