Calabria, a land of traditions and ancient flavours

Calabria, a land of traditions and ancient flavours

Calabria, a land of traditions and ancient flavours

  • 9 days - 8 nights - A STRONG MIX OF LANDSCAPES, DAZZLING BEACHES AND CRYSTAL CLEAR WATERS, ANCIENT VILLAGES AND MILLENARY CULTURAL ATTRACTIONS, ALL ENRICHED BY A DELICIOUS CULINARY TRADITION. THIS AND MUCH MORE AWAITS YOU IN CALABRIA!

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  • Day 1 – The Cedar Riviera

  • The Cedar Riviera welcomes you to Calabria; in this portion of the Tyrrhenian coast, famous for the cultivation of this ancient fruit, there are several places to discover, from Diamante, the city of murals, to Scalea and the village of Aieta. You have to go up to the Sanctuary of Monte Serra and enjoy a wonderful view of Cetraro and the Cedar Riviera

  • Day 2 – Exploring Old Villages

  • Explore the old villages of the inland: Morano, a jewel in the heart of the Pollino, which preserves works by Pietro Bernini, father of the famous Gian Lorenzo, in the church of San Bernardino; Civita, the village of the Seven Wonders with the Devil's Bridge and the Kodra houses; Altomonte, perched on a hill overlooking the entire surrounding valley. You are in an area where vine growing produces excellent wines with a particular flavour that you have to taste at a local producer

  • Day 3 – At the Roots of History

  • Today your discovery trip to Calabria takes you south, however it is worth making a detour to Rossano to visit the Diocesan Museum housing the Purple Code, a gold manuscript of the Gospels of Matthew and partly of Mark, and the beautiful Cathedral. History is also the protagonist in the Licorice Museum, the licorice production began around the year 1000 and continued over the centuries among Crusades, intellectual commitment and agriculture. Live the unique experience of a surprising journey between the Factory and the Museum where the secrets of licorice processing will be revealed. Your trip continues with a stay on the Coast of the Gods

  • Day 4 – The Coast of the Gods

  • The fame of Tropea and Capo Vaticano must not overshadow places equally interesting such as Zungri, which preserves an architectural complex of cave-houses also communicating through internal tunnels. Here you can taste some typical products such as the red onion and “n’duja”. Continue to Pizzo where you cannot miss a visit to the Piedigrotta church and a tasting of the “truffle” ice cream. In the afternoon you can dive into the crystalline waters of Capo Vaticano, go up to the Sanctuary of Santa Maria dell'Isola located on a rock overlooking the sea, or reach Stromboli by hydrofoil to admire at dusk the “Sciara di fuoco” that plunges into the sea

  • Day 5 – Hamlets and Towns with Unique Treasures

  • Head to Scilla where you will admire the millenary castle overlooking the sea owned by the Ruffo di Calabria Counts. A visit to the ancient fishing village that is now the Chianalea district is not to be missed, it is characterized by small houses piled on the rocks and lapped by the sea, narrow alleys and stairways. Continue to Reggio Calabria and before exploring the city discover the local flavours such as bergamot and saffron. A visit to the Archaeological Museum which preserves the Riace Bronzes and a walk along the seafront defined by Gabriele d'Annunzio as "the most beautiful kilometer in Italy" is unmissable

  • Day 6 – Explore the Greek Calabria

  • In the southernmost part of the region, visit Motta S. Giovanni standing on a rocky hill surrounded by picturesque valleys and with a suggestive view that ranges from the volcano Etna to the Strait of Messina. Continue to Pentedattilo, its name derives from the shape of Mount Calvary overlooking the village, the once abandoned village is being reborn thanks to tourism. Take a detour to Amendolea with the remains of the Ruffo Castle and discover the pearl of Greek Calabria: Bova, one of the most beautiful villages in Italy

  • Day 7 – Masterpieces of Calabria

  • It is already time to leave Reggio Calabria to reach the Orange Coast, along the way it is worth passing through Gerace, called the Florence of the south, where it is enchanting strolling through the historic centre among the various churches and noble palaces up to the village top with a breathtaking view. After a small tasting, continue to the Cattolica dei Greci in Stilo, a masterpiece of Byzantine architecture, and reach the Orange Coast with its hilltop villages that overlook the sea alternating with a coast with long sandy beaches and a clear-blue sea

  • Day 8 – Between Art and Sandy Beaches

  • Today's itinerary will make you discover the renowned attractions of the area starting from Santa Severina and its castle which dominates the entire Neto valley from the imposing hill. Following the coast you will find  Capo Colonna and Le Castella with the Aragonese Manor, which was Hannibal's refuge after the defeat suffered by the Romans. Taste the traditional cuisine during lunch at a farmhouse and go discovering the most beautiful beaches of the Orange Coast, besides Soverato, the beach of Copanello di Staletti, the beach of Caminia or the one of Pietragrande

  • Day 9 – San Floro, a place to be discovered

  • San Floro was considered the European capital of silk, the silk museum has been set up inside the Caracciolo Castle which still preserves the costumes of the time, the ancient and modern looms, the natural colours and, not far away, the structure for the breeding of the silkworm and mulberry groves. The museum is part of an eco-sustainable tourism project carried out by a group of young people who promote the care of the territory and their roots against neglect and abandonment