If there’s something that works really well in Italy that’s the public transportation system. Although in high season it can get a little crowded, the public transportation is still a great option for those who want to save money and do not want the stress of trying to find a spot to park. Today we will know how to move around in Calabria using public transportation. Let´s go? Stay with us and make the best of boot country! Here at Traveling to Calabria you make the trip of your dreams!!! Are you staying in Calabria? Looking for a hotel? Click here and discover best accommodation options in Calabria!
The Travel Itinerary
From north to south, Italy is a peninsula to be discovered and appreciated. Even the ‘tip of the boot’ is occupied by a region rich in history and culture, with beautiful resorts, places with spectacular natural beauty, an enviable culinary tradition: Calabria, to visit and explore. And this is what you will do with a four-day trip passing through this wonderful region using public means of transportation (when possible). At this point, you just have to start the tour of the beautiful city of Reggio Calabria.
1) What to see in Calabria using public transportation in four days? FIRST DAY
First day – Arrive at Reggio Calabria airport, transfer by private bus to the hotel to leave luggage and then, immediately, a walk through the city. The visit can start from the Archaeological Museum, historical site and an important Palace of conservation of Italian culture; it possess one of the most important collections of artifacts of Ancient Greece and shelter of the famous Riace Bronzes.
Stop for lunch in a restaurant
After visiting the museum, stop for lunch in a restaurant and, in the afternoon, visit the famous Falcomatà waterfront. The coast is for the locals, and tourists, stage for walks and joggings, taking in the background a beautiful scenery of the canal, like scenes of a theater that changes with the seasons and that has the wind always present in the area; this scenario was defined by the poet Gabriele d’Annunzio, ‘the most beautiful kilometer in Italy’. Continue the walk visiting the Cathedral and the Botanical Garden. In the evening, enjoy a good dinner and, then, straight to bed! ABOUT MORE REGGIO CALABRIA!
2) What to see in Calabria using public transportation in four days? SECOND DAY
Second day – After a good breakfast, we leave the hotel to get to Reggio Calabria Station and get the train to Tropea and Capo Vaticano, where we will spend the night. Once you reach this picturesque village, Tropea, with typical maritime architecture, imposing, and numerous remains of Roman constructions, 17th and 18th century palaces with Spanish style on balconies, doors and gardens that open to squares and alleyways. A must-see is the Sanctuary of Santa Maria Island, known by being a Benedictine sanctuary of medieval origin, later transformed into basilica, with three arches of the Renaissance; frontage was rebuilt after the earthquake of 1905 and placed in a promontory, which has a spectacular view. We stopped in a typical restaurant, in the center, for a light lunch and then you will arrive, by bus, to another pearl of Calabria, Capo Vaticano. ABOUT MORE TROPEA!
The promontory of Capo Vaticano is located on the Tyrrhenian Coast, opposite to the Stromboli and the Aeolian Islands; extends in the burg of Ricadi and thanks to its beautiful beaches and crystalline waters, rich in fishes, is one of the most beautiful coasts of Italy. In fact, if your tour is short, you can visit Stromboli: a fascinating image. At this point all we can do is to have a delicious dinner and, then, a lot of rest. ABOUT MORE CAPO VATICANO!
3) What to see in Calabria using public transportation in four days? THIRD DAY
Third day – Terzo Giorno: after a good breakfast, we took the train to the town of Locri, to visit the Gerace, Stilo and spend the night there. Arrival to Locri and visit to the archaeological site, the Antiquarium; and then you will reach the village of Gerace where you can take a break for lunch at a local restaurant in the old town of Gerace and, then, visit the famous Cathedral of this charming medieval village. Just after catching a bus to the city of Stilo, visit the famous ‘Cattolica‘, a small Byzantine temple, perfectly preserved. In the evening, get a time to dinner at a restaurant in the center and, after that, straight to bed at the hotel you have chosen. ABOUT MORE GERACE AND STILO!
