The village of Bova, dominated by the ruins of a Norman castle, is perched on a crest of the Aspromonte massif. The town is the former capital of the ancient Greek presence in Calabria, and forms part of a unique linguistic island - along with Condofuri, Gallicianò, Roccaforte del Greco and Roghudi - where a related dialect is still spoken,. The town also preserves other "eastern" traditions, particularly in the textile arts. Expert artisans still produce splendidly colored carpets and bed-covers, with clear oriental influences. The town's architectural symbols are the Castle and Cathedral, both of Norman origin, then modified through the centuries.