Monte Palazzi

Located on a mountaintop at 1,215 meters above sea level, Monte Palazzi is one of the highest classical sites in the central Mediterranean.

The Greeks of Locri Epizephyrii built a fort here to watch the overland route from the Ionian to the Tyrrhenian seas. This outpost seems to have been continuously occupied from the 5th to the 3rd centuries BCE.

Pottery finds at the site suggest a period of occupation ranging between the late 6th and the mid- or late 3rd centuries BCE and consist largely of Greek finewares and storage vessels, including amphoras from Locri Epizephyrii, a major city c. 30 km. to the south on the Ionian coast.

Finds of kitchen wares and grinding stones attest to the presence of a small Greek settlement, perhaps a garrison guarding the main overland trading route between the Ionian and the Tyrrhenian Sea. However, fragments of votive ceramics, figurines, and painted plaster do not rule out the possibility that Monte Palazzi may have been a frontier sanctuary in the Locrian hinterland.