Island of Dino

Island of Dino

The island of Dino is an Italian island located along the northwestern coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea, opposite the built-up area of ​​Praia a Mare in Calabria, more precisely in front of Capo dell’Arena in the south of the country. The name perhaps derives from the fact that on the island there was a temple (aedina) dedicated to Venus, or, more credited hypothesis, it would derive the name from the Greek etymon dina, or vortex, storm. In fact they were a dangerous time for sailors, in days of rough seas, the waters near the southern tip of the island, called Frontone.Si extends for 50 hectares with a maximum altitude of 100 meters. On the northern side, in front of Capo dell’Arena, there is a small dock which leads to a road that, with a development of 1700 meters, leads to the cottages located in the upper part of the island. It has sides with cliffs over 80 meters high and others rather steep, at the base of which, both below and above sea level, erosion on the limestone gave rise to many caves including that of the “Monaco “, Of the” Sardines “where there are stalagmites, of the” Falls “, of the” Lion “and finally the” Blue Grotto “which is the largest. But the most interesting cave on the island, although accessible only to experienced divers, is the Gargiulo Cave, which opens 18 meters below the surface of the sea and extends into the depths of the island for a few tens of meters, completely submerged, made except for two air bubbles. Access to a part of the Grotto is not advisable even for divers, except for expert speleosub.

 

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