Ever heard of Calabria? You’re not alone. Calabria is the southernmost mainland region of Italy. Also known as the ‘toe of the boot' - it is recognized geographically as ‘kicking’ the island of Sicily around. The sun-bathed deep south of la bella Italia has much to offer vacationers. As the region lies directly in the middle of the Mediterranean, Calabria boasts over 800 kilometres, of superb beachfront facing the inland Tyrrhenian Sea on the west coast and the Ionian Sea on the eastern coast.
I then took the correct train down to Tropea to meet my friends. This scenic resort village lies in the province of Vibo Valentia. The beaches sit off the bright Tyrrhenian Coast. The village contains several world-class resorts with beaches separated by steep cliffs that plunge directly into the Sea. The waters are a crisp turquoise and the sand is powdery white. As with most of Calabria, the food is incredible and seafood is the star!
Reggio di Calabria is the cultural hub of Calabria and is one of the oldest cities in Italy. The city lies on the strait of Messina which separates mainland Italy from Sicily. The city sits on a large mountainous range and is home to museums and castles that showcase Italy’s invaded and colourful past. The people are boisterous and fun; the flow of life in Italy’s south is slower paced with an appreciation for fine wine, food, calcio and conversation.
As mentioned, the diet is strongly influenced by Greece - with ingredients such as honey, eggplant, figs, olives and almonds serving as heavyweights in the Calabrese menu. With the word quickly spreading outside of Italy and beyond, the tourism industry in Calabria has nowhere to go but upward! Resort towns such as Diamente, Praia a Mare, Scalea, Maratea and Tropea are growing in size and stature. So, get a move on and discover Italy’s charming south in Calabria!
You could wander around the region as I have or try a Mediterranean Cruise and discover other famous Italian ports or even France, Greece and more…
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