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Explore Cosenza: The heart of Calabria in a mix of history, culture and nature

Explore Cosenza: The heart of Calabria in a mix of history, culture and nature Surrounded by green hills and crossed by the river Crati, Cosenza is a destination that fascinates with its unique combination of historical heritage, local traditions and breathtaking landscapes.

Also Rende, with its modern city center, is the throbbing heart of innovation, home to the University of Calabria, a national excellence among Italian universities. Both of these places offer a unique mix of history, culture and contemporary dynamism, all waiting to be discovered.


Rende city center

Known for its lively atmosphere and modern architecture, Rende city center is an ideal place to shop, enjoy Calabrian cuisine in its restaurants and bars, and dive into the the local culture.


University of Calabria

Located in Rende, the University of Calabria is one of the most prestigious academic institutions in southern Italy. Founded in 1972, it offers a wide range of courses and curricula and contributes to the cultural growth and innovation of the region.

Unical Rende


Center of Cosenza

Crossed by the Crati River, the historic city center of Cosenza is a maze of cobbled alleys, suggestive squares and ancient monuments that tell the thousand-year history of the city. Gaze at the majestic Cathedral, the Swabian Castle, the Rendano Theater and other not to be missed architectural gems.


The Bilotti Open Air Museum

Located in the Mediterranean Biodiversity Park, the Bilotti Open-Air Museum is a fascinating collection of contemporary art scattered among the trees and meadows of the park where you will be able to admire sculptures and art installations by contemporary artists while strolling in nature.


La Sila

Just off the city of Cosenza is the Sila Massif, a vast plateau covered by fir forests, crystal clear lakes and breathtaking landscapes, an ideal place for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking and other outdoor activities surrounded by unspoiled nature.

Crati valley natural reserve.

Located in the surroundings of Cosenza, the natural reserve of the Crati valley is an oasis of biodiversity where you can hike, observe the local fauna and flora and relax in an unspoiled natural environment.


The Cathedral of Cosenza

One of the city’s top attractions, the Cathedral of Cosenza is a magnificent church built between the 12th and 13th centuries, featuring a mix of different architectural styles, such as Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque.


The Norman-Swabian Castle

Situated on the hill of Pancrazio, the Norman-Swabian Castle dominates the Cosenza horizon. This medieval fortress offers spectacular views of the city and the surrounding mountains, as well as a museum displaying the history of the castle and the city.

The Alfonso Rendano Theater

Dating back to the 19th century, the Alfonso Rendano Theater is one of the most important theaters in Calabria and one of the cultural attractions of Cosenza. With its sumptuous interior decoration and rich schedule of plays, concerts and events, the theater offers an unforgettable artistic experience.


Cosenza & Nature.

Marvel at the unspoiled beauty of Sila, an immense mountain plateau located near Cosenza. You can enjoy exciting hikes among fir woods, crystal clear lakes and breathtaking views that will make you feel in direct contact with nature. Alternatively, if you are looking for an adventurous and fun experience, you can try rafting on the Lao River. Tackle rapids, navigate through spectacular gorges and admire the beauty of the surrounding landscape as you enjoy an exciting adventure along the crystal-clear waters of the river


Crati Riverwalk

Take a walk along the Crati Riverwalk, a scenic promenade along the banks of the Crati River, offering panoramic views of the city and its natural surroundings. With its cafes, playgrounds and green areas, it is the ideal place to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature within the city.


Cuisine and territory.

Experience Cosenza through gastronomic and cultural experiences that will make you discover its hidden treasures. You can start your journey with a tour of local wineries and savor a selection of fine local wines as you immerse yourself in the area's rich winemaking tradition, exploring the most picturesque vineyards. Afterward, indulge in the magic of Cosenza's historic city center with a tour that will take you through its ancient streets and its most representative monuments such as the Duomo, the Swabian Castle and the Rendano Theatre. Then stop at the best local boutiques to savor Calabrian specialties such as charcuterie, cheese, olives and traditional sweets.


BV President Hotel: A comfortable stay in Cosenza

After discovering the wonders of this territory, make your stay in Cosenza even more extraordinary by staying at the BV President Hotel, located in an ideal location near the train

station, the University of Calabria and the lively center of Rende and Cosenza.