Calabria summer holidays

Explore this intriguing southern corner of Italy
 


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Helen Twigg

Helen Twigg
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Pizzo, CalabriaCalabria, a region of southern Italy, has some of the country’s finest beaches and mountain ranges, and its most exquisite cuisine. Much of the region is still considered untouched, so for those of you seeking a quieter excursion - away from more tourist-oriented destinations - you may want to consider a stay in the region’s tranquil towns and villages. There's the opportunity to follow popular itineraries that retrace the area’s rich cultural history, visiting the numerous castles in the region, such as Norman and Aragonese fortifications. Moreover, you can discover the region’s Byzantine buildings or art galleries, home to prehistoric, as well as modern art collections.

The region’s score of beaches and imposing mountain ranges can be explored on foot, or by mountain bike. Travellers may also be interested in researching a local horse-riding centre, to experience the gorgeous scenery in the saddle. Whether you choose to explore the region’s medieval landmarks, gorgeous mountain ranges, or coastal paths, retire to Calabrian HomeAway villas. You can tailor your search and enjoy early morning and late evening dips in your own pool, or ensure your home in Calabria is located close to a picturesque beach.

 


 

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Tropea Tropea summer holidays

The small medieval city of Tropea is situated on the beautiful Amalfi Coast of Calabria. Famed for its “cippola di Tropea” (red onions, that are even included in some desserts), this picturesque municipality can provide you with a wealth of opportunity to get a true sense of Southern Italian culture and custom. With its stunning cliffs, white sandy beaches and crystal clear water, Tropea Beach is an ideal destination for those searching for a personal beach spot. A visit to Tropea isn’t complete without a visit to the Santa Maria dell’Isola, of course, a wonderful church situated high up in the cliffs overlooking the magnificent coastline.

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Capo Vaticano Capo Vaticano summer holidays

The ‘Cape’ of Capo Vaticano continues to draw tourists seeking a marvellous setting for rest and recuperation. The Capo Vaticano Ricadi is considered one of the best beaches in the world, boasting white rocks, turquoise sea and stretches of pristine sand. The white-gray granite of the ‘Cape’ is one of its most distinctive features, and has remained a fascinating discovery for geologists. The area is dominated by fishing, with swordfish, tuna and blue sharks just some of the numerous fish travellers can spot in the surrounding water. Scuba divers and snorkelers, meanwhile, will have an unmissable opportunity to get up close and personal with aquatic creatures.

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Soverato Soverato summer holidays

Lying on the coast of the Ionian Sea is the town and commune of Soverato, a quaint coastal region providing a perfect setting to unwind. Here, you can find an array of picture perfect beach settings on which to bathe and take a gentle dip in the soothing sea. During the summer season, this charming town becomes a lively platform, with its bars, cafes and galeterias open for tourists long into the night. You can enjoy lengthy walks along the stunning coastline and stop for locally produced ice cream, but for the more adventurous traveller, the opportunity to enjoy sea diving day trips should not be missed. For activities away from the beach, wander through the town and explore the chic shops and boutiques.

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Rocca Imperiale Rocca Imperiale summer holidays

Within the province of Cosenza lies the small charming town of Rocca Imperiale. Surrounded by expansive green countryside, and with a skyline dominated by its fortress, Rocca Imperiale transcends its visitors into the heart of local Southern Italian culture. At the top of the Castello di Rocca Imperiale, visitors can marvel at the glorious countryside, and enjoy a panoramic view of the skyline, with nearby towns and communes within sight. With a number of quaint local restaurants within the town, visitors can expect to enjoy typical southern Italian Mediterranean cuisine, with meat dishes, fish and vegetables in abundance. The town’s marina is a peaceful setting for long walks and an evening meal, away from the hustle of bustle of larger towns and cities within the area.

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Pizzo Pizzo summer holidays

As a seaport of the province of Vibo Valentia, Pizzo is characterised by its thriving fishing trade, with tuna-based dishes a local speciality. Away from the fishermen's boats lies a fascinating commune with a number of intriguing visitor attractions steeped in history. The Piedigrotta Church is a remarkable structure, built within a cave and housing a number of carvings of religious figures. From the top of the Castello Aragonese Murat, you  can enjoy captivating views of the coastline: it's a perfect spot for picnicking whilst watching the sun set. Le Spiagge di Pizzo, meanwhile, is the most popular beach within the province, where you can enjoy the warm summer sun and take a dip in the crystal clear waters. A trip to Pizzo isn’t complete without trying the local speciality “Tartufo”, a large ball of ice cream filled with molten chocolate -  perfect for those with a sweet tooth!

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