Motta Filocastro


Former Drone Video of the Week Winner Galax brings us this excellent drone video of a hilltop village in southern Italy called Motta Filocastro.  Part of the commune of Limbadi, Motta Filocastro is located in Vibo Valentia, one of the five provinces of the region of Calabria at the "toe" of peninsular Italy.   It's situated at the base of the broad peninsula which extends into the Tyrrhenian Sea.  The town was originally founded by Greek colonists during the Antiquity, between the 5th-7th centuries BC.  

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Motta Filocastro, known for its ancient origins dating back to the 7th and 5th centuries BC, was established by the Locrian Greeks along the Tyrrhenian coast of Calabria. Over the centuries, it has undergone multiple transformations. Founded by the Locrians of Locri along the Tyrrhenian coast of Calabria, it has witnessed various transformations over the millennia. Under the Norman period, under the rule of Ruggero Bosso, Motta became an important urban center, also hosting the count's castle. In the 17th century, the city further developed, acquiring a hospital and robust defensive walls. Over the centuries, Motta was involved in crucial historical events, such as the struggle against brigandage in the 19th century and support for Garibaldi during the Italian unification. After a plebiscite in 1860, the city unanimously voted for annexation to the Kingdom of Italy.