The greco family


The Greco family, owners of the estate, is one of the most renowned and ancient families in the city of Rossano. Historical sources trace their origins back to the 13th century, attributing their ancestry to Poland. Their coat of arms consists of a golden Greek Y and a key on a blue field, surmounted by a red band with three silver stars.

Literati and jurists, the Grecos covered also public positions. Led by pure ideals, they were trusted soldiers as well as revolutionaries, who fought against despotic regimes and conquering armies.

Ascribed among the honorable noble families of Rossano, The Greco family first acquired the Lordships of the feuds of Arnaro and S. Lorenzo. And in the XVIII century they also acquired Tenuta Ciminata, which is still considered the family farm.
Ciminata (on the top) refers to the privileged position of the original building. Formerly a tower on the top of the hill dominating the Ionian Sea.

The building was later refurbished and today consists of the 3 different blocks. A master block and other adjoined blocks previously used as houses for the farmers.

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About the Tenuta Ciminata Greco

Tenuta Ciminata Greco used to be the winter residence of the Greco Family until the 1960s. While the family spent the summer at their noble palace in the heart of Rossano. Tenuta Ciminata Greco consisted of a master building and adjoined farmhouses that hosted the farm workers and their families. In winters many other families from the surroundings joined Tenuta Ciminata to help during the olive harvest and pressing.

In the private church, considered the spiritual site of the farming community, the Mass on Sunday and non-working days was always celebrated. The industrialization at the end of 1960s changed the working processes and farm work force was drastically reduced until farmers definitively abandoned their houses at the Tenuta.

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At the beginning of 1980s, the new Greco family generation started a long and meticulous refurbishment process, giving the original 19th century building a new splendor. Today Tenuta Ciminata Greco is a charming and elegant property with 21 accommodations, suites and apartments that welcome people from around the world, curious to discover the region Calabria, and in particular the Sibari and Corigliano-Rossano areas.

The core of the property is still the olive-oil mill, completely refurbished maintaining the original stone arches, olive millstones, and cellar whose walls made of 19th glass maiolica, were used to store the olive oil. The variety of the oil produced is the Cultivar Dolce di Rossano, a very ancient oil variety, predominant in the whole area.

Spiritual site

The family chapel

The small private church, originally the spiritual site of the farm community, that lived and worked in the farm, is dedicated to San Giuseppe. Made of stone, it was perfectly refurbished using local materials and adorned with ancient vestment.

Story and testament

The library

The library contains important documents of the family hierarchy and origins as well as manuscripts and texts of the social, economic and cultural history of Rossano and its surroundings from 18th century until present.

A rich private family collection of books of history, literature, geography, art, philosophy, and international politics collected for over 4 generations.

Majestic mills

The original olive oil mill

The millstones to press olives were originally moved by mules. The advent of electricity at the beginning of the 20th century led to the renovation and mechanization of the mill.

The refurbishment process has maintained and preserved the vessels for the drawing process, the original marble electricity control, the ammeter and voltmeter, the baskets were the pulp (deriving from the olive pressing) was collected, the underground cisterns and the old amphoras to store the olive oil.

Today we are glad to invite guests for a visit of the olive mill and know a bit more about the whole olive oil production process.

Where we are

Tenuta Ciminata Greco is located in Corigliano Rossano, in the urban area of Rossano. Its privileged location makes it an excellent starting point for exploring the beauties of the region.

In just a few minutes by car, you can visit the historic center of Rossano with the Diocesan Museum, where the Codex Purpureus Rossanensis, a UNESCO heritage site, is preserved. You can also visit the “Giorgio Amarelli” Licorice Museum, the Abbey of Patire, the Ducal Castle of Corigliano, and the archaeological park of Sibari.

Furthermore, at approximately 50 kilometers away, you can visit the Sila National Park, the Pollino National Park, and the historic Albanian community of Civita, which is located within the natural reserve of Raganello Gorges.

How to reach us

By Car

[Nord – South]
A2 Autostrada del Mediterraneo – exit Sibari. Proceed on SS 534 direction Taranto. At the intersection, turn right direction Rossano- Reggio Calabria. Go straight for approx.. 20 km. At the roundabout, take the first exit on the right (via Madre Isabella De Rosis). Proceed until next roundabout. Take the first exit on the right on the right and go straight for approx. 800 mt. Turn left and follow direction to Tenuta Ciminata Greco (approx 300 mt).

[From Nord]
SS 106 direction Reggio Calabria, exit Rossano. When in Rossano, take the first exit at the roundabout (via Madre Isabella De Rosis), At the second roundabout.take the first exit on the right and go straight for approx. 800 mt. Turn left and follow direction to Tenuta Ciminata Greco.

[From South]
SS 106 direction Taranto, exit Rossano. Take the third exit at the roundabout(via Madre Isabella De Rosis). Proceed until next roundabout. Take the first exit on the right on the right and go straight for approx. 800 mt. Turn left and follow direction to Tenuta Ciminata Greco (approx 300 mt).

By Train

Rossano FS Railway Station: approximately 5 km. Taxi service available, upon reservation.
Sibari FS Railway Station: approximately 27 Km. Taxi service available, upon reservation.
Paola FS Railway Station: approximately 115 Km. Taxi service available, upon reservation.

By Air

  • Airport Lamezia Terme: 160 km. Check buses and shuttles to Rossano click here 
  • Airport Crotone: 105 km
  • Airport Bari: 230 Km
  • Airport Brindisi: 225 Km.

Rent a car or reserve a taxi at the airports to reach La Tenuta.

By Bus

Simet s.p.a. bus company connect Italian cities, Germany and Switzerland with Rossano. Find more info and check timetables click here.

Contrada Ciminata di Greco, 13 A.U. Rossano – 87064 Corigliano Rossano (CS) Italia

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