Ski Club of Saracena: Interview with Fabio Alfano

We met Fabio Alfano, President of the Ski Club Saracena “Leone Viola,” an association that for years has been promoting in the scenic mountains of Saracena (Cosenza) in the heart of the Pollino National Park, the practice of cross-country skiing and other hiking activities, valorizing the territory for its touristic purposes. President, let’s start with […]

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A unique place of wonder: the Sanctuary of the Madonna of Polsi

In the heart of the Aspromonte, climbing up towards Montalto, then heading down towards the valley, stands the Sanctuary of the Madonna of Polsi, one of the most mystical places in the South. Surrounding the sanctuary are several stories and legends. One of these legends holds that in the 11th century, a herdsman, looking for […]

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Hiking excursions to Mount Montea

Montea, or Mount Montea, one of the southernmost peaks of the Pollino mountain range, and more specifically known in the area as “dell’Orsomarso,” consists of the crossing over point of Campotenese to the north, which distinguishes it from the “the Central massif” where we find the highest peaks, and then down from the large drop, […]

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Calabria and its national parks

Calabria presents us with an environmental richness and sizeable landscape. The percentage of protected area exceeds 13% of the regional area. The area covered by National Parks compared to the total area is 15.6%, representing third of the regions in Italy, after Abruzzo and Basilicata, for the expansion of natural parks. There are three National […]

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In San Basile, on the trail of Basilian Eremitic Monasticism

In San Basile (Shën Vasili, in arbëreshë), a small Albania speaking village of a thousand souls in the province of Cosenza, we find one of the three monasteries of greek-Byzantine rite still existing in Italy today. The Monastery of Santa Maria Odigitria, built on the ancient ruins of the Monastery of San Basilio Craterese, whose […]

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Pietra Cappa, the largest monolith in Europe

Fascinating, impressive and mysterious, almost paralyzing.  This is how it appears to visitors of Pietra Cappa, the highest monolith in Europe overlooking the village of upper Natile, occupying about 4 hectares of land at a towering height of over 100 meters. Located on the eastern side of the Aspromonte Park, in the Valley of the […]

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Bovesìa, where they still speak Greek in Calabria

Calabria, a crossroads of Mediterranean cultures. A land where the blending of stories and artistic and idiomatic experiences is a reality, an accessible reality, even today, despite the uniforming effects of mass culture. They fit into this framework, the “peculiarities” of the Hellenic greek area on southern slopes of the Jonico Aspromonte.  Also known as […]

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