Although the region of Calabria Italy is affectionately known as the toe of the Italian boot, it really is so much more than that. This region is a stunning collection of seaside towns, clean beaches, striking mountain peaks and national parks. Because of the warm climate, the main crops in Calabria are wine grapes, olives, and citrus fruit. With over five hundred miles of coastline bordering both the Ionian and Tyrrhenian seas this area covers 5,822 square miles and has a population of approximately two million. Calabria only has one bordering region, and that is Basilicata. However, it is interesting to note that Sicily is a few short miles off the tip of Calabria. There is so much to see and do in this region that it is well worth adding this area to your Italian travel plans.
If your travels take you to the capital city of Catanzaro, you’ll want to take a ride over one of the tallest one arch bridges in Europe, the Viaduct Morandi-Bisantis. You can also see the cathedral, the castle, the promenade and parks of archaeology and biodiversity.
The largest and one of the most popular city to visit in Calabria is Reggio Calabria. It is a coastal commune which is located on the strait between the mainland and Sicily. It is the oldest city in Calabria and dates back to the eighth century BC. It has the perfect mix of historical landmarks such as the Castello Argonese as well as a National Museum of Magna Grecia. If you visit the museum, breathtaking Riace bronzes. In addition to historical landmarks and artifacts, you’ll find a good selection of fine dining as well as gelaterias.
If beach towns are on your agenda, take a trip to Tropea. Its cliffs jutting up from behind the sand are a wonder to behold. Other beach towns include Paola, Diamante and Pizzo which are popular with locals and tourists in the warm summer months.
Inland, you’ll find the four mountain peaks in the area. This region is perfect for skiing and other sports in the winter months. The three national parks in the area are Pollino, Sila and Aspromonte. The towns of Camigliatello, Lorica, Gambarie and Monte Sant’Elia are all towns where you can visit and take part in all that this area has to offer.
No matter which part of Calabria Italy you choose to visit, this delightful region has something for every type of traveler. Enjoy your trip!