Calabria, the “toe” of the Italian boot, is a land of craggy mountains, throwbacks and old traditions, one of the few places in Italy when it still is possible to experience an uncensored version of the “Dolce Vita”.
The warm climate combined with the crystalline waters, the rugged rocky coastline, the sandy beaches and the wild and unspoilt nature make it a place enjoyable in both winter and summer.
There are two airports in Calabria: Lamezia Terme "Sant'Eufemia" airport and Reggio Calabria airport.
As an alternative, the airports of Naples “Capodichino” and Catania “Bellini” are a valid option to reach the region.
Calabria is also connected with the rest of Italy through the main Italian railway service.
The historical past of Calabria as part of the Magna Grecia left significant traces in terms of valuable archaeological discoveries.
The best-known vestige are probably the Riace Bronzes, two remarkably preserved 5th century B.C. bronze statues, representing a rare example of classical Greek sculpture. All art lovers must pay a visit to the National Museum of Magna Grecia in Reggio Calabria, to see this masterpiece.
Also worth a visit are the cities of Stilo, home to a 9th century Byzantine church, the ancient Greek settlement of Locri, the historic towns of Cosenza and Vibo Valentia and the remains of the ancient city of Sybaris.
Those who prefer enjoying the warm sun and the crystal-clear sea, can just stop in some of Calabria’s beaches, which are famous worldwide. For example, Scilla, Tropea and Nicotera are attractive towns and popular resorts, while Capo Vaticano is considered to be one of the 100 most beautiful beaches in the world.
As an alternative to the marvellous beaches, the region also offers many chances to spend a fun and relaxing holiday in the hinterland. In fact, the National Parks of Sila, Serre, Aspromonte and Pollino are the perfect place to enjoy hiking and winter sports.