and scents of Calabria
The search for strong feelings in the products of nature made Reggina
gastronomy an art that is simple but full of traditions that have been
passed on from generation to generation and renewed in time. The characteristic
ingredient of the Reggina cooking is chilli, which has been used by the
imagination of many producers to create many new products that are now
mixed with the traditional ones.
Pork products (soppressata, capicollo, filetti, nduja), traditional cheese,
the rosamarina, also known as the caviar of the South (spicy new-born
sardines), and extra virgin olive oil are the winning tickets for those
who are hard to please. Not to forget the unique art of the preserves,
thanks to which the products of nature (tomato sauce, mushrooms, aubergines,
tuna and many more products), picked and preserved are able to keep the
garden scents and the colours of the passed seasons intact.
Art and culture of Calabria
The artistic heritage of Reggio Calabria's province reflects
its historical events and guards priceless treasures of prehistorical
times and Magna Graecia's culture. This journey will take us into all
those places that still witness the culture of this land , like the byzantine
norman spirituality, San Giovanni Terrestì Basilica in Bivongi
or Gerace's Cathedral, or some private buildings, like Villa Caristo in
Stignano, built in the XVIII century, Villa Palizzi in Casignana, which
still presents an untouched floor mosaic, and Villa del Naniglio in Gioiosa
The art of the past is connected to the traditional craftsmanship
that, thanks to the shops that have been passed on from generation to
generation, is still active especially in small centres where most of
the valuable materials of nature are available. Like the renowned Seminara
ceramics: among them the apotropaiche masks, that were said to keep the
evil spirits away and that today have assumed a mainly decorative role.
Weaving is another art that goes back to the greeks and romans. Like
then, the working of the broom plant allows to produced fabrics of good
quality and strength. Art and culture intertwine in symbols and popular
traditions and are proposed over and over in folk stories and religious
festivals that are a typical characteristic of the province.
In the heart of the Mediterranean, between the sea and the mountains,
with a mild climate thanks to the sea, the province territory is characterised
by thick chestnut tree, beech, holm oax and white fir tree forests, that
alternate with olive and grape groves, secular fiumare and overhanging
coasts covered in ferns, brooms, arbutus, myrtles, oleanders and prickly
The coastline that goes from Villa S. Giovanni to Gioiosa Ionica presents
the natural habitat for bergamot cultivation. The territory's fauna presents
different species of birds, and amongst them we find the black woodpecker,
the great eagle, the harrier eagle and the Pecchiaiolo hawk, also called
adorno, that in springtime crosses the Messina Strait from Africa to procreate
Parco Nazionale dell'Aspromonte
Parco Nazionale dell'Aspromonte is situated in the southern part of
the Apennine chain in Calabria. Looking like a giant pyramid. The area
is near the sea and reaches 2000 meters of height with its many mountain
peaks and plateaus of marine sedimentary origins. The Park territory,
deeply marked by a number of watercourses, is also characterized by numerous
species such as the wolf, the peregrine, the eagle owl, and the goshawk,
and by wide forests of beech tree, silver fir, black pine, holm oak,
chestnut tree, and Mediterranean maquis. A couple of rare species live
here: the Bonelli's eagle and tropical fern Woodwardia radicans. Surrounded
by the Mediterranean Sea, the Park is enriched by considerable historical,
artistic, and archaeological aspects, evidences of the archaic, classical,
Greek, medieval, and modern culture.
is a municipality located within the province of Vibo Valentia, in Calabria
(southern Italy). The town is a famous bathing place located situated
on a reef, in the gulf of St. Euphemia connected with the mainland by
a narrow strip in the Tyrrhenian
Sea, toward the south with respect to Vibo Valentia and northward with
respect to Ricadi and Capo Vaticano.
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Gerace is a town in the province
of Reggio Calabria, Calabria, Italy. Gerace is located several miles inland
yet the latter town and the Sea can be seen from Gerace's perch atop
a 500 m vertical rock. The town stands on a hill formed of conglomerates
of sea fossils from 60 millions years ago. The main attractions of Gerace
are the remains of the old Norman Castle (probably begun in the 10th
century by the Byzantines) at the top of Gerace, and the perfectly preserved
once home to 128 churches; the most noteworthy amongst the remaining
- Church of St. Francis (13th century), containing a precious Baroque
- The Norman Cathedral,
the largest religious building in Calabria, including the prison of
the Five Martyrs of Gerace (1045). It has a nave and two aisles, each
divided by 13 columns coming from the ancient temples of Locri.
The crypt is accessible also.
It has also a museum, founded in 1996.
- San Giovannello ("Little St. John", 10th century).
- Santa Maria del Mastro (1083), of Greek rite until 1480.
Landscape of Calabria
from the plane the province of Reggio Calabria, extreme tip of the Italian
boot, looks like an enormous mountain caressed by the sea. Aspromonte,
between Palmi and Capo Zefiro, south from Locri, touches the sea with
its spurs, that become sea-depths of evocative colours; in the north it
embraces from one side the Piana di Gioia Tauro, with its ample terraces
that descend green in olive and orange groves between S. Cristina and
Delianuova, and from the other side it stretches out into the crest of
Melia, that grows like a long arm to the borders of Vibo Valentia's Province.
Aspromonte is the main character of the Calabria province: it dominates
most of the territory and, thanks to the National Park it's still a guardian
of great forests, and of torrents that fall down hill with evocative waterfalls
to become lakes, or to disappear into streams.
Long and warm beaches mark the coastlines of Calabria, opening towards
Sicily and Mount Etna. The province is rich with contradictions, the colours
are both violent and delicate: the purple of the Tyrrhenian sea, the pale
blue of the Ionian, the deep green of the moors on the rocky slopes of
Scilla and Bagnara, and the green of the orange groves which is everywhere
on the plains. Enjoy the perfumes of the sweet jasmine of the Ionic coast,
the strong oregano along the cliffs covered in herbs.
Aeroporto di Lamezia Terme-Sant'Eufemia (Airport IATA code: SUF)
dello Stretto (Reggio Calabria, Airport IATA code: REG)
- Aeroporto di Crotone-Sant'Anna (Airport IATA code: CRV)
- Corigliano Calabro (Porto di Schiavonea)
- Gioia Tauro (RC), the biggest in the Mediterranean sea
- Reggio Calabria
- Vibo Valentia
- Villa San Giovanni (RC)
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