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  • Writer's pictureSu Guillory

5 Reasons You MUST Visit Calabria

Nestled in the sun-soaked southern tip of Italy, Calabria beckons travelers with its breathtaking landscapes, rich history, and vibrant culture. Often referred to as the country's best-kept secret, Calabria offers a unique and off-the-beaten-path experience for those seeking an authentic Italian adventure. Here are five compelling reasons why you should consider making Calabria your next travel destination.

1. Spectacular Scenery

Calabria boasts some of the most stunning and diverse landscapes in Italy. From the rugged peaks of the Aspromonte National Park to the pristine beaches along the Tyrrhenian and Ionian coasts, the scenery is a visual feast. Explore picturesque coastal villages like Tropea, perched on cliffs overlooking the azure sea, or venture inland to discover charming hilltop towns surrounded by olive groves and vineyards. The natural beauty of Calabria provides a backdrop that is both awe-inspiring and tranquil.

2. Mouthwatering Cuisine

Calabria's culinary scene is a treasure trove of flavors, showcasing the region's dedication to fresh, local ingredients. When you visit Calabria, you can indulge in the world-famous Calabrian chili peppers, savor the rich flavors of 'nduja (a spicy spreadable pork sausage), and treat your taste buds to the exquisite simplicity of handmade pasta. (With Go Go Calabria, you can also take a pasta making class!)

From seafood delights along the coast to hearty mountain dishes, Calabria's cuisine is a culinary journey that will leave you craving more.

3. Historical and Cultural Heritage

For history enthusiasts, Calabria is a goldmine of archaeological sites, medieval castles, and ancient ruins. Explore the well-preserved remains of ancient Greek cities in Locri and Reggio Calabria, or wander through the historic streets of Gerace, a town that boasts a cathedral dating back to the 11th century. Calabria's cultural richness is also evident in its vibrant festivals, traditional music, and lively markets that provide a glimpse into the region's past and present.

4. Warm Hospitality

One of the most enchanting aspects of Calabria is the warmth and hospitality of its people. Visitors are welcomed with open arms into a community that takes pride in sharing its traditions and stories. Whether you're sipping espresso at a local café or participating in a village festival, you'll find that the genuine friendliness of the Calabrian people enhances the overall travel experience.

5. Untouched Beaches and Crystal-Clear Waters

Visit Calabria in the summer, and you'll enjoy some of Italy's most pristine and untouched beaches. Escape the crowds and discover secluded coves with crystal-clear waters along the Costa degli Dei (Coast of the Gods) or relax on the white sands of Capo Vaticano.

The combination of sun-drenched shores and the inviting Mediterranean Sea make Calabria an ideal destination for beach lovers seeking tranquility and natural beauty.

Calabria is a destination that captivates the senses, offering a unique blend of natural wonders, culinary delights, historical treasures, and warm hospitality. Whether you're an adventurous explorer, a history buff, or a food enthusiast, Calabria invites you to uncover its hidden gems and experience the magic of this unspoiled region. Embrace the allure of Calabria, and let its beauty and charm create memories that will last a lifetime.

If you'd like guidance on what to see and do when you visit Calabria, contact us and we'll create a custom itinerary for you based on your interests, whether that's sampling Calabria's wine and food, hiking through its mountains, or meeting artists at work in their labs.


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