Southern hospitality, gorgeous scenery and sun-draped coastline are some of the hallmarks of Calabria. While much of the region is mountainous, the two seas that surround it are never more than an hour away from even the most remote peak. Folk traditions, craggy hill towns and beautiful, clean beaches make it a delightful find.

The sunny toe of the Italian boot is cradled by two seas, the Ionian and Mediterranean, and is punctuated by soaring rugged peaks. The southern point looks at Sicily and the smoking Mount Stromboli on an island off the coast, while inland the landscape rises dramatically to lofty mountain crags dotted with timeless stone towns. This is a land of natural beauty and undiscovered treasures.

Calabria boasts three national parks, making it an outdoors-lover’s paradise with plenty of trekking trails, horse riding, biking, skiing and even paragliding for sporty types. The jagged coastline outlines the region for nearly 700 kilometers and is similar to the Amalfi Coast with cliffs, sea caves and little islands sprinkled about, with super-clean water and undisturbed coves interrupted by old pastel towns and cliff-top castles. In fact, even in the remote peaks, you’re never more than an hour from the sea.

It is an almost mythical land that was part of Magna Grecia and influenced by the Arabs. You’ll find spicy food and honey-spiked pastries that attest to its origins, along with an abundance of citrus, chestnuts, olives and wine. Folk traditions and religious festivals still play important parts of daily life, even in the cities. Reggio Calabria, Cosenza, and Tropea offer buzzing life and culture along with distinctive Calabrian life, while the villages carry on the Old World ways in a slow pace and sense of community. There are even some exotic Albanian villages, populated by religious exiles centuries ago that still retain the costumes and dialect of their ancestors.

In Calabria you can enjoy pristine nature or beautiful beaches; see Greek sculptures, Roman mosaics, Byzantine churches and Saracen towers; ski on powdery slopes or swim in turquoise seas. It’s a varied land of treasures waiting to be uncovered.

Reggio Calabria

Calabria's most populous city and historic center of Greek culture, Reggio Calabria is a bustling port and busy city.

Diamante

On the Mediterranean coast of Calabria, Diamante sparkles like the gem it's named for.

Guardia Piemontese

Overlooking the Mediterranean from its hilltop, Guardia Piemontese is aptly named as a "guard".

Badolato

In Calabria's province of Catanzaro, the medieval hill town of Badolato sits above the Ionian Sea, on the Riviera degli Angeli, or Angel's Riviera.

Belvedere Marittimo

Located along Calabria's coast, Belvedere Marittimo does have a beautiful view, as its name implies.

Bonifati

On the Calabrian coast known as the Riviera of the Cedars, Bonifati is both a seaside resort and a medieval hill town.

Gerace

Gerace is situated where the rolling hills give way to rugged terrain at the base of the Calabrian mountains, with lovely landscapes and time-worn stone towns.

Locri

Calabria is Italy's toe, and Locri is located on the bottom of the foot, on the celestial blue Ionian Sea.

San Nicola Arcella

A town with a dual identity, San Nicola Arcella has the ancient hill town borgo and the seaside fishing village, now a modern resort town.

Santa Caterina dello Ionio

The antique hamlet of Santa Caterina dello Ionio sits on a hill at 450 meters above sea level, while its Marina seaside village sprawls on the shore below.

Scalea

The Calabrian coastal town of Scalea has a split personality.

Stilo

Calabria's beautiful Byzantine town also bears markers of the Middle Ages and Baroque periods, making it one of the region's most fascinating places.

Tortora

With an old town on the hill and beach resort on the sea, the best of all worlds come together in Tortora.

Tortora Marina

Facing the Gulf of Policastro, Tortora Marina was transformed from an agricultural plain to a seaside town and resort.

Badolato Marina

Badolato Marina rests near the seafront, the modern town not infringing itself on the largely undeveloped beach.

Praia a Mare

Praia a Mare rests along the Calabrian "Rivieri dei Cedri" or Cedar Coast at the northwest part of the region.

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