REGIONAL CAPITAL: Catanzaro
PROVINCIAL CAPITALS: Cosenza, Crotone, Reggio di Calabria, Vibo Valentia
OTHER INTERESTING PLACES: Rossano, Gerace, Isola di Capo Rizzato, Sibari, Scilla, Troppa
Calabria constitutes the southernmost extremity of the Italian peninsula and is itself a peninsula between the Tyrrhenian and the Ionian seas. Most of the territory is mountainous. Calabria’s beaches are among the cleanest in Italy and lovers of ancient history can explore the sparse reminders of the civilization of Magna Grecia.
PLACES TO SEE:
Catanzaro:the Chiesa di S.Domenico,the Basilica dell’Immacolata,the Museo Comunale (inside the Villa Trieste).
Gerace:don’t miss this beautiful small medieval hill town.
Crotone: the Museo Archeologico Statale,the 16th Century Aragonese Castle.
Sibari:the remains of the ancient greek city-state.
Tropea:a picturesque little town perched high above the coast,probably the prettiest spot on Calabria’s Tyrrhenian coast(such beautiful beaches!!).
The Parco Nazionale della Sila and the Parco Nazionale dell’Aspromonte.
Here you can find excellent fish,such as the grigetto di calabria,a paste of anchovy,or anchovies in salt or in oil;dried tomatoes;mushrooms,artichokes,aubergines and olives all in oil;chilli peppers and sausage;some typical kinds of meat like capocollo,cervellata,soppressata;truffle and figs with chocolate,honey or treacle.
Near Cosenza,in Cervicati, during the Carnival days men and women dance the vallja wearing traditional customs of the Albanian people.
In Cetraro on July 11th it is celebrated the feat of S.Benedetto:a statue of the saint is taken in procession to the sea and then dipped into the water to propitiate the fishing.
Calabria, Italy - map