Aieta enjoys a position midway between sea and mountain. However, the most striking thing about this village is something quite rare in Calabria: the Renaissance touch of its historic center. This is thanks to the palace, or palazzo, constructed in the 17th century by the Martirano noble family. The palazzo was declared a national monument in 1913, and recently underwent restoration, particularly the wall and ceiling frescos. The rest of the village retains a medieval atmosphere, with its narrow up-and-down lanes, embellished by house-entrances carved by local masons during the 1600s and 1700s. From the highest point of the village the viewer takes in a breathtaking panorama of this complex and beautiful territory, from the marvelous Gulf of Policastro to the foothills of the Apennines.