Hidden Italy: Calabria

At Citalia we have over 90 years’ experience and over this time we have discovered a number of Italian hidden gems that are off the beaten track. We have travelled the country top to bottom, bottom to top, and everything in between to bring you our extensive knowledge and secret treasures.  
Without further ado, introducing the latest in our Hidden Italy series, Citalia’s Choice for June…CALABRIA!  
Calabria is Italy’s best kept secret. Tucked away in the south of Italy, it is a hidden, untouched region that invites you to experience the Italian way of life. Here are some of our favourite things about Calabria for you to enjoy on your next Italian adventure. 


Wander around Tropea

Tropea is a coastal gem in the south of Italy. With stunning natural beauty and rich history, this little town is captivating and vibrant. Nestled on a cliff overlooking the turquoise waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea, Tropea is blessed with panoramic views as far as the eye can see. Wander around the narrow streets and soak up the fresh, clean air. There’s so much history in the streets and heading off the main road gives you the opportunity to learn about the culture and meet the local people. Be sure to try the famous sweet red onions, and nduja, a spicy spreadable salami that will make your tastebuds come alive.
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Take a trip to the Aeolian Islands

From the coast of Calabria, you can see the Aeolian Islands in the distance. This mesmerising archipelago is made up of seven islands – Lipari, Vulcano, Salina, Panarea, Stromboli, Filicudi and Alicudi. A haven for nature lovers, the Aeolian Islands boast a diverse range of landscapes, perfect for those seeking adventure. Stromboli is an active volcano known for its regular eruptions while Lipari is the largest and most vibrant with a buzzing port area and ancient archaeological treasures. The Aeolian Islands offer a wealth of wonders and can easily be reached in a couple of hours from the mainland.
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Reggio Calabria

The largest city in Calabria, Reggio Calabria is famous for the Riace Bronzes which are ancient Greek statues paying homage to the area’s cultural past. Known for its historical significance, Reggio Calabria invites you to stroll through its charming streets and squares that are lined with elegant churches and palaces. Embrace the beauty of the coast with a walk along the Lungomare Falcomatà, one of the most stunning waterfront promenades in all of Europe offering gorgeous views across the sea and Sicilian coast.
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Breathe in the National Parks

The area of Calabria is wild and picturesque with rugged landscapes and plenty of greenery. Calabria is home to a number of national parks just waiting to be explored. Be sure to visit Sila National Park with its stunning forests, lakes, and wildlife. Visitors can enjoy hiking or biking before stopping for a picnic to take in your surroundings and breathe in the fresh air. Known as the “green lung” of Calabria, it’s easy to see why with this scenic park oozing natural beauty.
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Where can I stay in Calabria?

We have some excellent hotels available for your next adventure to Calabria.

Capovaticano Resort Thalasso Spa, Tropea
  • Located close to historic town of Tropea
  • Featuring a Thalasso and Spa, ideal for relaxation
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Praia Art Resort, Isola di Capo Rizzuto
  • Adult only Hotel, ideal for couples
  • Boutique and romantic
  • Michelin starred restaurant
  • Venture further afield to explore ancient villages and the wild landscape of Calabria
Baia del Sole Resort, Ricardi
  • Retreat to a beachfront resort in tranquil Calabria
  • Unwind in the breath-taking beauty of the Tyrrhenian coast
  • Relish the outdoors with land and sea-based family-friendly activities

Discover the real Italy with Citalia

Ready for Calabria? Well, here is our commitment to you. With 95 years’ experience we pride ourselves on ensuring you Travel with Confidence. Our Italy Experts are on hand to help you plan your next enchanting escape. Discover the real Italy with Citalia, your next adventure is just a call away…  
Enjoyed uncovering Calabria? Discover more of the real Italy in our latest blog series. Every month we’re revealing a new off the beaten track destination, explore the regions our experts have already shared, with Hidden Italy: Aeolian Islands and Hidden Italy: Palermo.  

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