Calabria: If a Vespa-riding, siesta-loving, unapologetically chaotic Italy still exists, it’s in Calabria. Rocked by recurrent earthquakes and lacking a Matera or Lecce to give it high-flying tourist status, this is a corner of Italy less globalized and homogenized. Its wild mountain interior and long history of poverty, Mafia activity and emigration have all contributed to its distinct culture. Calabria is unlikely to be the first place in Italy you’d visit. But if you’re intent on seeing a candid and uncensored version of la dolce vita that hasn’t been dressed up for tourist consumption, look no further, ragazzi (guys).
Often called the Switzerland of the South, Calabria covers the mountainous toe of Italy. Here one finds the most beautiful forests, and the hillsides the white leaves of ancient olive trees cover the ground.
When traveling between the Calabrian mountains, in a vast land of magnificent beauty, you are in a region bounded within two seas of approximately eight hundred kilometers coasts . This particular configuration is present in endless views. Where nature has a plot in a significant way, the lines that talent and social work must follow, or art efforts can improve.
Calabria, closed in the north with the Pollino and Orsomarso imponent relieves, has a predominantly mountainous territory, vast green reserves, and lakes with robust splendor inside Sila, demoted summit to peak into the sea on the Range Coast, very high silver firs, and rushing streams on the Serre, the last window on the Mediterranean between the Aspromonte summits.
It describes the Calabria’s 800 km of pristine coastline in detail, as well as the nature parks and reserves. It includes sports available.
This guide also leads you in a drive-through Calabria, starting from Maratea and then going to Papasidero, Cosenza, the Sila mountains, Crotone, Pizzo Calabro, Tropea and Capo Vaticano, Locri, Pentedattilo, to end up in Reggio Calabria.
It includes photos and descriptions of the attractions of all the localities touched, as well as travel info, and info on regional food.
It contains many reviews for the best-recommended restaurants. You have the necessary information ready: the name, address, and telephone number in the guide together with the review.
Calabria: where to buy
Calabria’s gritty cities are of patchy interest. More alluring is its attractive Tyrrhenian coastline, broken by several particularly lovely towns (Tropea and Scilla stand out). The mountainous center is dominated by three national parks, none of them is particularly well explored. Its museums, collecting the vestiges of a rich classical past are probably its greatest treasure.
There are spectacular views from this rocky cape, around 7km south of Tropea, with its beaches, ravines and limestone sea cliffs. Birdwatchers’ spirits should soar. There’s a lighthouse, built in 1885, which is close to a short footpath from where you can see as far as the Aeolian Islands. Capo Vaticano beach is one of the balmiest along this coast.
Search for other travel guides to Italy