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Vibo Valentia

By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

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Not far from the sea, Vibo Valentia and its maritime district stretches out as far as the Gulf of Sant'Eufemia. From its historic centre you can admire the stunning panorama that draws the eye from Capo Palinuro to Mount Etna. As far back as the Middle Ages, the city's name was Monteleone, but in 1928 it was changed to Vibo Valentia, the ancient name used by the Brutians and Romans. However, Vibo Valentia was also the site of the flourishing Greek colony, Hipponion. The most precious object from this period is on display at the Archaeological Museum. A gold tablet dating back to between the 4th and 5th centuries, it was found at the end of the 1960's in the acropolis of the ancient city. What makes it a particularly important document is that some of the lines refer to the legend of Orpheus, and provide information on the culture and religion of the colonies of 'Magna Graecia' ('Great Greece'). Several centuries later, the Normans used some of the materials from the town of Hipponion to build an imposing castle that still dominates the city today.

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