Calabria boasts a fascinating archaeological heritage. Numerous testimonies of a millennia-old history are to be discovered on a journey through the civilizations of a distant and glorious past – from the Romans to the Greeks, Normans, and Arabs. Most of the archaeological heritage is preserved in the four great parks of Locri, Capo Colonna, Roccelletta di Borgia, and Sibari, but there are also interesting areas in the archaeological sites of Cirò Marina and Monasterace Marina, as well as many minor sites scattered throughout Calabria.

Trekking in the Sila National Park

Established in 1997, the Sila National Park features the highest wooded area of the eponymous plateau. The symbol of the fauna is the Apennine wolf. The park is as much about nature as it is about history, culture, and tradition, from weaving to goldsmithing, from sheep farming to cheese making, from meats to porcini mushrooms, carried on in the towns and villages scattered across the Calabrian Alps. It is an ideal environment for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding, as well as for nature photography, birdwatching, boating, and winter sports, especially in places like Camigliatello Silano, Lorica, and Villaggio Palumbo.

Visiting the Town of Tropea

Tropea is one of the most beautiful coastlines in the region, stretching from Parghelia to Tropea, then from Capo Vaticano to Nicotera, rich in lush gardens and ancient olive groves, where a solid farming tradition is preserved. Tropea, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Calabria, overlooks a rocky outcrop above the sea: enchanting beaches alternate along the coast with cliffs, accessible only by stairs. The descent allows you to climb down from the spectacular cliffs perched above the town to reach the sea.

Picnicking in the Aspromonte National Park

The park was established in 1989 on a crystalline granite massif of the Calabrian Apennines. In this last part of the Italian peninsula, nature is unique: the contrast between the mountain and the sea that surrounds it is strong, almost like an island.Easily reachable from Reggio Calabria, Bagnara, Bovalino, and other coastal centers, the plot is located in Gambarie d’Aspromonte and has the highest settlements. A near-obligatory stop in Gambarie is the Cippo di Garibaldi: this majestic tree is characterized by a large hollow where the red-shirted hero rested with an injured leg. Nearby is a small museum commemorating his deeds. There is also an extensive network of trails created by the Gea Group, offering opportunities for hiking.

Discovering the Charm of Calabrian Villages

On the hills and along the coast, there is much ancient charm and many picturesque and charming villages. Characteristic historical centers, artisan workshops, ancient and typical houses, buildings symbolizing civil and religious power, magical squares where the past can be relived, dot the entire territory. Not to be missed are the ancient village of Scalea and the hidden cove of Capo Scalea; Tropea, a gem with its finely carved 17th and 18th-century buildings; and Gerace, a perched village dominating the southern Ionian coast, not far from the archaeological area of Locri Epizefiri, another important stop on any tour of Calabria.