With this initiative called “Cinquefrondi Builds Beauty” Mayor Michele Conia wants to reverse the trend of depopulation and abandonment of the country.
So Mayor Conia tells us about the initiative.
“Finding new owners for the many abandoned houses is a basic goal of the “Cinquefrondi Builds Beauty” project that I launched to recover degraded areas of the city. Despite being surrounded by the natural beauty of Aspromonte National Park and overlooking the Ionian and Tyrrhenian coasts, the urban scenery of Cinquefrondi is marked by houses in bed conditions. We rise among the refreshing hills and two warm seas, a pristine river flows nearby and the beaches are only a 15-minute drive away. But an entire neighborhood in my city is abandoned, with empty houses that are also unstable and risky.”
An annual insurance policy of €250 is required to guarantee the completion of the renovation until the end of the work.
Cinquefrondi is a Greek and Byzantine settlement and remains of the city’s ancient fortifications are visible in its arched alleys. In the local dialect words of ancient Greek are found in the names of places and streets.
The landscape is characterized by the presence of olive groves and is dotted with ruins of Greek fortresses, an ancient Greek road built to connect the two seas, from a Roman villa, now-ruined monasteries, and pagan temples.
Locals proudly call themselves the “last Greeks.”
“It’s a land of cultural contamination and cross-civilization,”says Mayor Conia The door to my office is always open to anyone knocking.”
The city has recently undergone some improvements to its infrastructure. Streets, squares, ancient fountains, public parks, and even a church have been carefully restored and painted in rainbow colors.