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A week in Calabria

One of Italy’s best kept secrets, nestled in the ‘toe’ of the boot, at the extreme south of the Italian peninsula, is without a doubt the region of Calabria – a balcony on the Mediterranean, lapped by the splendid crystal blue Ionian and Tyrrhenian Seas and separated from Sicily by the Strait of Messina. The warm climate, the beautiful colors of the sea, rocky coasts that alternate with sandy beaches, a nature that is wild and mysterious, the strong and genuine flavors of local food and the vestiges of its ancient origins make Calabria a unique place to visit.

 

Begin Your Calabrian Itinerary by visiting Crotonethe City of Pythagoras, and one of the lesser-visited areas of the region. A most interesting place is La Sila National Parkthe greenest of Calabria’s national reserves. You will be given the possibility to have a trekking experience with a WWF qualified guide that will lead You into the wood to capture the best panoramic views of La Sila.

 

Embark from Marina Le Castella on a mini cruise along the Ionian sea during which the Captain will lead You to explore the famous Marine Reserve of Capo Rizzuto. The colour of the sea changes from sky blue to emerald green and the coast, rich in history and nature, is so spectacular that in 1991 was declared a marine protected area. During the cruise You can visit all the most beautiful coastlines around Capo Rizzuto while enjoying a drink served on board. You can also take advantage of the stops along the enchanting coves to have a quick dip into the crystal clear sea. You cannot miss visiting the enchanting Aragonese Castle, standing on a small island connected with the coast by a thin strip of land, and Santa Severina, which is one of the most suggestive centers of the region. Due to its peculiar location, on a rocky cliff at 1,070 feet above sea level, it is called the “stone ship”. Stroll through the streets of the old town and discover the beautiful Castle of the 11th century and its Cathedral which dates back to the 13th Century.

 

Make your way, we guarantee that You won’t regret it, to Pizzo to admire the famous little Piedigrotta church, its old town with the castle of Murat and to taste the truffle ice cream of Pizzo. Don’t leave without trying the renowned dessert: tartufo di Pizzo (truffle). Then enjoy a guided tour of Tropea, a picturesque beach town located along the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Stroll around its old town center full of shops, noble palaces and churches, visit the Sanctuary of Santa Maria dell’Isola, located on a cliff overlooking the sea: we recommend to walk up the stone steps to the highest point for a great view of the beautiful coastline!

 

Absolutely do not miss a stop in Capo Vaticano, the last strip of land before the Straits of Messina, a famous bathing place that offers a stunning natural scenery of incomparable beauty. The most suggestive bay near Capo Vaticano is Grotticelle, featuring three little beaches placed side by side, with extra fine sand and small rocks speckling a crystal clear blue sea. The journey continues towards Reggio Calabria to explore its splendid Lungomare (seafront promenade), called “the most beautiful kilometer in Italy” by poet G. D’Annunzio. Rich in Greek’s, Roman’s and Byzantine’s influence, Reggio is one of the largest cities of Calabria, located in the last point of the “boot” of the Italian peninsula, between the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Ionian Sea. The streets are lined with elegant buildings, there are great shops (time of shopping), and the superb bronze Riace statues at the prestigious National Archaeological Museum of Magna Græcia. End the journey by discovering Scillafamous for its charming fishermen’s quarter Chianalea. If You walk through the charming little alleyways, You can easily meet the fishermen outside their homes making fishing nets, repairing their boats or preparing to leave to face another day at sea.

The rate includes

  • 3 overnights in 4 star hotels in Crotone on BB basis;
  • 1 overnight in 4 star hotels in Tropone on BB basis;
  • 2 overnights in 4 star hotels in Reggio Calabria on BB basis;
  • Private transfers and private guide as per program;
  • 4 hours private boat tour as including aperitif and snorkeling equipment;
  • Entrance fees as per program.

The rate does not include

  • Hotel city tax to be paid on spot;
  • Assistant at disposal for the whole period;
  • Tips (to driver and guide);
  • All items not specified in the chapter “the prices include”.
7 Days
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Day 1: Crotone

Arrival at Crotone Airport. Private transfer to Crotone. Check in and accommodation in Your 4* selected hotel centrally located.
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Day 2: La Sila National Park

After breakfast full day excursion to explore La Sila Natural Park. Visit of the naturalistic museum and the botanical and geological garden c/o centro visitatori. Possibility to organize a trekking experience with a WWF experienced guide that will lead You into the wood to capture the best panoramic views of the Sila National Park. Return back to Crotone.

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Day 3: Marine Protected Area of Capo Rizzuto

After breakfast transfer to Marina Le Castella for embarking on a mini cruise along the Ionian sea during which the Captain will lead You to explore the famous Marine Protected Area of Capo Rizzuto. Visit of the enchanting Castello Aragonese. Later in the evening, head to Santa Severina. Stroll through the streets of the old town and discover the beautiful Castle and its Cathedral. Return back to the hotel.
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Day 4: Pizzo Calabro - Tropea

After breakfast travel towards the west,  the other side of the Calabria region, the Tyrrhenian coast. Stop in Pizzo Calabro, famous for its Castello Murat and for the local ice cream. Relax at a café and order the renowned dessert: tartufo di Pizzo (truffle). Later transfer to Tropea to visit its old town center and the Sanctuary of Santa Maria dell’Isola. Walk up the stone steps to the highest point for a great view of the beautiful coastline. Check in and overnight in Your 4* selected hotel centrally located.
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Day 5: Capo Vaticano

