Within the Park Aspromonte, the Dolomites of the South, important relationships regarding Calabria are revealed, not only from the point of view of landscape but from distinctive and unique characteristics of our region. From the top of Mount Murolo it is possible to observe the Ionian coast. This aspect is symbolic because it creates a concrete link between the sea and mountains that characterizes our region. Another important aspect is determined by the presence of a village, Canolo, between the rivers and Comito and Pachina.
As they say, some aspects representative of Calabria are contained within the eastern slopes of the Aspromonte: the tenacity of some inhabitants of Canolo in wanting to remain on their land despite being geologically adverse. More than sixty years ago a flood led to a decision to move the village to a safer place out of necessity, to the plains of Melia.
Since then Canolo Nuova (new Canolo) is the most populated of the various villages, which consist of just under a thousand inhabitants. On the purely naturalistic, however, the underlying canyons below the southern Dolomites are reminiscent of those immense ones found in Yosemite National Park in the United States, miniaturized and harmonized by nature. The same ones that offer a view over the Ionian coast of Calabria and the largest towns in the province of Reggio Calabria that surround it: Siderno and Gioiosa Jonica
The name Dolomites of the South was given to this range because of its similarity to the much higher peaks of 3,000 meters and higher, between Veneto and Trentino Alto Adige. To truly know these areas is a continuous discovery, a chance to understand that you can find yourself in a place that is not removed from anthropization; not far from the highest peaks are quarries from which rock is extracted for manufacturing cement. The cliffs of the Dolomites of the South are a destination for free climbers, but for more leisure hikers, in a setting that seems a fairy tale, there are groves just below.
Among the visitors of this area, it is important to take note of the relevant words of Edward Lear, the English writer who illustrated with his drawings and descriptions with particular expertise in the southern Dolomites in the Journals of a landscape painter in Southern Calabria in the second half of the 19th century.