The Italian word "tradizione" (traditions) is from the Latin tradere which means to hang down.
In Calabria during its thousand-year history, several population with different cultures came in succession. For this reason here we find a lot of uses, customs, languages and values that are still alive.
As a consequence Calabria is a land rich in many traditions that have been handed down by the craftsmanship of ceramics, weaving, wood, goldsmithing, folklorist dance and music. Moreover the gastronomic traditions make Calabrian cuisine among the richest in Italy.
These activities have been kept alive thanks to the young generation who still live in the small villages. They have learned and earned so much from their ancestors that now they are turning this heritage into new business.
Among the villages where the traditions are still strong there are Tiriolo and Rogliano.
Tiriolo is called the village between the two seas, because it is located in the narrowest part of Calabria and you can admire the Ionian Sea to the East and the Tyrrhenian Sea to the West. It is also known for the art of weaving and of ancient musical instruments. Rogliano, known as the village of 12 churches, in the heart of the Savuto Valley, is divided in Rioni Serra, Spano, Cuti and Forche districts. It is also famous for the tradition of bread, the folklorist music and the artisan nativity scenes.