Locri’s Archeological sites
This is a city with deep cultural roots. One of Calabria’s most famous attractions is the archaeological site of Locri Epizephiri, an ancient Greek colony established in the VIII century B.C.E., covering an area from the coast to the foothills of the Aspromonte, and as of yet not fully explored. You will have the chance to travel into the past by visiting the remains of the Ionic Temple in the Marasà’s area, Persephone’s Sanctuary, the Greco-roman theatre, and the Necropolis. In the museum leading to the archaeological site, you will have the chance to admire the many artefacts found in the area: collections ofpinakes coins, and religious objects.
A few kilometres away, art lovers cannot miss Gerace, the most important of Calabria’s ancient cities for its history and monuments.
The IX century cathedral and the Church of Saint Francis are a must for any visitor.
Let the narrow, meandering streets of Gerace guide you through the enchanting town, and later enjoy an aperitif as the sun casts its violet light on the main square.
Stilo is one of Calabria’s most interesting towns for its medieval and baroque heritage. It is the birthplace of Medieval philosopher, Tommaso Campanella, author of City of the Sun. Also in Stilo is the small but beautiful Byzantine temple, “La Cattolica” (IX century), with its five domes and simple decor.
The Duomo, which dates back to the Middle Ages, is well-preserved and boasts an imposing Gothic entrance and curious Roman and Medieval engravings in the facade.
This picturesque, untouched Medieval town is characterized by narrow streets, stacked houses, aristocratic palaces, and churches filled with stunning frescoes.
Noteworthy is the Byzantine church, and the modern art museum at Santa Barbara, established by the well-known artist Nik Spatari.
The 9th of August, Mammola holds the famous cod fish festival.
Located in the Vibo Valentia province, Tropea is the capital of the Capo Vaticano region. It is perched 61 metres above sea-level, with a population of 7.726 people.
Tropea is well-known for its small streets opening up to unexpected, enchanting squares. Beautiful winding paths surround the town, leading to breath-taking views of the turquoise sea. Above the town, XVII and XVIII century palaces with ornate entrances can be visited; while at the feet of the cliff on which Tropea sits is a 4 km stretch of many small beaches and coves, making it a favourite stop for tourists visiting Calabria.
Aspromonte National Park
The imposing continental plateau that houses the park brings together nature and human invention: we find steep mountains covered by thick forests, waterfalls, torrents, walking trails, crevasses and valleys together with fascinating, perched villages emerging from the surrounding landscape.
The harmony between humans and nature makes this protected area a particularly special place.
Within the large forests are wondrous towns like Roghudi, and sites like the Sanctuary of Polsi, only accessible by rugged trails but incredibly beautiful.
Founded by the ancient Greeks, Reggio Calabria lies on the southern-most tip of the peninsula, allowing for a stunning view of Sicily that can be appreciated from its romantic boardwalk, covered in palm trees and magnolias.
Scilla and S.Elia
Scilla is 26 km from Reggio Calabria. Its name comes from the mythical six-headed hydra that attacked ships passing through the Messina Straight, and from which Ulysses escaped.
Scilla is one of the most characteristic towns of the Violet Coast, and famous for its swordfish.
A spear-shaped cliff divides two boardwalks: On one side, there is Marina Grande with its row-houses and typical restaurants that specialize in succulent fish dishes; on the other side is Chianalea, a typical fishing village. The imposing XVI century castle built by the Ruffo family towers above.