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From the Middle Ages to Contemporary Art: The Artistic Jewels of Calabria

This tour touches some significant stages of Norman and medieval history in Calabria. Starting from the famous sanctuary, destination of pilgrimages and a place of devotion to St. Francis of Paola, you will get the chance to visit the basilica built in the fifteenth century that contains his remains. In a path that favors the medieval castles on the coast and on the Pollino Mountains that offer unforgettable views of the sea and the mountains, this route does not forget the small seaside villages, among the most beautiful in Italy, and the naturalistic beauties, such as the Raganello Gorges, finishing in the city of Cosenza, rich in history and architectural/artistic beauties.

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6 days

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Best season : All year round

Included / Not Included

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Assistance upon arrival at the airport

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6 Days Car rental with insurance

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Entrances to Castles, Museums and Basilicas

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Option of a tour guide in one language for all locations of the itinerary by reservation

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5 nights in a hotel with a minimum of 3 stars

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Directions and suggestions for best beaches

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Travel accessories and telephone with Italian SIM

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Directions and suggestions for best bars and restaurants

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Telephone assistance in Italian, English, Spanish and French

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Flights to/from your home city

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Meals where not mentioned

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Travel Insurance (strongly recommended)

Itinerary

Arrival at the airport (or station) where you will find an Italy Trails representative who will welcome you, deliver your travel material and accompany you to pick up the rental car. You will travel along the plains of Saint Eufemia beside the coastline of the homonymous gulf overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea to reach the well-known town of Amantea. Get accomodated at the hotel with a welcome cocktail. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Amantea.

After breakfast, you will leave for Paola, a charming seaside town where the Sanctuary of Saint Francis of Paola stands, a saint known throughout the world. The rich and articulated monumental complex is one of the most important destinations for religious tourism in Calabria. Visiting it, you will discover the hermitage where the saint lived, as well as the way of miracles, testimony of the many episodes in which the Pauline friar performed his prodigies from a young age. You will also see the new liturgical hall, built in 2000, in which the modern architectures and a very copious mosaic express a fervent spirituality. But the beating heart of the sanctuary remains the ancient Basilica, strongly desired by the friar and built in the 15th century. The chapel of the relics is eloquent, which houses part of the remains of St. Francis as well as objects belonging to him. After the visit, you can stop for lunch wherever you prefer. In the afternoon, you will head to Belmonte Calabro, a delightful medieval village that offers suggestive views of the beautiful Calabrian Tyrrhenian Coast. You will visit the Cathedral dedicated to Saint Maria Assunta and the ruins of the castle built in medieval times. You will then experience Colavolpe Atelier, a historic company producing dried figs, fine chocolate and other excellent products of the Calabrian food and wine tradition. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Amantea.

In the morning, you will leave for Fiumefreddo Bruzio, a picturesque village located at 220 meters above sea level along the Costa dei Borghi Antichi. Its position overlooking the sea allows, on clear days, to spot the Aeolian Islands. You will visit the Castello della Valle, which includes remnants of numerous dominations and, to follow, churches, noble palaces, historic homes and the works of the famous Sicilian artist, Salvatore Fiume. The craftsmanship of Master Spina’s workshop, who created an artistic nativity scene on permanent display, is also very interesting. In the afternoon, you will transfer to Diamante, known as the Pearl of the Tyrrhenian Sea, an extraordinary seaside village richly decorated with murals containing multiple socio-anthropological meanings. The town has an interesting historic center, where the Church of the Immaculate Conception was built by Prince Carafa in the 17th century, who donated the monumental statue of the Immaculate Conception carved on a single olive trunk in 1656.
Overnight and dinner at the hotel in Diamante.

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