The plain is marshland; it was reclaimed and made workable in the Sixties, which led to significant immigration from the surrounding mountains, creating contained agricultural activity (citrus fruit, olive trees, paddy fields) which remains the zone’s main economic resource, as well as tourism.The largest cities on the Plain are Rossano (home to a prestigious, old liquorice factory; liquorice is extracted and processed all over the Plain.The Museum’s main building was erected in the Nineties to designs by architect Riccardo Wallach.One of the excavation areas was opened to the public along the SS106, approximately 2 km south of the main building.A large stretch of green greets travellers descending the Pollino massif from the Autostrada del Sole motorway with the Ionian Sea on the horizon. And, having left the motorway, take the roads that cut through the fields to experience part of our wealth, the scent of citrus fruits.The cultivation and sale of citrus fruits produces wealth in this area.
The Pollino massif and the National Park Places: Mormanno - Morano Calabro - Civita - Castrovillari - Cerchiara di Calabria – Pollino National Park. in between the Ionian Sea and the Sila and Pollino massifs in the region of Calabria is the Sybaris plain, the largest of the Calabrian plains.The name of the Sybaris Plain derives from the Greek city Sybaris, one of the first Greek colonies in Italy, founded by Achaean and Troezenian colonists in the VII century B. It soon earned a name as a trading destination, as the go-between between Greek and Etruscan commerce.The plains come alive before dawn, work is done before the heat becomes unbearable and drives us to the sea.The inhabitants of the Sybaris Plain no longer emigrate, in fact they welcome workers from the nearby mountains; some find work cultivating the fields, some during harvest time and some in packaging and processing the citrus fruits.