Established on December 27, 1991, it’s the largest in Italy in terms of side, covering an area of 14,721 hectares, 42.15 km of coastline and involving the municipality of Crotone and Isola Capo Rizzuto. The Protected Marine Area “Capo Rizzuto” offers to visitors an exclusive itinerary through an heritage of considerable value, in which nature converges with history and archeology: a journey between the legend and the myth, with scent of a crystalline sea that bathes the fine amber sand and the steep cliffs. With its eight promontories, the area includes two places of interest with very ancient origins: it’s bordered to the north by the Lacinio promontory, on which stands the archeological site of Capo Colonna and in which you can find, along with many remains of buildings, the last surviving column of the temple dedicated to Hera (or Era), the Greek patron deity of marriage; in the meantime it’s bordered to the south by Punta delle Castella or more commonly le Castella, a fishing village and fraction of Isola Capo Rizzuto, rich of Greek-Roman archaeological remains and are still visible, as well as by the famous Aragonese Castle, a probable Magna Graecia fortification erected on a small peninsula on the sea. The establishment of the Protected Marine Area derives from a dual objective: environmental preservation, unique for the entire costal area, and archaeological preservation, given the rich heritage that holds it. Stretches of rocky coasts alternate with expanses of very fine sands, wet by a sea rich of flora and fauna that has the peculiar characteristic of being very low compared to all the other depths of the Calabria coast.