A trip through Calabria with the new Marco Polo Guide

yescalabria_marcopolo_01An unpublished Calabria, rich in thousands of years of history, good food and authentically beautiful places, “The most interesting and multifaceted region of Southern Italy.”  Describing it in these words is Peter Amman, author of the new tourist guide by Marco Polo, published by EDT publishing house and dedicated to those who want “easy trips” without sacrificing accurate information. Inside there are itineraries and travel experiences, the help of detailed maps, 15 places not to be missed, tips from those living in the area, sights to see, eco-sustainable places and again, trends, events, parties and low budget activities. There is also a road directory and removable map with a handy plastic case.

We browsed exclusively for the readers of Yes Calabria, getting carried along the 800 km of coastline on a virtual journey that starts from the Riviera dei Cedri, on the Tyrrhenian Sea, with its golden, expansive beaches of Diamante and Scalea, to the top of the Pollino massif between the historic center of Altomonte and the magnificent panorama which can be seen from the Sanctuary of Our Lady in the Castello di Castrovillari. Then continuing on, exploring Sila National Park with its “almost Scandinavian” landscapes, the beautiful lakes and woods and out to the sea again, this time the Ionian coast, to the Marine Reserve of Capo Rizzuto where we take advantage of a boat trip in the company of fishermen.

The journey continues south, to the center of Calabria, where we take advantage of a rest stop in the main town of Catanzaro for a tasty foam coffee with a splash of soda and a visit to the Teatro Politeama. We move along the Costa Degli Dei and take a dip in the Caribbean waters of Tropea, Capo Vaticano and Nicotera, then pay a visit to the historic center of Pizzo, with its history, culture and date with a very special guest: His Majesty “the Truffle Chocolate.” Less than 100 km away awaits the charming town of Scilla and village of Chianalea, one of the most beautiful towns in Italy.  Lose yourself in its narrow streets, stopping to taste swordfish dishes based on one of the countless small docks built directly on the water, take in the scent of the sea, watch the sun slowly set behind the Sicilian coast… just some of the ways best enjoy this village sometimes called the “Venice of the south”.

Heading further south, we come to the last destinations in our itinerary which from Reggio Calabria takes us into the heart of the Aspromonte and in the Greek areas. Starting from the Archaeological Museum of Reggio Calabria which recently reopened to the public, they host the Bronzes of Riace and countless exhibits, many of them unknown, enclosed in a four-story structure. From the terrace of the museum it’s possible to embrace the whole city by enjoying a breathtaking view that includes all the Strait of Messina.

The journey continues with the spectacular sight of the Aspromonte massif that delights the eyes of its visitors with towering waterfalls, rivers, abandoned villages and unspoiled places. Among the most beloved places only a few we’ll mention, such as: the villages of Pentedattilo, Roghudi, Bova, Palizzi and Gerace. The landscape becomes more arid and less accessible but the treasures are endless. A trip that you would never want to end and that will give you contrasting emotions.

Because in Calabria we arrive biased, skeptical without much expectation, when when the journey is over it is guaranteed that it will rob a piece of your heart. To quote the words of Edward Lear, in his Diary of a journey on foot, “I felt a great displeasure at having to leave Calabria. Her beauty had exercised a kind of magic ascendancy over me and I felt that it would be eternal. I had the feeling that anything I had seen in the future would not have given me the same pleasant and indelible feelings. Of this I have no doubt. “

For more information on driving Calabria Marco Polo click here qui