After breakfast visit of Capo Vaticano, a famous bathing place that offers a stunning natural scenery of incomparable beauty. Head towards Reggio Calabria. Stop in Vibo Valentia to discover the Cathedral, the Valentianum Art Museum and the church of Santa Maria La Nova. Check in and overnight in Your 4* selected hotel in Reggio Calabria.
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Day 6: Reggio Calabria - Scilla

After breakfast guided city tour including the visit of the National Museum where to  admire, among other things, the two famous bronze greek statues “Bronzi di Riace”. In the afternoon travel towards north along the coastline up to Scilla. Visit of the beautiful is the district of Chianalea. Return back to Reggio Calabria.
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Day 7: Departure

Buffet breakfast at the hotel. Private transfer to Reggio Calabria Airport. End of services.

Tour Location

CROTONE

Crotone is the City of Pythagoras and only this suggests old Kroton has a lot more to it than at first meets the eye. In fact, Crotone is the oldest part of Magna Grecia in Calabria, while at the same time being the youngest province in Italy. Between the two an awful lot has happened in 5000 years.

LA SILA NATIONAL PARK

Five-hundred-thousand hectares of highly-singular natural riches: the Sila Plateau expands over parts of the Provinces of Cosenza, Crotone and Catanzaro. Natural and scenic endowments where the diversity of landscapes, the variety of plant and animal species, and the beauty of all of Sila attest to the importance of the Sila National Park and of the treasures it protects. Visit of the naturalistic museum and the botanical and geological garden c/o centro visitatori. Possibility to organize a trekking experience with a WWF experienced guide that will lead you into the wood to capture the best panoramic views of the Sila National Park.

MARINE PROTECTED AREA OF CAPO RIZZUTO

Embark from Marina Le Castella on a mini cruise along the Ionian sea during which the Captain will lead You to explore the famous Marine Protected   Area Capo Rizzuto. During the mini cruise, You will have the opportunity to visit all the most beautiful coastlines around Capo Rizzuto, enjoying a drink served on board. You can also take advantage of the stops along the enchanting coves to have a quick dip into the crystal clear sea. You will be accompanied by a captain and two sailors that, in case of interest, will provide the equipment for snorkeling.

ARAGONESE CASTLE

Visit of the enchanting Castello Aragonese standing on a small island connected with the coast by a thin strip of land.

SANTA SEVERINA

Santa Severina is a small village rich in history and art on the slopes of the Sila Piccola. Visit of the beautiful Castle of the 11th century and its Cathedral (13th century) that still preserves the ancient and original portal.

PIZZO

Upon first glance Pizzo resembles a tranquil fishing village with white sandy beaches and rocky coves, the perfect place for a sunny sojourn. A brief stroll into town pleasantly surprises you upon discovering unique culinary delights and charming ancient monuments. It is located on a steep cliff overlooking the Gulf of Santa Eufemia. Pizzo Calabro is famous for its Castello Murat, an Aragonese castle, built in the 1486, in which Joachim Murat, ex-king of Naples, was shot on October 13, 1815.  Pizzo is famous for the local ice cream. Relax at a café and order the renowned dessert: tartufo di Pizzo (truffle). This gelato creation was invented in Pizzo and remains a culinary specialty with several cafés in the main piazza offering their own variation using ‘secret’ recipes. The original tartufo di Pizzo is a mix of chocolate and hazelnut gelato shaped into a ball, filled with a chocolate centre, covered in chocolate and dusted with cocoa powder.

TROPEA

Tropea is a picturesque beach town located along the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea. This stretch of coastline is also referred to as the ‘Coast of the Gods’ as legend say’s that it was Hercules, the famous son of Zeus, who founded Tropea after discovering it on a trip back from Spain. Guided visit of its old town center and the Sanctuary of Santa Maria dell’Isola, located on a cliff overlooking the sea. Walk up the stone steps to the highest point for a great view of the beautiful coastline.

CAPO VATICANO

Absolutely do not miss a stop in Capo Vaticano, the last strip of land before the Straits of Messina, a famous bathing place that offers a stunning natural scenery of incomparable beauty. The most suggestive bay near Capo Vaticano is Grotticelle, featuring three little beaches placed side by side, with extra fine sand and small rocks speckling a crystal clear blue sea.

REGGIO CALABRIA

Enjoy Reggio Calabria with its splendid Lungomare (seafront promenade), called “the most beautiful kilometer in Italy” by poet G. D’Annunzio and the famous Riace Bronzes (Bronzi di Riace), two famous full-size Greek bronzes of naked bearded warriors, cast about 460–450 BC and found in the sea near Riace in 1972 kept at the Museo Nazionale della Magna Grecia, renovated recently.

SCILLA

Scilla is a famous bathing place, whose thousand-year old Ruffo Castle belonged to the Dukes of Calabria overlooks the beach. Explore the beautiful fishermen’s district of Chianalea. An old fisherman’s village built entirely on the sea, with small houses clustered upon the rocks and lapped by the sea that reaches to the doors. If You walk through the charming little alleyways, You can easily meet the fishermen outside their homes making fishing nets, repairing their boats or preparing to leave to face another day at sea. 

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