Crotone is a city on the east coast of Calabria, southern Italy, on the Ionian Sea with a history dating back 2,700 years. Founded circa 710 BC as the ancient city of Croton or Kroton (remnants of which are entirely lost), this was one of the important colonial settlements of Ancient Greece. It was famous for its School of Medicine and the achievements of its athletes, who won many honours at the Olympic Games in Greece. The main sights in the town are the Cathedral, originally from the 9th-11th century but largely rebuilt, the 16th century Castle of Charles V which houses the Town Museum with findings excavated in the ancient site of Kroton and Le Castella, the ancient castle built on an island.
The town is also a good base for for the nearby beaches, the Greek ruins at Capo Colonna and the fortifies hilltop town of Santa Severina with its Norman castle.
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