Imagine traveling through the deep south of Italy in your rented car at Naples airport.
So after a nice stop on the Amalfi Coast you roll into Calabria.
With the many beauties this land has to offer, it is really hard to choose which destinations you cannot give up at all.
From the Tyrrhenian Sea to the Ionian Sea, these are the most beautiful destinations selected for you:
1 ) Tropea is the pearl of the Tyrrhenian Sea, a picturesque village rich in history that lies between the gulfs of Sant’Eufenia and Gioia Tauro on the fascinating Costa degli Dei.
It is impossible to think of Tropea without picturing the Sanctuary of the Madonna dell’Isola, an imposing structure by the sea, part church and part castle that stands on the rock of the same name dominating the panorama.
Relax on Tropea’s golden shores among small beaches and sea caves, wander through the narrow streets of the historic center dotted with numerous craft stores and souvenir stores, and reach Capo Vaticano just 9 kilometers from Tropea by boat to admire a natural paradise.
2 ) Scilla is one of the most special places in the entire region that evokes ancient legends; it stands on a promontory overlooking the sea, amid nature, crystal clear sea and enchanting landscapes.
It is definitely one of the Calabrian villages most frequented by tourists during the summer. Visit the austere and imposing Ruffo Castle, which rises sheer above the sea and whose construction dates back to 493 BC. From the castle you can admire a marvelous panorama that will allow you to catch a glimpse of the Sicilian coastline and the Aeolian Islands. Do not miss a visit among the narrow streets of Chianalea with its picturesque houses built on the rocks; it is also known as the Venice of the South.
3 ) Santa Severina is one of the Borghi Più Belli d’Italia (Italy’s Most Beautiful Villages), a quaint town on a spur that offers spectacular panoramic views. Its imposing Castle, testifies to the various dynasties of rulers over the centuries. Inside is the Museum of Santa Severina.
4 ) Reggio Calabria is undoubtedly among the top 5 destinations to visit, with its National Archaeological Museum housing the Riace Bronzes. Take a relaxing stroll along Reggio Calabria’s waterfront admiring its Art Nouveau buildings, visit the Cathedral and the Aragonese Castle, one of the most important symbols of the city.
5 ) Gerace, one of the pearls of the province of Reggio Calabria, is the perfect destination for those seeking a destination with high historical, cultural and naturalistic value.
Gerace has the Orange Flag of the Touring Club and is also an ideal base for discovering the Aspromonte National Park and spending a few hours at the beach on the white beaches of Locri.
Accessing from the Gate of the Sun we enter the Upper Town of Gerace which constitutes the heart of the historic center, here you can discover The Cathedral of Gerace, one of the most important Romanesque churches in Southern Italy, built on the remains of the church dedicated to Santa Ciriaca, the Aghìa Kyriakì, between 1085 and 1120 and consecrated in 1222 in the presence of Emperor Frederick II.
The cathedral today dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta reflects simplicity.