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Journey to Calabria between taste, art and craftsmanship

To really know a territory it is important to retrace its historical events, appreciate its artistic beauties and discover the cultural influences that have shaped its traditions. This Calabrian tour is an experiential journey through culture, crafts, impeccable food and wine. Calabria, a region with a rich agricultural heritage is characterized by the Mediterranean triad: the crops of olive oil, wheat and wine, thanks to its predominantly hilly landscape and hot, dry climate. It is no coincidence that it was known as Enotria (land of wine) and still today carries on a wine making tradition with native varietals exemplifying unique characteristics, as well as the traditional cultivation of ancient grains and the production of an excellent extra virgin olive oil. If knowledge passes through the five senses, scents and colors become indispensable to deeply understand this region. The red of spicy chilli pepper and sweet Tropea onion, the yellow of lemons, the green of Bergamot, the black of licorice, with the scent of fennel, cumin and laurel coming together and bringing to life ancient memories. In addition to taste, craftsmanship is also part of this exploratory journey. Masterfully crafted artifacts such as ceramics, loom fabrics, masks, pots, goldsmith art, woodworks and much more are representative of Calabrian customs and traditions that have been handed down from antiquity.

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4 days

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Best season : Spring - early Autumn

Included / Not Included

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Assistance upon arrival at the airport / station

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Car rental with insurance

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3 nights in a minimum 3 * hotel / B&B

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Visits and activities as per program

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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 Reggio Calabria airport, where you will find an Italy Trails representative who will welcome you, deliver your travel materials and help you to pick up the rental car. In the “City of the Strait,” (referring to the body of water separating Reggio Calabria from the island of Sicily) it is possible to visit the National Archaeological Museum which, among the many finds in its rich collection, houses some of the few examples in the world of original 5th century Greek bronze sculptures: the famous Riace Bronzes, found in the sea in 1972. Here you can stroll along the elegant and long pedestrian area of Corso Garibaldi, see the monumental Cathedral and visit the Aragonese Castle. Have a stroll along the seafront promenade, defined by poet Gabriele D’Annunzio as the most beautiful kilometer in Italy. Dinner in a restaurant on the seafront with a fresh fish menu and overnight at the hotel.

In the morning, after an authentic cappuccino, you will move towards Palmi, making a stop along the way at Monte Sant’Elia to admire an amazing view of the Strait of Messina and the Aeolian Islands. Once in Palmi, you will visit the Casa della Cultura, surrounded by a large garden where bronze sculptures are housed and two austere Roman columns stand out, coming from the archaeological site of ancient Taureana. The building, equipped with large rooms, an auditorium, and the municipal library, is home to civic museums, a modern and contemporary art gallery and of the interesting museum of ethnography and folklore. After lunch, you will arrive in Seminara, where you will visit the village and the Museo delle Ceramiche di Calabria. Opened in the summer of 2019, this museum aims to preserve and strengthen the heritage of artisan crafts that has made the village famous all over the world. Among the most famous admirers of these crafts we remember Pablo Picasso. Overnight in Tropea.

After breakfast at the hotel, you will visit the enchanting village of Tropea, also known as the Pearl of the Tyrrhenian Sea, known throughout the world for its crystal clear sea. Set atop a natural balcony on the Mediterranean, part of the splendid Costa degli Dei (Coast of the Gods) and is a place of ancient legends and millenary history. The ancient part of the city, located on a terrace overlooking the sea, boasts numerous noble palaces and the inspiring Norman Cathedral where the sacred image of the Madonna of Romania is venerated. The church of medieval origin, dedicated to the Madonna dell’Isola, stands on the top of a sandstone rock and is one of the most important monuments in Calabria. After the visit, you will dedicate yourself to the region’s flavors, thanks to a tasting of traditional products such as the famous Tropea onion, jams, local cheeses and salamis. In the afternoon, you will go to the Statti Cellars to visit the vineyards and for a wine tasting. Overnight in Rossano Calabro.

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