From Samo to Montalto

  • Trail Conditions: On foot

    The trail from Samo to Montalto (red-white trail markers and no. 116) links the East coast of Aspromonte to its highest peak, and it is dedicated to nature-loving people and above all to those who are fascinated by the traces left by man during centuries of work and history. The first settlement of Samo was created by populations of Greek origins near the coast; the village was then moved towards the hinterland to defend it from the incursions from the sea. After the 15th century it was called Precacore; it was destroyed by the earthquake in 1783 and then rebuilt; afterwards it was abandoned after the earthquake of 1908 and rebuilt more downstream, in its current position. Then it was called again Samo. The ruins of Precacore are not far from the coast: they are situated on a spur at about 400 meters above sea-level, between the "fiumara" La Verde and the valley of Santa Caterina. The 2-day long path leading to Montalto goes through almost unreal landscapes.

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