Wonders of Calabria

Calabria contains startling natural beauty and spectacular towns that seem to grow out of the craggy mountaintops. It has three national parks: the Pollino in the north, the Sila in the centre and the Aspromonte in the south. It's around 90% hills, but skirted by some 780km of Italy's finest coast (ignore the bits devoured by unappealing holiday camps). Bergamot grows here, and it's the only place in the world where the plants are of sufficient quality to produce the essential oil used in many perfumes and to flavour Earl Grey tea

DEPARTURES

April 12| May 10, 24 | June 7, 21 | July 5 | August 2 , 30 /September 13,27 | October 11, 25

HOTELS OR SIMILAR
ZONA DE TROPEA: HOTEL TROPIS ****
REGGIO CALABRIA: HOTEL ALTAFIUMARA ****
CATANZARO: HOTEL PALACE ****
COSENZA: HOTEL ITALIANA HOTELS ****

PRICING DETAILS

4* Category
DOUBLE
CAD$1795 pp
SINGLE SUPPL.
CAD$304
3° PAX IN TRIPLE
CAD$1770

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Calabria

ITINERARY

Day 1 / Wednesday: Lamezia Terme - Tropea Area
Arrival at the airport of Lamezia Terme. Transfer to Tropea Hotel on your own.
Dinner and overnight.

Day 2 / Thursday: Tropea - Pizzo - Tropea
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Pizzo. Guided tour of the castle where Murat was killed .
Also visit the Church of Piedigrotta located on the sea and built in the tufa. Free time for lunch. In the afternoon return to Tropea, the former "Tropis" Roman city. Visit the Romanesque Cathedral (XII century), which preserves the sacred image of Our Lady of Rumania, XII century Byzantine icon.Guided tour of the historical center with its panoramic balconies and typical boulevards. Visit the Church of Santa Maria dell'Isola and the sea area of the city.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 3 / Friday: Tropea - Serra San Bruño - Soriano Calabro – Reggio Calabria
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to the Serra San Bruno. Stop to visit 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 the Certosa of San Bruno and its Churches. Free time for lunch based on mushrooms and some typical products of the area. In the afternoon we will visit of Soriano Calabro, famous for its wicker handicraft laboratories and typical candy. Continue to Reggio Calabria.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 4 / Saturday: Reggio Calabria - Scilla - Reggio Calabria
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure through the fascinating landscapes of the "Costa Viola" to Scilla. Arrival and visit to the Chianalea, a former fishing village. Visit the Ruffo Castle and the Church of San Rocco. Free time for lunch at a restaurant in Monte S. Elia (590 meters above sea level). In the afternoon return to Reggio Calabria. We will visit the city, former capital of the region, along with the National Museum of Magna Grecia, where we will admire the famous "Riace Bronzes." After enjoying the breathtaking landscape by Gabriele D'Annunzio defined as "the most beautiful kilometer in Italy", visit to the Roman Baths, the Greek Fortifications and the Cathedral. Arrival at the hotel.
Dinner and overnight

Day 5 / Sunday: Reggio Calabria – Gerace – Stilo - Catanzaro
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Gerace: city tour of the medieval village which will allow us to admire some of the older churches and the famous Romanesque cathedral, the largest in Southern Italy. Free time for lunch. Crossing the "Costa del Jazmin" we will reach Stilo, the home of the famous philosopher Tommaso Campanella. Visit the famous "Cattolica" late Byzantine art monument, unique in Western Europe. Continue to Catanzaro Area.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 6 / Monday: Catanzaro Lido - Le Castelle (Isola di Capo Rizzuto) – Crotone - Cosenza
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to the town of "Le Castella" where can visit the famous castle Aragones, which has been the scene of many movies thanks to its position on the sea and its charm. Continue to Croton, one of the most important cities of the ancient Magna Grecia, which was founded by the Achaeans led by Miscelos, citizen of Ripas, following the instructions of the oracle of Delphi. Free time for lunch. Exit through the Sila Mountains towards Cosenza. We can admire the unspoilt nature landscapes.
Dinner and overnight in Cosenza.

Day 7 / Tuesday: Cosenza - Paola - Cosenza
Breakfast at the hotel. Sightseeing tour of the city of Cosenza. In the Fountain of the thirteen channels you can drink water from the aqueduct of Zumpo in the Sila Mountains . Throughout the course Telesio there is the House of Culture and the Duomo of 1100 a.C., while in one of the seven hills you can admire the figure of the Castello Svevo , imposing fortress which was the ancient blazon of king of Sicily and Holy Roman Emperor Germanic Frederick II, called " Stupor Mundi ". Departure to Paola . Free time for lunch en route . Afternoon visit of the town of Paola , known for her strategic position on the Tyrrhenian Sea and for being the city of San Francisco de Paula. The main attraction is the Shrine of St. Francis of Paula, located in the upper part of the city, in a valley bordered by a river and its lush vegetation. It is a pilgrimage destination for all of southern Italy, especially in the region , laid San Francisco is patron. Return to Cosenza. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 8 / Wednesday: Cosenza - Lamezia Terme
Breakfast at the hotel. End of our services.