Zagarise is one of the municipalities in the province of Catanzaro that are members of the national association Oil City, which aims to protect, promote and enhance extra virgin olive oil and the olive-growing landscape. Don't miss visits to the Olive Oil and Rural Civilisation Museumset in a restored old oil mill in which the olive processing equipment is still visible.
In the historical centre you can admire the Church of St Mary of the Assumption from the 15th century, and the annexe Silvestro Frangipane Museum of Sacred Art, hosting works of art from the 17th and 19th centuries. The latter concern canvases found in the church of the convent of the Dominican Fathers and in the church of St Mary of the Assumption.
Dating back to around the 13th and 14th centuries, the massive Norman tower is the result of numerous fortifications that the Normans, an invading people from Normandy, built throughout the Calabrian territory.
Zagarise, besides history and culture, is also unspoilt nature, being located within the Sila Piccola. There are numerous routes that outdoor enthusiasts can take: the Timpe Rosse Canyon, a path between red sandstone rocks, crossed by the Uria River, the Campanaro Falls, Mount Gariglionewith picnic areas and a panorama that embraces both the Ionian and Tyrrhenian seas.
Zagarise's characteristic sites also include Alpine refuges at an altitude of 1,600 metres, such as the Leone Grandinetti refuge - in the village of 'Latteria' -, which stands on Mount Gariglione.