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Art of the Stone Ages in Calabria

Italy Travel Notes presents Mette Vaabengaard

In addition to the graves, Grotta del Romito contains stalactites and stalagmites in interesting shapes and “several drawings” from Palaeolithic time. I immediately imagined a vast art gallery of cave paintings in Lascaux style, and as the cave is only a “short drive” from Papasidero, it seemed a reasonable outing.

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The drive became slightly less reasonable, the moment we left the main road for a dirt track to the cave. Roads in this area are generally full of holes, because landslides regularly undermine half the road, and while the main road was wide enough for two oncoming cars to pass each other, the single track to the cave had no room to spare. Instead, you had to navigate an inclination of 45 degrees and several sharp turns, hiding whatever might be found around the corner. Still, there was no place to turn around, so once you have started, you have to continue down the gorge.
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Visiting Reggio Di Calabria

Italy Travel Notes – Denise Weiss

Located on the toe of Italy’s boot, Reggio di Calabria is a laid-back Italian coastal city with a 2009 population of 185,000. As a seaside city, Reggio has a thriving fishing industry, but the beaches are the true attraction that brings in the tourists. The city and its slow easy pace stands as a contrast to the more commonly regarded fast-paced energetic Italian cities such as Milan, as there is a rural feel to Reggio even though it has a substantial population.

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Reggio dates back to the 8th century BC, and the traditional way of life is still prevalent in many of the villages. There is a 3 hour siesta in the middle of the day, every day, and you may find it hard to find any action while the city sleeps.
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Italian Cuisine – New Twists From Calabria

Italy Travel Notes presents Paul Carpenter

Pasta. Pizza. Yawn. Today, we are so exposed to ‘Italian’ food on the high street that it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that Italy has a far richer edible heritage than tomato sauces and bland, made-over pastas. Perhaps the key to understanding the real beauty of Italian food is to learn about the strong – and widely differing – regional heritages.

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In the North of the country, close to the rest of Europe, the pizza has achieved near hegemony. Purely a Napolitan and Roman tradition this basic bread and tomato recipe is nearly ubiquitous. Alongside the bland, heavy, cheese-laden pasta dishes that line up for our attention on supermarket shelves has frogmarched over our perceptions of Italian food, despite its most common incarnation having more in common with the kitchens of Manhattan than the simple rustic traditions of Italian food.
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The Calabrian Region of Italy

Italy Travel Notes – Tristan Von Herschberg

Calabria is a region of Italy, much like our own Counties. It is situated right at the end of the ‘toe’, nestled between the Tyrrhenian and Ionian Seas. The Straight of Messina separates the region from Sicily. The famous city of Scylla is located on this coast, facing what was known in Homer’s Odyssey as Charybdis.

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As you may imagine, Calabria has a wealth of history. First settled by tribes, it was then inhabited by Greeks before being conquered by the Roman Empire. With the downfall of the Romans, the region fell on hard times, becoming a borderland between the Byzantines and the Arabs of Sicily. Malaria and poverty meant that the area remained isolated and rural for hundreds of years, one of the poorest regions of Europe until very recently.
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Calabria – Unspoiled Beauty

Italy Travel Notes presents Mark James Goodwin

Southern Italy has long been a holiday location for the northern Italian population who want to leave the smog of Milan and Turin and relax on white sandy beaches and swim in crystal clear waters. This is why Calabria has managed to keep its original identity, retaining every ounce of charm and character.

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Throughout the region it is still possible to enjoy amazing local dishes using traditional recipes, accompanied by a good bottle of wine for the price of a starter in alternative European destinations.
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The New Stunning Destination to Travel to – Calabria in Southern Italy

Italy Travel Notes presents Marco A Rossi

If you’re looking for a vacation or travel destination that will leave a lasting impression, it’s time for you to visit the new stunning destination to see – Calabria, Southern Italy. This region might leave a lot of people dumbfounded. It’s not exactly a household name in terms of popular travel destinations. But that’s because Calabria hasn’t been very accessible for a really long time. In fact, only some parts in the UK, Europe and the US have had a direct routes to the region’s airports. It was only recently that the Italian government and the Calabria local authorities have made giant steps in upgrading its road infrastructures and airports.

