Things to do in Calabria
Calabria is a great place to visit with over 500 miles of beaches along the coast. This is one of the least known areas of Italy among the people of Great Britain.
The people of Italy spend their time on the Tyrrhenian and lonian coasts in Calabria. In September the sea is blue and as warm as bath water. In late September until October this is a great time to try the ubiquitous red peperonchino which is a red chili pepper that it in season.
Throughout history Calabria has seen some rough times. The Greek colonized this area in the eighth century BC. The area was then ruled by the Romans, Byzantines, Normans, as well as the French and the Spanish. In 1806 feudalism was outlawed but it lasted into the 20th century. While this region is beautiful it is among the poorest in all of Italy.
This region is home to the Amalfi coast on the north end. This coast is within minutes from the Lamezia airtport and close to the towns of Pizzo and Tropea. In this area the houses seem to blend into the cliffs. There are plenty of beaches. This area is also known for the Santa Maria dell’lsola church as well as the groves of olive trees and pear cactus.
Calabria is one the southern end of the Apennne Mountains that run all the way to Sicily. Only 10% of the area is flat land. There are coasts thick with mashes, forests, and a number of national parks including the Pollno and the Sila.
This area has some large cities including Reggio Calabria and Catanzaro. There are a number of cars in this area but the roads are very hilly. In some of the smaller villages such as Squillace there a number of ceramic shops. The villege of Pentedattilo was a ghost village since 1960 but the population is slowly increasing. The empty houses are being purchased by tradesman. This town is home to a number of festivals including the film festival.
Things to do
Calabria has a number of beaches. Some have sand while others are covered in pebbles. There are 500 miles of beaches in Calabria.
The Capo Vaticano has a great lighthouse. There are a number of both public and private beaches here.
The Baslilcata region has a number of resorts and a number of activities for families. There is a train that will take a person to Naples which makes a great day trip.
Castello Ruffo, Scilla
This coastal town has a number of calm beaches and offers a great view of the ocean.
Castello Aragonese, Le Castella
This town has been around since the 16th century. There are a number of architectural wonders here as well as some great beaches.
Riace bronzes, Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Reggio Calabria
This area has a national museum and some great art pieces that date all the way back to the time Greek worriers rule.
Archery, specifically bow hunting in Calabria is also gaining popularity, by the way.
Places to Eat
Nduja is a dish to try. It is sausage mixed with chili peppers and stead on bread. It can also be found in pasta dishes.
Quei Bravi Ragazzi, Tropea
This restaurant is home to the blues festival and has a number of great dishes. There a person can get pasta with red onions, spicy sausage, and homemade pizza.
Le Chicche di Calabria, Pizzo
This small café has a great antipasta platter. There is also great meats including soppresatta, homemade cheeses, and bruschetta.
La Scogilera, Le Castella
This place has a great view of the sea and some fresh seafood. While it is a little expensive the linguine and clams is well worth the price.
Bleu de Toi, Scilla
This is a romanic place on the waterfront. There are a number of fresh seafood dishes including spaghetti with sea urchins.
Where to Grab a Drink
Bar Gelateria Ercole, Pizzo
This is a bar that has an ice cream chocolate truffle as well as home made pistachio ice cream. A person can get everything from cappuccino to prosecco.
Caffe del Corso , Tropea
The owners are very friendly and this is a great place to grab a coffee. This is also a mandarin
granite that is a must try.
Il Pescatore, Le Castella
This has a great view of the beach and is covered with a wall of pictures taken by locals over the past half century.