The Careri Torroni labs and factory are located in Bagnara Calabra, a small town along the Costa Viola, in the province of Reggio Calabria. This unique little town perched on the hills with an enchanting view over the sea is a concentrate of hospitality, tradition and history.
Colle Marturano (the ‘Marturano Hill’) divides in two the very long beach stretching along the coast for over one kilometre. When the sea catches the reflection from the sun and the rocks, especially at sunset, the seabed takes on a light bluish-purplish colour. Hence, the name "Costa Viola" given to our coast, which includes the municipalities of Bagnara, Palmi, Scilla and Seminara.
Noteworthy are also various monuments, churches and buildings of historical significance. You can admire the Castello Ducale Ruffo, known to the locals as ‘Castello Emmarita’, which today, after restoration, regularly hosts cultural events; and Torre Ruggiero, dating back to the XVI-XVII century. There is also a Fontana Garibaldi (Garibaldi’s Fountain), where the famous general stopped for a drink, after leaving the National Guard’s headquarters. You can also enjoy Villa De Leo, built in Art Nouveau style, declared of cultural interest and placed under the supervision of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Activities and Tourism.
Both the town centre and the outer precincts feature historical churches, such as the ‘Chiesa Maria SS. del Monte Carmelo’ (Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel) and the ‘Chiesa di Maria SS. del Rosario’ (Church of Our Lady of the Rosary) where you can see the marble statue of ‘Padreterno’ (the Almighty), the Abbey Church of Santa Maria and XII Apostoli 1082-1117 (origins of the surrounding Church), of considerable historical-artistic interest protected under the single text on cultural heritage of 2004, located in the heart of the historic center, at the top of a wide staircase that connects it to the lower area and overlooks a street with a large viewpoint which is the Villa Comunale.
But, in addition to visiting the vestiges of the cultural heritage, in Bagnara you can embark in the discovery of the typical local gastronomy which carries with it the rich traditions of the town. Mid-April sees the beginning of the ‘pesce spada’ (swordfish) hunting season, made of waiting and patience. Every year in July, since 1965, Bagnara has been holding the Swordfish Festival. Prominent among Bagnara’s products is torrone artigianale (home-style nougat), which in 2014 won the town of Bagnara the important recognition of Torrone di Bagnara IGP (Protected Geographical Status). You can find it and buy it on our website! The Municipality of Bagnara also includes the district of Pellegrina which is renowned for Pane di Grano (wheat bread)
And the craftsmen are also active with their potter’s wheels to forge earth and water into ceramic objects. By tasting the typical products of Bagnara, made in our factory, you can experience and appreciate our small town from a distance. Just visit our online shop and find out which delicacies you want to bring into your home! If you happen to visit Calabria, come down to to Bagnara: take a dip into the sea and indulge in the local delights! You will have a great time! See you there!