4) What to see in Calabria using public transportation in four days? FOURTH DAY
Fourth day – Breakfast and departure for Camigliatello Silano through San Giovanni in Fiore. Once in Camigliatello, and duly accommodated in the hotel, we will immediately search for a local restaurant for a good lunch. Camigliatello is part of the Plateau of Sila, which is the historical heart of Calabria. Important center of the Plateau of Sila due, in large part, to what it represents: one of the most important mountain resorts in southern Italy and certainly the most famous of Calabria. Thanks to the railway connections and the State highway 107, Camigliatello, it has a wonderful position that allows both tourists and visitors to the Tyrrhenian coast, on the Ionian side, to get there any time; and the ‘speech’ of transport in Calabria is the Achilles heel for travelers and residents. After lunch, in the afternoon, we will take a walk to the ‘Giganti di Fallistro’.
It is a characteristic of Sila Park, and it is the dominant species of flora, the pine of Corsica, that in this reserve become a stable wood, where there are trees with 350 years or more, therefore, called ‘giants’. These ‘giants’, who name the protected area, are actually composed of fifty exceptional larch pine plants. We follow the walk through Cecita and continue the walk in Sila’s National Park, in close contact with this green nature and in with the peace and serenity that this place can offer. At this point, for the fair conclusion of the day, a good dinner in a typical restaurant of Camigliatello and then, a lots of rest. ABOUT MORE SILA!
5) What to see in Calabria using public transportation in four days? FIFTH DAY
Fifth Day – This is the last day of our tour visiting a part of Calabria and, after lunch, we will arrive by train to Sibari to visit the archaeological excavations, the National Archaeological Museum of Sibaritide and the Lakes; at night, we’ll take the bus, and then arrive at Lamezia Terme airport). As soon as you arrive in the city, start visiting it. Sibari, in the past, was the base city of Ancient Greece, now is part of the municipality of Cassano, Ionian Sea, along the coast of the ‘Achei’, of Ionian Calabria. It is a city rich in history and culture and is witness to the archaeological site located in the south of the city. During the excavation in the 1930s, some floor mosaics and cobblestone streets of Roman along with a few sparse columns were brought to light, reflecting the fact that Sibari was part of the great, and powerful, Ancient Greece. ABOUT MORE SIBARI!
National Archaeological Museum of Sibaritide
The archaeological remains of the ancient city are now kept in the National Archaeological Museum of Sibaritide, and the place is now part of the Archaeological Park of Sibari, we will visit next. After visiting the excavations, take a break for a quick snack and then we go to the Sibari Lakes.
Nautical Center of Sibari
These lakes are located in the waters of the Ionian Sea, in a charming place with a nature with strong attraction for visitors and one of the most attractive settlements in the Mediterranean. The Nautical Center of Sibari is one of the largest marinas on the peninsula, which was created with a system of floodgates that takes sea water to the mainland forming navigable docks, from where direct access to private houses is available. At this point, you deserve a good lunch of fish and, after a walk, right there by the Marina of Sibari, you go to the train station to reach Lamezia Terme, where a bus will take you to the airport.
How to get there?
Calabria, regarding public transport, is linked to the ‘last places’ of practicality, however, you can arrive by plane, train or car, we’ll see how.
1) How to get there? BY PLANE
There are three airports, the main one being Lamezia Terme Airport, then the Reggio Calabria Airport and, last but not least, the Crotone Airport. There is also a Military Airport in Vibo Valentia.
2) How to get there? BY TRAIN
The railway infrastructure in Calabria covers about 850 km of lines. The basic complex is made by Tirrenica Rome-Naples – Praia -Paola-Lamezia Terme-Reggio Calabria, which connects the most important sites of the Tyrrhenian Coast between them, the main cities of Campania and central Italy. Then there is the Eccelente-Rosarno line (via Tropea), a local tourist spot, which runs along the Tyrrhenian coast and the Rosarno-Gioia Tauro line, linking the port of Gioia Tauro with the national railway network. How to buy a train ticket in Italy?
3) How to get there? BY CAR
Calabria is accessible by car from any part of Italy, via the highway network and, specifically, by the A3 Salerno – Reggio Calabria, ending in Calabria.
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Calabria is a splendid region, with many problems and services not so efficient, but has at its disposal a wonderful nature, with a fantastic sea and mountains that can be envied as much as the Dolomites. You only need to note these resources available and look for the right path, only then you can expect that our region can be compared and, above all, valued in a fair way that aspires to play an important role in tourism, like other regions of Italians. Regarding the natural beauty and the landscapes we offer, the flaws are elsewhere and that is what you have to focus on.
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