Despite being one of the smallest comune in the Calabrian region of southern Italy, San Sostene can hold its own as an interesting place to visit. The area is known for its production of chestnuts, olive oil, and wine. The crystal clear water of its beaches is the primary tourist draw.

However, it is the traditions and festivals of the local townspeople that will hold the interest of those who decide to stick around a bit longer.

The biggest and most important of these traditions is the festival that celebrates the feast day of San Rocco, the patron saint of the country. Locals and pilgrims alike all gather to ask for intercessions from the Saint during this festival, which is held in August. The highlight of the festival is the Processione di San Rocco. This is a long procession where the statue of the saint is carried around the village and followed by the people. Other activities include concerts, cultural events, dances, fireworks, competitions, and a stage play on the life of San Rocco. The stage play is highly anticipated as all the actors are ordinary villagers who gamely take the stage and become actors for the night. They get help from a theater company from Milan who also provides the costumes and props.

Also worth participating in are the villages Christmas and New Year celebrations. During Christmas all the houses are dressed up and sweets are given out to guests and visitors. A live nativity scene is also set up by the locals. On New Years Eve, people take to the streets for a traditional procession with young children leading the way.

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