One of the potentially most important aspects of Amantea tourism is the historical center of the Calabrian town. You can take a walk down Via del Carmine, opened in the 1800s to allow for the expansion of the original nucleus of the town, and enjoy the view of both hills and sea. Via Cavour, then, is the street that will take you the real heart of the historic center; the beginning of Via Cavour is marked with a supporting arch suspended between the massive walls of ancient houses. Many tourists have claimed that this arch seems to symbolize the entrance into a separate world, unchanged after centuries.
Throughout the streets of the historical center you can admire private chapels and portals and doorways that are decorated with stylistic motifs that date to the Renaissance and Baroque periods. The door of Palazzo Mirabelli, which dates to the 17th century, and the door of Palazzo Cavallo Marincola, which also dates to the 17th century, are particularly interesting artistically. The narrow streets of the historic center flow into small, flat “squares”, lined on all sides by houses; these houses seem to almost be carved into the cliff side and seem like private courtyards. From some of the characteristic, narrow alleyways of the area allow for beautiful views of the sea below.
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