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Address: Corso Bernardino Telesio, 87100 Cosenza, Italy

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Overlooked historic center

The old historic center of Cosenza is worth spending some time exploring. It's not fancy but a real town where people live and work.

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 18, 2014
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014 via mobile

winding streets and alleys intertwine up the hillside with hidden churches convents shops and taverns appearing in unexpected places. If you want to see REAL Italy and avoid the tourist traps then this is a must see destination

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

The old historic center of Cosenza is worth spending some time exploring. It's not fancy but a real town where people live and work.

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New York, New York, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

I highly recommend a visit to Cosenza if you are thinking of going to southern Italy. The town is gorgeous, medieval-looking buildings piled on top of each other and tiny alleys twisting steeply and mysteriously up the hillsides. We enjoyed one of our best meals in Calabria here (at Calabria Bella, right by the duomo in the center) and wished... More 

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Ancona, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

George Gissing visited Cosenza just over a hundred years ago, and wrote about it (in two chapters, I think) in his book "By the Ionian Sea". Before you go try to read what he had to say, not just for the things he mentions that still remain - the confluence of the two rivers under which Alaric was entombed with... More 

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Lund, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

We took a nice walk up to the cathedral and the old town in Cosenza. It is very interesting and not at all touristy. However, they have a severe garbage problem so I can imaging that it does not smell very nice when it is warmer. We had a nice walk and a coffee at the historic café behind the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

The historic centre of Cosenza has the close together, 3-4 story ancient apartment complexes similar to other old cities. But, it is not touristy and kitchy like Florence and Rome. I loved it, it is rough around the edges with locals walking the streets instead of other tourists.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

If anyone thinks the "touristy" areas are the only places to see in Italy, you are sadly mistaken !!! Southern Italy is STUNNING !!!!! Gorgeous landscapes, warm, wonderful, hospitable people, fantastic food, etc, etc...... Centro Storico (the ancient part) of Cosenza is a MUST see !!!!! You'll feel as if you've stepped back in time several centuries. Winding, narrow streets,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

Cosenza hasn't been discovered. The old town is interesting, great cafes and not a tourist to be found. Lots of hills so wear good walking shoes.

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