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Trip PlannerEurope  /  Italy  /  Calabria  /  Province of Cosenza  /  Diamante


Nightlife · Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks
Diamante is a coastal town and comune in the province of Cosenza, part of the Calabria region of southern Italy.The Diamante citron takes its name from the town, and Calabria is still the home of this variety of citron.Chili Peppers FestivalEach year in early September Diamante hosts a festival celebrating the local produce, peperoncino (chili pepper). Among the other products one can find the Calabrese Bomba made from as dried strings of chili peppers which have been infused into olive oil and mixed with other vegetables and mushrooms. The festival is a major event for the small town as it attracts a large number of tourists from all over the world. It lasts for a full week and each day there are several events including famous plays performances, folk dances, speeches by important figures, chili eating challenges and cartoon drawing challenge.Every year they organise special events, such as the exposition of samples of chili peppers from all around the world or research papers about chili peppers published by the local Università del Gusto. Furthermore, there are a lot of stalls set up along the seafront which sell creamed chili sauces, flavoured chocolates (chili, lemon, citron, orange, etc flavourings), chili flavoured cheese, pottery, Sicilian 'arancini' and 'cannoli', Neapolitan 'craffa', mixtures of vegetable sauces and creames (including garlic and onion spreadables). Moreover, most of the roads into the town are very narrow and inaccessible with a car, countless little shops of handmade food and handcrafted goods can be found in these roads.
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