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An amazing sea, blue sky and endless beauty! Calabria is one of the most beautiful places in Italy and today we are going to present you ten reasons to get to come to see all these awesome attractions! A distant and lonely land, Calabria holds unparalleled beauty and treasures! Although the tourist structure is still being improved, the region conquers tourists for its rustic style. Below we list ten excellent reasons for you to come to this unique land! Let’s go to our post of the day: Ten reasons to visit Calabria? Stay with us and make the best of Italy! Here, at Traveling to Calabria, you make the trip of your dreams! Click here for Calabria Itinerary 12 days in Paradise!
A Little more of the Beauties of Calabria
1) Ten reasons to visit Calabria? THE CRYSTALLINE SEA
The Calabria sea is impressive and cities like Pizzo and Tropea, are where ‘mass’ tourism is concentrated, all because these places have tourist structures by the sea full of charm, white sand and a movielike sea! Pietragrande beach is a jewel with its cliffs and is also a destination for Italians.
Heading south, we find Scilla, a city full of mystery and folklores! Another wonderful beach is Praia a Mare, which received the ‘Green Flag’, which certifies the place as ideal for families with children. If you’re looking for all Italian luxury, head to Copanello, which is the center of the region’s elegance. In Amantea, bathed by the Tyrrhenian Sea, it is where most of the historical and cultural points are located, such as, for example, the Palazzo delle Clarisse and the five churches of the city.
2) Ten reasons to visit Calabria? MOUNTAINS AND NATURAL PARKS
You are not a “beach person”? Don’t worry! No problem! How about climbing the mountains and enjoying the Calabria natural parks? One of the most beautiful is the Polino National Park, which is also the largest one in Italy. The park extends to Cosenza and its vegetation is mostly dominated by the famous black pines. The park is ideal during the summer or winter, being quite democratic for all tastes and featuring the most varied outdoor activities.
Another amazing park is the Aspromonte National Park, which is famous for its olive and citrus trees. Guaranteed fun is also spending the day in Sila, which passes through Catanzaro and is where the namesake park, Sila National Park, is located. The prominent vegetation here is pine trees that dominate the woods and trails.
3) Ten reasons to visit Calabria? THE CALABRESE VILLAGES
Calabria is home to the most beautiful villages in Italy! Places like Fiumefreddo, Altomonte, Scilla, Gerace and Morano Calabro are on the list of the most beautiful towns in Europe. To give you an idea, from the official list of the ‘Club of the Most Beautiful Burgos (Villages) in Italy’ which is composed of 217 Burgos across the country, 10 of them are in Calabria. The list aims to enhance tourism in these cities and enhance local culture.
4) Ten reasons to visit Calabria? MUSEUMS AND ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES
Among the countless museums present in Calabria, one of the most famous is the National Museum of Reggio Calabria, where the indefectible Bronzes of Riace are located: statues of two Greek warriors recovered in the Riace Sea in 1972; the Bronzes are considered the 12th Wonder of the world!
Another must-see museum is Locri Epizefiri, which is located within an archaeological site and is dedicated to Zeus. The Raffaele Corso Ethnographic Museum, in Palmi, is also worth a visit and is part of the House of Culture, where other exhibition spaces are located. We also have the National Archaeological Museum of Crotone, which houses beautiful collections from all over the region and also from the ancient city of Kroton. Another famous and interesting site is the Grotta Del Romito (Romito’s Cave), which is one of the most famous archaeological sites in Europe. In Papasidero, the Grotto is famous for its priceless cultural value and is VERY worth a visit!
5) Ten reasons to visit Calabria? MAGNA GREECE
The remains of Magna Greece are still visible in Calabria today. Its greater concentration of archaeological sites of that period is spread in several Calabria cities such as, for example, Kaulon and Casamatta. In Casamatta is one of the most recent points discovered (a few years ago) and features a beautiful mosaic with dragons, dolphins and floral motifs.
Calabria was colonized by the Greeks in the 8th century B.C. And later it was one of the most important cities of the Byzantine Empire. After a long period it was dominated by the Normans, Swabian, Anjou’s and Aragonese, that means: it is an impressive mixture of history, peoples and culture! Some of the most important cities in Calabria that made up Magna Greece were: Reggio Calabria, Locri, Crotone, Sibari, Palmi and Lamezia Terme.
6) Ten reasons to visit Calabria? THE ORIGIN OF THE NAME ITALY WAS IN CALABRIA
It was in Calabria that the country of form of a boot got its name! There are several theories about the name Italy and some of the best known are: the name derives from Italoi, which means ‘inhabitants of the mountains’; another theory says that the ancient Greeks called the region ‘vituli’, which was called that way for the worship of that people by ‘vitelli’, calves in Italian, and ‘vitulli’ the name became Itali and, finally, Italy.
