In 2016 the Archaeological Park of Castiglione di Paludi finally opened its doors to the public. The completion of this project was made possible thanks to the financial support obtained through the Piani Operativi Regionali (POR) Calabria 2007/13, Obiettivo operativo 5.2.1 DGR 110/2011. The first phase of the archaeological area’s restoration was completed thanks to Progetto Calabria 2000-2006.
In addition to the site’s reopening to the public, the funding provided by POR Calabria 2007/2013 made the opening of the Polyfunctional Cultural Center possible as well. Located in Paludi, the center is right on the street that leads to the archeological park of Castiglione. An important introductory stop on any visit to the park, the center was also created to host various kinds of events such as conferences, concerts, exhibitions, commercial expositions, video projections, etc.
The archeological site of Castiglione di Paludi constitutes one of the most important and best preserved examples of military architecture in the entire region of Magna Grecia.
The site occupies the summit plateaus of a formidable hill of about 40 hectares, naturally defended by steep slopes which render it nearly inaccessible on all sides. The area was inhabited for a considerable period of time between the 9th and 3rd centuries BC. The earliest phase of inhabitation is documented by the Oenotrian necropolis which dates to the early Iron Age (9th-8th centuries BC), found in the Piana Agretto area just outside the settlement’s walls. The site’s main phase of occupation is that of the fortified settlement however, most likely founded by the Brettii in the 4th century BC, who adopted an urban scheme modeled after that of the Hellenistic cities of the age. Castiglione’s best known monumental remains are dated to this period: the so-called theater, the northern residential area, and above all the settlement’s defensive walls, best symbolized by the imposing East Gate.