A Taste of Calabrian History

From April through October, Travel Calabria offers the 8 day / 7 night A Taste of Calabrian History tour, which features stops in several important sites of Magna Grecia such as Squillace and Locri. Visits to Gerace, Stilo, Reggio Calabria, Pizzo Calabro, Tropea, and Serra San Bruno are also included.

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Day 1: BADOLATO
Benvenuti in Calabria! Arrival of the group at Lamezia Terme airport and transfer to the hotel. Welcome drink. Rest of the day at leisure. Dinner and overnight.

Day 2: BADOLATO – SQUILLACE
Buffet breakfast at the hotel. In the morning you will enjoy a three-hour walking tour of BADOLATO, an old medieval village perched on a hill at 250 meters above sea level. Visit of the Monastery of “S. Maria degliAngeli,” the Church of Santa Caterina, the Church of Immacolata, and the Bell Tower. Short stop for a tasting of some local food at a “catojo,” a typical local wine cellar. In the afternoon we will continue to the “Archaeological Park of Calabria” surrounded by old olive trees for a short visit to the ruins of Skylletion, one of the most important cities of Magna Grecia. Visit of the old town of  SQUILLACE, situated on a hill at 344 meters above sea level, also known for the craft of pottery and ceramics. After your city tour, you will have the opportunity to taste some local food such as cheese, salumi, and wine in the old medieval castle of Squillace. Return to the hotel, dinner and overnight.

Day 3: STILO – LOCRI – GERACE
Buffet breakfast and departure by bus to STILO, a town of ancient origin. The old center houses the Cattolica, one of the best preserved Byzantine churches, the Baroque Church of St. Francesco d’Assisi and the Cathedral, which dates back to the thirteenth century. Continue to the old LOCRI, one of the first Greek colonies dating back to 623 BC and transfer to GERACE, a beautiful and intact medieval town, where we visit the majestic Cathedral with three aisles, supported by columns of the temples of Locri Epizephiri. Light lunch and shopping. In the afternoon return to the hotel and time dedicated to relax. After dinner, you will try some local biscuits, typical of our region, and finely accompanied by some sweet “passito.

Day 4: REGGIO CALABRIA – SCILLA
Buffet breakfast and departure to REGGIO CALABRIA to visit the National Museum which houses the Riace Bronzes. Short city tour and walk along one of the most beautiful promenades of Italy. In the early afternoon departure to SCILLA, town of enchanting beauty linked to the mythical legend of the monster Scilla and Cariddi. Free time to visit the Ruffo Castle or to swim in the beautiful blue waters of the Mediterranean sea. Return to the hotel at approximately 17.30. Late in the afternoon, the tour continues to the hilltop town of Badolato for  a visit of a local vineyard for some wine-tasting and dinner. Return to the hotel and overnight.

Day 5: PIZZO CALABRO – TROPEA
Buffet breakfast and departure for an excursion of PIZZO CALABRO, with a visit of the Aragonese Castle where Joachim Murat was shot. Short stop in the streets to enjoy the famous ice cream “Tartufo di Pizzo.” Continue to TROPEA, an ancient city that sits on tufa rock famous worldwide for its medieval charm and the panoramic sea view from the balconies. Light lunch. After the tour of PIZZO, we’ll go back to the hotel. Transfer to beautiful beach of Badolato and relax. Dinner and overnight.

Day 6: SERRA SAN BRUNO
Buffet breakfast and departure to Serra San Bruno, home of the famous “Certosa di San Bruno.” Visit of Angitola side, wetland of global importance due to the presence of a variety of aquatic birds. In Serra San Bruno, a small town located between forests, visit the Museum of Certosa di San Bruno and its churches. Lunch in a local restaurant featuring porcini mushrooms and some typical products of the area. Return to the hotel at approximately 18.30. Dinner and overnight.

Day 7: LE CASTELLA – CAPO COLONNA
Buffet breakfast and departure at 8:00 for a hike at LE CASTELLA, remembered for having given hospitality to Hannibal and his camps. Visit the Aragonese Castle, situated on a stretch of land that goes into the Ionian Sea. Continue to CAPO COLONNA, which is the easternmost point of Calabria and preserves the last column of the 48 Doric columns of the Temple of Hera. Return to the hotel at approximately 17.30. Relax. Farewell dinner and overnight.

Day 7:
Buffet breakfast, check out, transfer to Lamezia Terme and end of our services.

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Michelle FabioMichelle Fabio is an American attorney-turned-freelance writer living in her family's ancestral village in Calabria, Italy and savoring simplicity one sip at a time. 

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Recipes

 

Homemade apple butter
Green beans, potatoes, and pancetta
Glazed Apple Oatmeal Cinnamon Muffins
Pasta with snails alla calabrese
Onion, Oregano, and Thyme Focaccia
Oatmeal Banana Craisin Muffins
Prosciutto wrapped watermelon with bel paese cheese
Fried eggs with red onion and cheese
Calabrian sausage and fava beans
Ricotta Pound Cake