In the heart of the Riviera dei Cedri and the National Park of the Pollino
Grisolia, in the province of Cosenza on the high-tyrrhenian coast of Calabria, is located on a hill and is separated from the nearby inhabited centre of Maierà by a ravine. It is a famous beach locality in the heart of the Riviera dei Cedri, 450 meters on the sea level. Grisolia is also included in the National park of the Pollino with its Monte La Mula (1910 meters on the sea level), the highest mountain in an italian municipality by the sea. Its territory is inhabited by a great variety of species, such as the centuries-old chestnut trees (Grisolia's symbol), the local roe deer and the apennine wolf. The nature lovers can enjoy a wonderful view on the Riviera dei Cedri, the entire Golfo di Policastro and Palinuro.
The town is divided in three areas: the modern area by the sea, the intermediate/marine area, the nucleus of the historical centre. Grisolia was born as a medieval centre full of alleys, staircases, arches and palaces with different sizes, styles and age like the Palazzo Ducale, the Palazzo de Patto and the Palazzo Tosto.
Grisolia's traditions are numerous and various. One of the most important traditions is the procession of San Rocco di Montpellier on the 16th august: many barefoot women follow the statue of the saint carrying wooden structures with candles, flowers and ribbons on their head and singing songs dedicated to him. The streets are embellished with flowers and ribbons and create a suggestive scenery.