Ardore

Ardore is a small Locride reality, divided into four hamlets. The foundation of Ardore dates back Neolithic, as evidenced by the dating of hunting gear found here.

The name could refer to the valorous nature of its inhabitants or to the Greek verb meaning “wet”, ehich fits in the blue and crystalline sea.

In Ardore one can witness traces of the past: from the Greek colonization to the Roman age. The ancient village is perched on a hill for defensive purposes, where in 1600 its first duke, Orazio I Gambacorta, erected a squareshaped castle surrounded by four towers, which includes a prison , militia quarters, cellars and stables.

An attraction of religious character is the cathedral dedicated to St. Leonardo located in Piazza Umberto I, which contains a Neapolitan noble style altar dating back to XVIII.