Catanzaro Italy or The City of Two Seas as it is affectionately known as is located near the "Italian toe" of the foot-shaped peninsula. Catanzaro is situated in the region of Calabria which is known for its warm climate and crops of wine grapes, olives, and citrus fruit. Catanzaro is the capital of the Calabria region and its own province by the same name.
There is so much to see and do in Catanzaro Italy that it is well worth adding this city to your Italian travel plans. With a population of 91,000, this city is renowned for its beautiful beaches, striking mountain peaks and national parks. Catanzaro is known as the city of three V’s for its patron Saint Vitaliano, velvet because of the importance of Catanzaro as a silk centre and the strong vento or "wind" in Italian which blows in from La Sila, a mountainous plateau and the Ionian Sea. There is so much to see and do in Catanzaro, so let’s explore some options.
One of the tallest one arch bridges in Europe, the Viaduct Morandi-Bisantis, is located in Catanzaro. This must-see landmark was erected in 1959 and stands at 367 feet at its tallest point. The bridge is made of concrete and has a walkway for pedestrians on both sides. Take a stroll on this engineering marvel and see for yourself.
The park of biodiversity or Parco della Biodiversita Mediterranea is probably the most famous and most visited attractions in the area. This park has over 20,000 species of plants, 2,000 trees and over 100 species of aquatic plants. The park itself sprawls over 700,000 square meters and boasts not only many species but also a military museum, a playground for children as well as a restaurant. This is the perfect way to spend a day of your holiday. In addition to this park, you can also visit a cathedral, a castle, and a park of archaeology.
If you’d like a day to rest and enjoy the great outdoors on your visit to Catanzaro, take a visit to Catanzaro Lido. This stunning beach on the Ionian Sea with its golden sand boasts a place to relax, rejuvenate and soak up some warm Italian sunshine. There are also some restaurants, bars and hotels in the area where you can kick back and enjoy a glass of an authentic Italian wine or cocktail.
Wherever your travel take you in Catanzaro, you are sure to be delighted, and awe-inspired with all that this charming southern Italian town has to offer.
Getting in and around Catanzaro Italy is made easy with train stations main highways, and bus services. The train is a comfortable, economical and enjoyable experience and there are two train stations in Catanzaro. The Catanzaro and Catanzaro Lido are options for you depending on where you want to go and what you want to see.
If you are driving or hiring a car, the Jonica or Ionian state road links with the A2 motorway. There are also 49 bus lines in the city if you prefer to travel that way. Refer to the Italy train map for an overall glimpse of the country's railway system.
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