If you seek an idyllic beach and the Caribbean seems to far away for you, don't get to down.... Calabria's beaches are close and great! Right in the deep south, there are beaches of fine white sand, blue water which are clean, friendly, quiet and also you'll find fun in the nearby town of Soverato. Copanello Beach is a charm. You can put up your umbrella and relax. And if you get too bored you can visit what remains of an early Christian chapel, which holds the tomb of Cassiodorus, the founder of the monastery. Also take a walk along the cliff that hides caves where monks bred fish. On the beach, local restaurants will offer good food at very cheap prices.
If you visit southern Italy, below the Campania, or the Bay of Naples to the south, you can't not go to Calabria, before crossing over to Sicily. The Calabrian coast is beautiful, with the beautiful turquoise Tyrrhenian Sea, clear waters and winding coastline and lush vegetation that adds a bit of greenery. The green blends with the red flowers, whose fruits served to feed the population during the last world war. The Calabrian are very proud of their province and rightly so. Have a glance at some pictures before deciding whether or not to go. It's much cheaper than the North of Italy and just as stunning.
In 2000 I visited the area after exhibiting my photographs in the LOCA collection in Rome. The area has that old charm that descends to the sea to kiss the beach and then returns back to the island and castle.
Nicotera is a small town in the province of Calabria, at the end of "the Italian boot." It is located on the Tyrrhenian coast. A wonderful coastline, with many curves and slopes which are relatively safe if you drive carefully. Nicotera Paese, is the small village at the top of the mountain and at the foot of it you have Nicotera Marina. As the name suggests you can access its beaches along a small coastal town in high season, filled with sun and beach lovers. There are many foreign tourists, especially Germans who come looking for good weather. There are Villaggios (cheap accommodation) that have rooms like small cottages, huts, RV space, pools and private beach, such as the one I stopped at, Sayonara. What a strange name for Italy, right? The people are very friendly and I would say prices are moderate. It is a great starting place for excursions and you will have a good time because thanks to all kinds of social activities and beach. It will be a different kind of stay you will enjoy if you like quiet and good food and drink ...... S
Amantea is a tourist town in summer, but in winter it is simply a paradise for those who want to relax and get away from the world. With a warm climate (24 degrees on Novemenber 4, the day I was there) the town is carved out of a hill, and is presided over by a castle sitting on top. Along with the emerald seas and legendary sunsets Amantea is a lovely destination.
This has been one of the first buildings in Italy designed with the purpose of being used as a museum. Inside are two bronze figures of Greek origin (the Bronze di Riace, the V century BC), found in the sea by a fisherman in 1972. The pieces are kept in a controlled atmosphere (all visitors must spend 20 minutes in a special chamber before entering the bronze room). The museum is open to the public every day, from 9:00 to 19:30.
Exactly 1km and 700m long, this marina is named after the former mayor restored the area of the Via Marina. It is popular as a spot for walking and running for tourists and locals alike, and you can enjoy some beautiful landscapes here. It's always windy, and was described by the great poet D'Annunzio as the most beautiful kilometre in Italy.
In the region of Calabria, southern Italy, on the Tyrrhenian Sea there is a city on the province of Live Boldly called Pizzo, where you can visit the Castello Murat. This is where the city here lived and was later executed. He was named Joacchino Murat. There you can recall hero's epoch, illustrated with life-size figures as shown in the photo. The city is old and the streets and houses are all characteristic of southern Italy, full of twists and turns and multiple businesses and places to sit and drink. There, you can try a delicious tartufo, which is an ice characteristic of the area, which is named after the eponymous fungus .... It is served in a vase that is shaped like tartuffe .....
Scilla is a town situated in the province of Reggio Calabria, on the tip of the "Italian boot". It is a place rich in mythology like the sea beast Scylla, illustrated by Homer in his writings. It is a town with about 5000 residents. They are divided into a central part of town with offices and a beach part of town on the Tyrrhenian Sea on the famous Costa Viola, named after the colors of the sea, which are, by the way, beautiful.
On the very tip of the boot is the Ruffo Castle.This was Count Ruffo's place of residence and is located high on a hill overlooking a beautiful view of the beach. It also overlooks the Church of San Roque, patron of the city, the Chianalea: a small fishing village with its typical houses in the area. These beautiful houses are filled with potted flowers and hanging clothes in the sun . Its main street descends from the castle and leads towards the beach. It is a very pretty walk which you will certainly enjoy.
The pylons are tall towers that carry the electrical current from the mainland to Sicily, separated by the Straits. Built between 1948 and 1955, the steel cables run for more than three kilometres. The Santa Trada lighthouse on Calabria is higher than the Torre Faro on Sicily. In 1994, the overhead lines were replaced by submarine cables, with higher performance for transporting electrical energy. Today both pillars are preserved as historical monuments. The Faro pylon has been open to the public since 2006, and you can climb the 1,250 steps to the top and admire the view.
The Pollino National park is Famous for 'the garden of the gods' (Serra di Crispo) and the rare Pino loricato tree. It is the largest and possibly the wildest park in Italy. During our visit, the weather was poor but fortunately we were rescued by the really kind guide from Rifugio Fasanelli. He invited us to join his group of residents on a morning snow shoe excursion through the forest. At 1350m., the forest is mostly beech trees but all of the trees are covered in many different lichens, a sure sign of clean air and a pristine environment. The Rifugio offers a range of park exploration packages including rafting and aqua trekking. If you cannot afford a trip to Bhutan, Basilicata may offer a cheaper alternative as it is a hard to reach mountain territory which has escaped many of the changes of industrialization whilst preserving traditions and biodiversity.
In the Falcomat marina, among the rich variety of trees in the park, is this statue of Le Sirene dello Stretto, made entirely of wood. Mermaids are evocative legendary figures, and here you can see a beautiful example, created by the sculptor Ermonde Leone.