WHAT TO SEE
Art lovers will not want to miss the opportunity to admire the famous "Bronzi di Riace" the Riace bronzes on display in the National Museum of Reggio Calabria, an essential testimony to Magna Graecia. This period profoundly marked the history of this country. These magnificent statues depicting two warrior heroes are a rare example of classical Greek sculpture. For sea lovers, Calabria, with its 800 km of coastline, offers a wide range of beautiful beaches, including Capo Vaticano in the province of Vibo Valentia, defined as one of the 100 most beautiful beaches in the world: an extended area of magnificent sand surrounded by centuries-old trees and surrounded by crystal clear water populated by a varied fish fauna. Immersion in the wild nature of the Calabrian hinterland is an experience that you cannot miss. The parks of Sila, Serre, Aspromonte, and Pollino are one of the most interesting naturalistic destinations. The "rivers" and "big stones" of Aspromonte, the "vegetable patriarchs" of Sila, the fauna of the Serre are just some of the natural wonders that this land offers.
WHAT TO DO
When you think of Calabria, the first thing that springs to mind is the sea and magnificent beaches where you can bask in the sun’s rays. The crystal clear water is also a “nature gym” where you can have a lot of fun. Windsurfing, kite surfing, or diving to discovering the beautiful backdrops in which colourful sea fans and fascinating wrecks from the Second World War live.
There are also many opportunities for fun and relaxation that Calabria offers for those who want to spend their vacation exploring the inland areas. The national parks, which cover a large part of the hinterland, offer such a wide range of possibilities that every need can be satisfied.
Those who love winter sports choose one of the many ski areas equipped with synthetic slopes for training all year round.
Those who want can go rafting along the river Lao or through the Sila Gorges.
Alternatively, you can go down the river without the help of unique boats, but “run,” dive into the water and abseil yourself in the most challenging sections with the rope (canyoning).
The support of specialist guides can make these fascinating sporting activities accessible to everyone.
Another way to learn and have fun at the same time is orienteering, a sport born in the Scandinavian countries to measure orientation skills. Equipped with a map and compass, the participant must reach the finish line as quickly as possible and choose the route independently but must make stopovers.
And why not experience the thrill of “flying” over the breathtaking views of Calabria? Specialized instructors will guide you on the paths of the sky that are firmly attached to the saddle of a paraglider and allow you to admire the beauty of Calabria from an entirely different perspective.
WHAT TO EAT
Calabria is a land of strong and intense emotions. Its flavours are the same: an example of all of them is the famous Calabrian pepper. This ingredient is easy to find in many typical Calabrian dishes: from bruschetta with Nduja or Sardella – known as “poor man’s caviar” – to pork sausages, from spices for the pasta to fish dishes.
The chilli pepper’s strong taste contrasts with the sweet taste of the famous Tropea red onion, protected by the IGP brand, and used both to flavour dishes and for medicinal purposes.
Calabria’s typical delicacies are: the extra virgin oil, wines, bergamot liqueur, liquorice, cedar or herbs, honey, jams, and pasta with characteristic shapes (Strangugghj, Fileja, Maccaruni) still worked with the old methods.
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