Coastlines, Cathedrals and Castles in Calabria

The region of Calabria in the south of Italy was recently named by Rough Guides as one of the top 10 regions of the world to visit in 2016.

Once known as Bruttium, Calabria sits south of Naples in the "toe" of the Italian peninsula, surrounded by the Tyrrhenian and Ionian seas. It remains largely undiscovered by tourists, although will surely enjoy some attention thanks for the efforts of the Rough Guides team. However, the untouched beauty of the mountainous Calabria coastlines and the ever present tranquil green sea are among its greatest attractions and it is the perfect spot for a relaxing holiday set among the vineyards and citrus fruit orchards. There are also many pretty mountain villages and ancient castles to discover, as well as sandy beaches and Mediterranean coves.

Of the places in Calabria that we recommend, Reggio di Calabria is one of our favourites. It is the largest and oldest city in Calabria and is the second oldest city in Italy. The city’s main attractions are distributed between the Tyrrhenian and Ionian coasts, such as the Aspromonte National Park, where you can capture an amazing panoramic view of the Strait of Messina. Other attractions include the bronze Greek statues at the National Museum of Greater Greece, the cathedral, the walls of the ancient city and Aragonese Castle.

Another good choice in Calabria is Scilla, which is not far from Reggio di Calabria. The city is divided into two parts and we recommend Marina di Scilla, which is where you’ll find the beach, many of the hotels and a variety of popular restaurants. This is a particularly good choice of holiday location if you have an interest in Greek mythology as Scilla is the traditional site of the sea monster “Scylla” that guarded the narrow Strait of Messina. You can also enjoy fresh seafood in Scilla, as well as swordfish, which is a popular local treat.

If you’re looking for a quiet beach resort in south Italy then Tropea is an excellent choice. It boasts clean and tranquil beaches and stunning natural scenery that is typical of Calabria. The Tropea coastline is even known locally as Costa degli Dei, which translates as the “Coast of the Gods” as it is one of Italy’s finest summer holiday destinations. You can also enjoy a yacht tour from Tropea to Scilla or cooking classes set within 3.5 acres of sprawling olive groves, flourishing vineyards and gardens in the rolling hills above Tropea.

If you’re thinking about a vacation in Calabria, or anywhere else in Italy, and you would like us to put together a unique and personalised vacation itinerary for you, then contact a member of our team for a quote on (UK) 01223 637331 or (US) 1-347-594-5500. Alternatively, click here to send an online enquiry.

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