When the inhabitants of the
ancient town of Condrochilione, in
the area of the river Buffa, fled their town
because of plunderers, they founded Spilinga
on the slopes of Monte Poro.
In 1783 an earthquake demolished big
parts of the town; after which Spilinga
became the country residence of the noble
families of Tropea.
This town, at the altitude of 430 meters due
to Monte Poro, is the
birth place of the most particular dish of
the area - the 'Nduja sausage, a spicy red
sausage that is produced from a blend of
meat and is frequently used by the calabrese
in all meals, as a spread on sandwiches, in
salads, with the pasta and on the pizza. The
most important ingredient, the red peperoncino
of Calabria, is also grown here.
a visit in Spilinga:
The grotta of the Madonna delle
Fonti, one of many natural caves,
still bearing signs of the basilian hermits who once lived here.
Note the main altar in alabaster and
granite, probably a work of local
There si also a water transport construction
that recalls the ancient romans aqueducts,
when actually it was constructed during the
last century by the mair of Ricadi with the
idea to transport the water of Monte Poro to
the town of Spilinga.