Serra San Bruno
The Serra San Bruno village is in the mountains of the chain called “Serre Vibonesi”, with unspoiled forest surrounded by white fir and chestnut trees. Serra San Bruno is home of the first Carthusian monastery in Italy and second in Europe. It was founded by the monk Bruno of Cologne. He received the land as a gift from Norman King Roger of Hauteville in 1050, and he built the Santa Maria’s hermitage and the Santo Stefano’s convent. It became the first of the Carthusian order, taking the name of Certosa. Today the town of Serra San Bruno consists of an old town called Terravecchia, largely destroyed in 1783 by an earthquake and from a new district called Spinetto, built after the disastrous earthquake. The town was rebuilt with the help of many local artisans. The real attraction of Serra, in addition to places of San Bruno, are the natural beauties. The town is characterized by the presence of numerous plant species, among which the most common are beech, chestnut and silver fir, with specimens of gigantic plants, secular, who form a very dense forest. Among the most beautiful fir plantations we have the great Archiforo forest and the “Bosco di Santa Maria”. The wooded area, part of the Serre Regional Natural Park, is crossed by the "Frassati Path". Other place of natural interest is also the Rosarella location, famous for its lake.
Serra San Bruno main attractions
Charterhouse: it is a religious cloistered complex. Of the ancient Certosa remain imposing ruins of the sixteenth century city wall, with a quadrilateral plan and cylindrical towers, part of the seventeenth century cloister, the old Carthusian monks’ cemetery, with a central fountain and the impressive Renaissance façade.
Certosa Museum: the museum, very interesting, is located within the Calabrian Carthusian order monastery complex. Opening Hours: daily: from 10:00 AM. - 1:00 PM, from 3:00 to 6:00 PM. July from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM and from 3:00 AM to 7:00 PM. August from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Price: 3 Euro per person, from 6 to 18 years € 2.50 min 5 people Euro 2.5 per person Groups, guided tours Euro 3.50, for guided tours German / English Euro 4.
Adventure Park: the adventure park "ADRENALINA GREEN", built in the Serra San Bruno’s woods, offers beautiful canopy tours to try the taste of fun hanging among lush trees.