Exploring the Calabria Region Italy

Calabria is the tip of the Italian peninsula; it borders with Basilicata and stretches between the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Ionian Sea in the direction of Sicily, from which it is divided by the Strait of Messina.

Geographically, Calabria has its own distinct individuality, due to its peripherical and almost isolated position Calabria has enormous tourist potential, and its exploitation should reasonably be expected to boost genuine improvement of the regional economy. A wealth of splendid scenery lies along the littoral which, including the Tyrrhenian and Ionian coasts, stretches for nearly 800 km. and is characterized by a tremendous variety of panoramas, ranging from delightful rocky coves (especially on the Tyrrhenian) to vast beaches fringing a clear sparkling sea.

The magnificent inland area is dotted with tiny picturesque villages hugging the hills that slope down to the water, with colourful and typically Mediterranean.

Instead those who prefer to learn about the region's past, Calabria, the cradle of Magna Graecia and land of ancient settlements, is full of splendid churches, monasteries, castles, palaces and towns where age-old traditions still survive.

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Physcial Profile of the Calabria Region

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OUTDOOR RECREATION IN THE CALABRIA REGION

PROVINCES OF THE CALABRIA REGION

Catanzaro Province (regional capital), Reggio Calabria Province, Cosenza Province, Crotone Province, and Valentia Province

TOWNS OF THE CALABRIA REGION

Catanzaro – Capital of Calabria, situated in the narrowest part of Italy, home to one of Europe’s tallest bridges & the remains of a Norman-era castle
Reggio Calabria – Calabria’s oldest and largest city, home to the National Museum of Magna Grecia and the Riace bronzes, long stretch of beaches near the city center
Tropea – Beach town on the Tyrrhenian Sea, home to a 12th century Norman cathedral
Cosenza – Home to the University of Calabria, home to an 11th century castle, historically important cultural city in southern Italy, an “open air museum” occupies a pedestrian area of downtown
Scilla – Beach town on the Tyrrhenian Sea, beautiful panorama along the coast
Squillace – Beach town on the Ionian Sea (on the Gulf of Squillace), important archaeological site
Paola – Beach town on the Tyrrhenian Sea, birthplace of San Francesco de Paola
Scalea – Beach town on the Tyrrhenian Sea, old town higher up in the hills & new town by the beach
Soverato – Beach town on the Ionian Sea
Badolato – Village near the Ionian coast, several Byzantine churches
Sybaris – Beach town on the Ionian Sea, once an important Greek city in the 6th century B.C.E.
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