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Calabria is a land that is regaining the place it deserves among the beautiful places of Italy. After decades of decadence, the region has decisively embarked on the road to giving value to its territory and coasts. A trip to Calabria follows natural routes rich in lush greenery and beautiful sea. A trip to Calabria does not disappoint even those who love history and its ruins, or real and genuine cuisine.
What are the main reasons for a visit in Calabria?
Caressed by two seas and with kilometers of coastline where one can find sandy beaches, rocky coastlines and small hidden coves, the main protagonist of Calabria is the sea. The crystalline waters are one of the reasons for a visit in Calabria, especially in summer, when some places on both the Tyrrhenian and Ionian side become holiday paradises.
The other reason to visit Calabria lies in its historical roots: here the Magna Graecia dominated for centuries, creating cities and leaving wonderful marks. But the history of Calabria is much more, as the Calabrian territory is very rich in ancient churches, monasteries, castles and historic villages.
A tour in Calabria becomes a journey into the strong flavors of a land of generous fruit. The spiciness of chili can be found in every dish dominated by the traditional n’duja, the unusual cured pork fat and chili pepper to be spread on bruschette. The other ever present element of Calabrian cuisine is the delicate taste of the famous Tropea red onion. "
Things to see and things to do in Calabria
Calabria has hundreds of kilometers of coastline, where several beaches stand out in particular: Capo Vaticano, a long strip of sand enclosed between green forests and the waters of the Ionian Sea; Tropea, an Italian jewel perched on a promontory with are beaches and cliffs. The village of Tropea has always been a territory of conquest for the past civilizations like the Normans, who left us a wonderful cathedral.
Among the things to do in Calabria, an excursion in the wild nature of the hinterland, where visitors can see the purity of the Mediterranean flora and fauna in four natural parks.
Events and festivals in Calabria
Holy Week is one of the most important moments of popular devotion. An example is Good Friday in Nicotra, when the Passion is recalled with a representation of the condemnation of Christ. The holidays calendar follows that of the patron saints of each village, and the list would be endless.
Diamante, on the Ionian coast, hosts the famous Chilli Festival with international highlights during the summer. Another event linked to the culinary products of Calabria is the Tropea Red Onion Festival, which takes place in Ricadi, near Capo Vaticano.