In the imposing shadows of Rome, Naples, and the picturesque villages of the Amalfi Coast, the Southern Italian region of Calabria has for centuries managed to escape the notice of tourists. Here at the toe of the Italian boot, the mountains are rugged, the history is both ancient and present, and the sparkling azure coastline is some of the most beautiful in the country. It's a place full of tradition, simple pleasures, and a life of ease and beauty you can experience with our Calabria vacation rentals.
Tucked away down south at the tip of Italy's boot, the Calabrian peninsula sits between the stunning turquoise waters of the Ionian Sea to the east and the Tyrrhenian Sea to the west. The region is located just across the Strait of Messina from the island of Sicily, and its capital, Catanzaro, sits 250 miles south of bustling central Naples.
Lovers of art, culture, and history will be fascinated by Calabria's past, as the Greeks, Romans, and Byzantines have all passed through in ancient times. This rich history is on display at the Museo Nazionale della Magna Grecia in Reggio Calabria, where visitors can view the world-famous Riace Bronzes, often called the Riace Warriors, as well as other rare artifacts from Ancient Greece.
Though it has not always been the case, there is a big emphasis today on restoring knowledge of the traditions and culture of the past. Thanks to its warm Mediterranean climate and craggy mountain terrain, Calabria is a place to slow down and absorb the rich life around you.
The greatest draw to this modest, authentic region is its 500 miles of coastline, with beaches and coves that are ripe for swimming, sunbathing, scuba diving, and windsurfing. Take a dip in the breathtakingly blue waters at Capo Vaticano, gaze in wonder at the buildings built into the cliffs in Tropea, or dine on the freshest of seafood in the picturesque village of Scilla at the mouth of the Strait of Messina.
In the region's interior and northern expanses, you'll find a series of scenic national parks that offer a bit of solitude. Choose Sila National Park for treks through immense woodlands sprinkled with mushrooms and berries, visit Aspromonte National Park to marvel at granite mountain peaks, or climb to the summits of Dolcedorme and Cozzo del Pellegrino in Pollino National Park.
Take a detour off the tourist trail and enjoy a dose of the sweet life in Italy - book a stay in one of our Calabria vacation rentals today!
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