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Where is this Region? Calabria is located in the southernmost part of the Italian peninsula. It is popularly known as Italy’s best-kept secret. It is cradled by the turquoise Mediterranean Sea, which makes the region home to a wide array of beautiful beaches. The coastal areas around Calabria make the region a popular summer vacation spot. The region’s tropical weather adds to its allure as well.
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Holidays in Calabria, Italy

Italy Travel Notes presents Phil Hanlon

At the toe of Italy’s boot, right in the south of the country, can be found the wild and unspoilt region of Calabria. Most well-known for its seaside resorts – no part of the area is more than 50 km from the sea – Calabria’s towns are modern creations that have been built for the tourists. However, if you wander off the tourist trail, there are many historic villages high in the mountains and the region is famous for its Greek and Roman heritage, with ruins in the countryside and artefacts in the museums.


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Some of the best Greek and Roman ruins can be found in the towns of Cosanza and Reggio Calabria, such as baths, theatres and even bridges. Further afield, recent digs have uncovered evidence of ancient villages at Sibari, Crotone, Catanzaro, Locri, Vibo Valentia, and there is undoubtedly more to discover in this historic region of Italy. Many of the artefacts that have been found at these digs are now on display in one of Calabria’s many archaeological museums, including the National Museum in Reggio Calabria. Contained here is one of the most important collections in all of Italy, including Byzantine art, relics of Bronze and Iron Age tombs and the world-famous Bronzes of Riace, two large bronze statues of warriors dating from the fifth century BC.
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What to Do on Holiday in Calabria

Italy Travel Notes presents Andy Gibson

Calabria is a popular holiday destination with holiday makers who like to stay in holiday rentals. They are drawn here by its spectacular historical and cultural venues. Many holiday makers like to rent holiday villas and self catering holiday cottages in Calabria as holiday homes.

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Besides the amazing landmarks, tourists can enjoy the outdoor sports such as biking, water sports and adventure sports in this area. In order to get the best experience from a Calabria holiday, one must pre-schedule the top five things to do in Calabria.
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7 must see places in Calabria

If you are headed for Italy and you are to choose where to go and what to see, Calabira might not be your first choice for a number of reasons: there is rarely a direct flight to reach it, it is very much on the south and sometimes perceived as very hot and then, there is the competition from Sicily, which might be the first choice of those Italy travellers headed for the south.


When you look at the suggestions from travellers on places to visit in Italy you find quite a lot of information on Rome and Florence and Venice and very little about Calabria. Just have a look at our own categories on Italy Travel Notes and see how many we have on Rome and Florence and until now we have not had a single submission or traveller’s advice on Calabria.

Discovering Calabria ourselves, we decided to share our insights with you because there are so many beautiful places to visit in Calabria, it is alluring and the water in the sea is crystal-clean, there are some amazing and unique spots to see and delicious sea food to taste.
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I Love Italian Wine and Food – The Calabria Region

Italy Travel Notes presents: by Levi Reiss

Calabria is the toe of the Italian boot. It is located in the southwest corner of Italy, with 500 miles of coastline on the Ionian, Mediterranean, and Tyrrhenian Seas. Its total population is about 2 million. The countryside is mountainous, and prone to earthquakes. For centuries peasants worked very hard to eke out a living from its poor soil. During the last century over a million people left Calabria to seek a better life in Northern or Central Italy or overseas.

Italy Travel Notes – I Love Italian Wine and Food - The Calabria Region

Historically, the region`s first name was Italia, probably from the Italic tribes that inhabited the area. Over time, Calabria has belonged to the Greeks, the Romans, and the Byzantines. Others who lived in the area include Armenians, Bulgarians, Catalans, Goths, Spaniards, Normans, and Bourbons. Talk about multiculturalism.
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