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At the southernmost tip of Italy, Calabria is a fantastic destination for experiencing the country’s old traditions without the huge crowds of the big city. Loaded with Greek and Roman ruins, massive hinterland and some of the country’s most vivid beaches, this is the place to take advantage of Italy’s natural beauty and rich history. Prices are typically lower in Calabria than the rest of Italy, so you will get more for your money without sacrificing quality.
Calabria Weather: The Mediterranean climate of the coastline generally ranges from 8 à(46 ? during the winter to 30 à(86 ? in the summer. Expect warm summers and snow-filled winters when you go inland where a mountainous climate takes over.
Regional Cuisine of Calabria: Calabrian hot pepper, sardines, Tropea red onion
Regional Wine of Calabria: Cir? Greco di Bianco, Melissa
Things to Do in Calabria: Sila National Park, Capo Vaticano, Santa Maria dell’Isola
Where is Calabria? Calabria is a peninsula on the southern tip of Italy, surrounded by the Ionian and Tyrrhenian Seas. It is about two miles from the island of Sicily.
After weeks of endless strolls along the city of Tropea’s rocky beaches and cobblestoned pathways, I realized my cheap but glitzy sandals were unfit for Italian terrain. My disdain for needless shopping stopped me from buying a new pair, despite daily enticing offers from the salesman outside a local shoe store.
As I headed to my favorite gelateria for a tasty, homemade raspberry treat, my shoe finally shattered right in front of the aforementioned shoe shop. The salesman rubbed his hands together and smiled as I desperately tried to put my shoe back together. I gave up, and he talked me into a pair of beautiful leather sandals that have lasted for years, inciting my love affair with shopping in Calabria.
During the summer, Calabria can be hot when the sun is shining. You will find the locals out and about in the morning, but by afternoon, the roads are mostly deserted, and the majority of businesses are closed. This is a good time to take a nap, hang out by the beach or visit some popular tourist destinations such as ruins, churches or museums.
However, by nightfall, Calabria’s towns come alive. Open-air restaurants emit delicious scents, shops with local handicrafts as well as Indonesian beachwear invite you in, and trendy lounges with live music will tempt you with the absence of velvet ropes. Just wandering the busy streets after dark is a delight in itself with plenty of people-watching and local entertainment.
Fun Fact: Calabria makes up the entire toe of Italy’s boot shape.
Local Dish: Tartufo, the famous Italian ice cream dessert with a chocolatey center and sweet shell, is the town of Pizzo’s claim to fame.
Local Day Trips: Spend a day lounging on the beaches or exploring the grottoes of Capo Vaticano, considered by many to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
Locals Love: When you’re craving a hearty dish, join the locals and go for some savory organ meat.
Leaving Calabria and visiting the very active volcano of Stromboli is an easy journey. Love to plan your own trips? Book a hydrofoil trip from Reggio di Calabria through Ustica Lines. This will leave you free to spend your time as you please exploring the island or staying overnight and hiking to the crater. Anything can happen on Stromboli, so you may be able to view a steady lava flow or a faint glow with a little smoke, depending on the volcano’s mood.
To leave the planning to the pros, take a day cruise from Tropea to Stromboli and other Aeolian Islands. Simply book your cruise through one of the tour operators, show up to the port, and you’ll be whisked away to these mini-island paradises.
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