Trips

To the extreme point of Italy in front of Sicily there is Calabria, which is considered the “Pearl of the Mediterranean Sea” thanks to its just 300 sunny days; three of its sides are bathed from Tyrrhenian and Jonico Seas. You can discover Calabria, for example, thanks to an excursion on mount Monte Poro, which rises straight up about 1000 m. above sea-level and also the Natural Park: at its top there is the little church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

Vibo Valentia: is a Greek colony, built by Locrians, who founded temples for the cult of Proserpine. Today, we can still admire its walls and the remains of other temples and of the Villa Sicca, which had put up Cicerone, and the Roman baths. On the highest point, the Norman-Swabian Castle is domineering (it was built in 12th century on an ancient acropolis and today restored) and the seat of the Archaeological Museum.

Pizzo is a town, built by Greeks on an overhanging rock on the sea: it is known thanks to its ice-creams and thanks to tuna and swordfish fishing, characterized by little and narrow streets. Its houses slope down from the promontory to the sea: on it the Castle Murat rises, which was built in 1492 by Ferdinand the Aragonese, where Gioacchino Murat – the brother-in-law of Napoleon – was accused and shot after a summary proceedings of treason. The beach of Piedigrotta is also suggestive: from it we can admire the wonderful church, excavated in the tuff of a natural grotto.

At only 9 km far from the tourist complex there is Tropea, considered also “Saint Tropez” of the South and reference point for tourists. It rises on a promontory straight up the sea, known also for its crystalline-clear waters and for its beaches with a very white sand other than for its historical importance. Its witnesses are still intact palaces and churches dating back to 18th and 19th centuries, among which there is the church of S. Maria dell’Isola (Saint Maria of the Isle), rested facing to the built-up area on a sand-rock in the sea- shores.

Everyday hydroplanes leave from its port towards the Archipelago of the Aeolian Islands, where we can spend a wonderful day. Lipari is the biggest and very beautiful isle, although Vulcan, too, is certainly beautiful with its black beaches and the shafts of natural mud for baths. Then, there is Stromboli, one of the most active volcanoes in the world.

Moreover, the culturally interested tourists cannot absolutely loose the chance of visiting Reggio Calabria (at about 100 km to the South), where there is also the biggest archaeological Museum of Calabria, where the Bronzes of Riace, the most famous in the world, are kept other than a variety of archaeological finds, dating back to the Greek era.

And at the end: Sicily. How can we not visit Taormina and its Naxos Gardens, considering that it is necessary only two hours to reach them?

At the end, please not forget to get information on the summer-programs. Yearly every town-community dedicates a feast lasting one o more days to the Saint or to Patron-Madonna with fun, folkloristic and song-shows: often, famous singers perform, too.