Another theory says that the name Italy comes from Ancient Rome: they say that the Romans called the south of the country Italic, which means ‘land of oxen’ and, over time, the name became Italy. In other words: Italy is a name of Greek origin that, until today, means calf. Before being the name of the country, the name Italy designated only the region of Calabria; the name Calabria is derived from the Greek Kalon-Brion, and means ‘land that makes good arise’, ‘abundant land in goods’ and refers to the region’s fertility. The actual meaning of the word Calabria is ‘land of rocky areas’, therefore: Calabres are ‘inhabitants of rocky lands’.
7) Ten reasons to visit Calabria? ENOGASTRONOMY
The Calabria cuisine is one of the richest in the world! Starting with homemade pasta, which are seasoned with sauces made from tomatoes and peppers or bell peppers, including pork and lamb, not forgetting the extremely fresh fish and vegetables.
To eat the best fish in Calabria the ideal place is the city of Mammola. Eggplants are also widely used in Calabria and appear in antipasti, or as a side dish and even in the main dish, when stuffed with meat or mushrooms, among other ingredients.
Pepper is the “queen” in Soverato and the flavor is delicious! A typical Calabrian delicacy is ’Nduja di Spilinga: spicy and creamy, it is ideal to eat as an aperitif. We cannot fail to mention the legendary onions from Tropea; with its sweet flavor, it is part of several Calabria dishes. Among the desserts, ‘pitte’ ‘nchiuse’ deserve special mention; they are small pies stuffed with nuts, raisins, almonds, pine nuts and honey. The wines are a show apart: the most renowned are those of Cirò, which are called DOC.
8) Ten reasons to visit Calabria? THE REGIONAL FESTIVALS
On summer nights, Calabria cities are filled with celebrations and parties! For example: Kaulonia Tarantella Festival, which takes place between July and August in Caulonia. The city is full of tourists and locals and the lively atmosphere sets the tone for the festivities.
The Magna Graecia Film Festival is another important festival that has now reached its 10th edition and features the best names in Italian cinema. In August, in Spilinga, the ‘Nduja Party’ takes place. The Eggplant Festival takes place every year in Palmo, usually in August. In Cittanova we have the International Festival of Stocco and to close the calendar of festivities, we have 21st Candy Festival, in Cessanti.
9) Ten reasons to visit Calabria? NIGHTLIFE
For those who love the nightlife there are some options in Calabria cities! Some of them seem to have been born for night entertainment! Some of the most popular clubs are: Rebus, which is in Caminia; Scogliera, which is a jewel on a peak at the sea in Pietragrande; and the Tempio di Atlantide, the largest night spot in the region that is in Montepaone Lido. Every year many international DJs perform in venues along the Calabria coast.
10) Ten reasons to visit Calabria? ADVENTURE PARK AND WATER PARKS
One of the newest (and most innovative) parks in Calabria is the Aventure in Borgo which is a FULL park of amusement within a village in the town of Sellia, in the province of Catanzaro. It has attractions for all ages, of different levels of difficulty and is immersed in a splendid nature. For the little ones (but for adults too!), Fun is guaranteed!
Calabria has super renowned and complete water parks for those who don’t want to be only at sea. Two of them are: the Acquapark Odissea 2000, in Rosano, where more than 25 attractions are available and offer an option for all tastes. The other incredible is the Aquafans, in Praia a Mare, which with a multitude of attractions, has some thematic areas and, if you want, you can opt for the ‘VIP package’, which offers some treats during your stay in the park such as sauna, Turkish bathing, chromo therapy and massages!
CURIOSITY: DID YOU KNOW THAT IN 2017 NEW YORK TIMES ELECTED CALABRIA AS ONE OF THE 52 MUST-SEE PLACES TO BE VISITED IN THE WORLD? IT WAS THE ONLY ITALIAN REGION ELECTED BY NEW YORK TIMES IN 2017! ARE YOU SURE YOU WANNA MISS THE CHANCE TO KNOW CALABRIA?
Calabria, as we have seen, goes beyond the sea; it has culture, nature, latent nightlife, enogastronomy and much more! It is a land full of charms to be discovered and exciting! And if you feel insecure or don’t have time, and need help organizing your trip, don’t hesitate to contact me! I will love to help you make your dream trip to Italy come true! And how can I do that? Keep reading this post until the end and you will understand how we make your life and your trip much easier 🙂
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