Calabria is located in southern Italy at the “instep and toe” of the peninsula. This southerly location produces beautiful weather, exotic and diverse fauna and flora and fabulous views. As Italy’s least industrialized region you can expect a calmer and more traditional Italian experience.
The most well known attraction in Calabria is Tropea also known as the “pearl of Calabria”. This unspoilt coastal resort features the Marina del Porto beach with its clear waters surrounded by tall cliffs. Watching the sunset in this idyllic location is something that brings tourists back to Calabria again and again. Tropea itself is a beautiful resort steeped in rich history and impressive architecture. The town has many traditions with which you can join in such as the daily evening stroll or “passeggiata” along Corso Vittorio Emanuele.
With good transport links to local islands and towns as well as a cathedral and museum in the town Tropea is a great base for your holiday in Calabria.
Scillia is a small fishing village located on a high rock and offering magnificent views of the sea. The town is quaint and unusual and if you visit you can enjoy locally caught and fish and specialties. Scillia has an interesting past; it is referred in Greek mythology as Scylla, where Odysseus encountered mythical figures. In the evenings the sun melts into the sea with amazing and unique visual effects.
Santuario di San Francesco di Paola
This monastery is considered a must see in Calabria. A relaxing yet fascinating place where history and modern day life are existing in a very individual kind of harmony. The empty cave here is devoted to Francesco di Paoli who in the 15th Century carved the cave out of rock with his followers. The site is a point of pilgrimage for religious and curious visitors from all over the world. Seeing this place is an experience that cannot be recreated.
Founded as a city by the Greeks in 720 Sybaris was a successful and thriving port for many years. It was so successful that the locals were known for their hedonism and excesses to the point where the word “sybarite” came about to describe this local trait.
Gerace is Calabria’s capital. It has a rich history and a lovely medieval town. One of the main attractions here is the old Norman Castle which is believed to have been built by the Byzantines in the 10th Century.
Located on a hilltop this attractive town is something that can never be forgotten. It has been inhabited since neolithic times and boasts a cathedral as well as many impressive churches. If you want scenic views, good food and life at a more Italian pace then a visit to Gerace is a must.