Calabria (Calabria) is the administrative region, located in the extreme south of Italy; it is also called the toe of Italy. It borders the region Basilicata in the north; in the south-west it is separated from Sicily by the Strait of Messina; it is washed by the waters of the Ionian Sea in the east and by the Tyrrhenian Sea in the west.
Calabria is the unique place; you can admire it both in the winter and summer. This picturesque region is characterised by the warm climate, beautiful colours of the sea, rocky shores, sandy beaches, wild and mysterious nature, and incomparable local cuisine.
Those guests, who love nature, its scents and secrets, can discover the pure and pristine nature, travelling around the hinterlands of Calabria, characterised by the vast green expanses and blue lakes and waterfalls.
Those guests, who like sunbathing or bathing in the crystal clear sea, can visit one of the many charming resort towns, scattered along the coasts of the Tyrrhenian and Ionian seas.
Calabria, possessing the coastline, which is 800 kilometres in length, offers many beautiful beaches, including Capo Vaticano (Capo Vaticano), which is located in the province Vibo Valentia (Vibo Valentia) and is considered to be one of the 100 most beautiful beaches in the world, the extensive coast, covered with fine sand, surrounded by ancient trees and washed by the crystal clear waters, full of various kinds of fish.
You can also enjoy windsurfing, kite surfing or scuba diving in order to explore the wonderful bottom of the sea and shipwrecks, dated the time of World War II.
Those guests, who like winter sports, can choose one of the many ski resorts, equipped even with the synthetic trails, designed for those, who want to train throughout the year.
You can also go rafting, canyoning and orienteering. You can hire an experienced guide; so you can practice these kinds of sport even in case you are an inexperienced sportsman.
And those guests, who want to learn about the past of this land, about the cradle of Great Greece (Magna Grecia), and about the land of ancient settlements, can visit the numerous churches and monasteries, castles and palaces, places, where the old traditions are still preserved.
Calabria is divided into five provinces: three historic ones (Catanzaro (Catanzaro), the capital of the region, Reggio Calabria (Reggio Calabria), and Cosenza (Cosenza) and two modern ones - Crotone (Crotone) and Vibo Valentia (Vibo Valentia).
Art lovers will surely want to visit the exhibition in the National Museum of Reggio Calabria and to see the famous bronze sculptures Riace Bronzes (Bronzi di Riace). These beautiful statues, depicting two war heroes, are the rare example of the classical Greek sculpture.
The most interesting places of the region include Sila (Sila), Serra (Serre), Aspromonte (Aspromonte) and Pollino (Pollino) Parks.
The cuisine of Calabria is closely connected with the religious and spiritual life, there are rules and customs, associated with the ancient era; they are the result of nearly 3,000 years of history, from the period of Ancient Greece to the unification of Italy. Today's recipes are changed by those cooks, who like experimenting; still, many secrets and methods of cooking, handed down from the ancestors, are preserved. The cuisine of Calabria offers a wide range of products, such as the famous nduja, made in Spilinga (N'duja di Spilinga) – the very spicy spread, made of pork, fat and spices, red onion, grown in Tropea (Cipolla Rossa di Tropea), Pecorino del Poro cheese (Pecorino del Poro), olive oil, fine wines and liqueurs, infused with herbs and citrus, a wide range of spices, including the famous Calabrian chilli, delicious sun-dried tomatoes and other goodies, which will please any gourmet.
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