Located in the South-West of Italy, the region of Calabria will steal your heart with its mountains, old-fashioned villages and rugged coastline.
The region has 6 provinces, which are: Catanzaro (the regional capital), Reggio Calabria, Cosenza, Crotone and Vibo Valentia, of which coastal Calabria is the largest city.
With 485 miles (781 kilometres) of coast, Calabria offers a wide range of seaside destinations for the world traveller. Here are a few:
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.
Visit the National Museum of Reggio Calabria (Museo Nazionale della Magna Grecia) with its famous ‘Riace Bronzes’ statues.
There are quite a few national parks to choose from: Sila, Serre, Aspromonte and Pollino are definitely worth a visit.
Water sport: windsurfing, scuba diving, kite surfing or just swimming in the crystal clear water. Another option is to go rafting on the Lao River or crayoning through the Sila gorges.
A charter boat trip is the perfect way to view the Calabrian coast and get another beautiful view of this region.
For cultural inspiration and historical beauty, you need to visit Cosenza with its medieval castles and monasteries.
During winter the mountains offer skiing experiences among which Sila, Pollino and Aspromonte offer ski facilities. (Camigliatello, Lorica, Gambarie, Monte Sant’Elia)
Tropea is simply spectacular with its clifftop historic centre and is a huge tourist attraction. While in Tropea, also visit Capo Vaticano which is nearby. Capo Vaticano and the Tropea region is known for its red onions (Cipolla rossa di Tropea). So while you explore make sure to stop at a restaurant and taste this deliciousness in one of their traditional dishes. The red onions produced here are registered by the European Union and has the Protected Designation of Origin mark. Something you have to taste.
Explore the capital of Calabria, Catanzaro.
Reggio Calabria has beautiful botanical gardens and you must visit the Aragonese Castle
In Cosenza a visit to the Hohenstaufen Castle and the Cathedral of Cosenza is recommended. The Cathedral of Cosenza is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Currently there are two airports, one in Reggio and another in Lamezia Terme. Lamezia Terme, Italy (SUF) is the International Airport.