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Calabria

Calàbbria in Calabrian, Calavría in Calabrian Greek, Καλαβρία in Greek. Known in antiquity as Bruttium or formerly as Italia, Calabria is a region in Southern Italy, forming the “toe” of the Italian Peninsula.

The capital of Calabria is Catanzaro.

It is bordered to the north by the region of Basilicata, to the west by the Tyrrhenian Sea, and to the east by the Ionian Sea.

In ancient times Calabria was referred to as “Italy”. It was discovered in 2010 that Calabria has the cleanest air in Europe making it a popular tourist destination.

Calabria has one of the oldest records of human presence in Italy, which date back to around 700,000 BC. It has a very rich history of occupation by different races, mainly Greek and Italians. It has seen numerous peasant uprisings and the main language was Greek until the 16th Century when Italianization took over.

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It is one of the least developed regions of Italy according to statistics but it’s a popular tourist destination during the summer. It has been able to maintain low levels of marine pollution due to the lack of industrial development.

It is considered by many people as a natural paradise which is its main attraction. While tourism is still low, it aims to grow each year through promotion of their popular destinations like Tropea, Pizzo Calabro, Capo Vaticano, Reggio Calabria, Soverato, Scilla, Scalea, Sellia Marina, Montepaone, Montauro, Copanello (comune of Staletti), Tonnara di Palmi, Diamante, Paola, Fiumefreddo Bruzio, Amantea, Praia a Mare, Belvedere Marittimo, Roseto Capo Spulico, Corigliano Calabro, Cirò Marina, Amendolara, Roccella Ionica, Bagnara Calabra, Nicotera, Cariati, Zambrone, Isola di Capo Rizzuto, Caminia (comune of Staletti), Siderno, Parghelia, Ricadi and San Nicola Arcella.