1. BEACHES

It is home to some of the most spectacular beaches in the world. Spots such as Tropea and Capo Vaticano often feature in top lists, and there are also other hidden gems waiting for you to discover.

Paradiso Del sub beach and beautiful water, calabria, italy

2. NO QUEUES

Virtually undiscovered by foreign tourism, the South has all of the history and beauty of Northern Italy, yet without any queues! Escape the hordes of tourists and enjoy spectacular churches and castles to yourself, rather than sweating under parasols outside Florence’s cathedral.

3. FOOD

Of course still revolving around Italy’s staples such as pasta and pizza, the food of the south contains different flavours and ingredients. Taste new dishes with chillies or Tropea’s red onions, or sample the famous ice cream ‘tartufo’ of Pizzo, with a molten chocolate centre.

4. WEATHER

It’s easy to see why Calabria is often described as the ‘Caribbean of Europe’, with beautiful sunshine and soaring temperatures for many months of the year. Enjoy turquoise waters and white sand without the long haul flight!

5. RELAX

Southern Italy is famous for its slower pace. Families enjoy long lunches together in the sunshine, towns shut down for workers to go home over lunch, and a typical Sunday involves lots of food, family and wine.

6. AUTHENTICITY

You’ll find that the south of Italy is less developed than northern regions and is less built up. The turbulent past of the south has allowed it to remain virtually untouched and undeveloped for tourism and industry. Instead you will find quaint towns and wide areas of undiscovered hills.
Badolato's tiny streets

7. VALUE

Venture south of Rome and you will see that the further you go, the cheaper prices tend to be. Explore stunning destinations and sample unique accommodation and authentic food without the hefty price tag of the north.

8. FRIENDLIER

Travelling to the south may feel more of an adventure into the wild, yet it is commonly said that southern Italians are more friendly than their northern counterparts. Escape from the hustle and bustle of the tourist traps, where it is common for locals to strike up a conversation with you just out of intrigue.

9. ANCIENT HISTORY

With historical roots in Ancient Greece and the Byzantine era, as well as a Norman conquest, the region is rich with archaeological sites. Visit tiny churches, imposing castles and ancient ruins- all possible without another tourist in sight! 
byzantine church stilo calabria southern italy history

10. NO NEED FOR WORDS…

Just watch this video for highlights of some of the beautiful destinations the south has to offer. Explore more of our website to discover more.
  1. Ciao !
    We’re looking for a vineyard / winery near Tropea. Can you please help?
    Grazie.
    Paul

    1. Ciao Paul! Yes definitely, we can arrange a trip for you to a beautiful family-run winery just above Tropea. It would be great if you could please send us a message to info@explore-calabria.com with some information about your group and when you’ll be in Tropea. We look forward to hearing from you soon.
      Grazie e buon viaggio!

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