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Calabria – Territory

Calabria is a very picturesque region between past and present, between nature and folk traditions. The climate is excellent all year round.
Several protected areas like the Parks of Aspromonte, Sila and Pollino, and many golden beaches like the very famous at Capo Vaticano, boast a pristine nature that blends harmoniously with ancient roots of Magna Graecia.
As an example, Capo Rizzuto Marine Protected Area, the largest in Italy, displays many archaeological finds next to flora and fauna. Riace Bronzes are the most famous, housed in the Reggio Calabria National Museum.

The Coasts offer the chance to perform many sea activities. You can dive with dolphins and sea turtles in the WWF Blue Oasi of Isca rocks, or in Amantea and Belmonte, or discover Costa degli Dei mysterious caves. Fishing is possibile in both coasts.
For those into sports: windsurfing, kite surfing or canoeing or rafting in Lao river or in Sila gorges, or along many rivers in the Pollino National Park.
Calabria offers many interesting caves like the Sant’Angelo Caves , the Nun’s cave and the Abyss of Bifurto, one of the forty deepest in the world, perfect for speleology addicted.
Several routes for trekking are available along the Costa Viola, starting at Maesano Falls, with a beautiful view over Aeolian Islands.

Other interesting cities: Locri is an ancient Magna Greece city, founded in the VII century BC. Tropea, it used to be Porto Ercole as the legend says it was founded by Hercules himself. It has a very charming historic center, overlooking the sea. Its beaches are ranked by the Sunday Times magazine among the top 20 in Europe.

Very interesting is also the Savuto Valley. Savuto is a river flowing at 1,260 meters high. After covering 48 kilometers and traveled through 16 municipalities, the Savuto flows into the Tyrrhenian Sea in the Gulf of Lamezia Terme (Gulf of Sat’Eufemia).
Along the route of the river it is possible to see the remains of some Roman stone bridges.
The most famous is the Hannibal Bridge built by the Romans between 131 and 121 BC. It is said that the Romans then destroyed it to prevent the escape of Hannibal in 203 BC, but that Hannibal rebuilt it to pass its troops.
The road running alongside the Savuto river was in fact the ancient Via Popilia connecting the old Capua to Reggio Calabria.That’s why in the valley there are important evidences of the past history.
For example in the Town Hall of Crapanzano, there is a mantle given by Charles V in 1535 to thank residents for the hospitality reserved to him. Charles V also left in Crapanzano some soldiers who stopped to live there.
Among the beauties of the landscape, the presence of many chestnut trees: chestnuts are a typical ingredient of the dishes of the valley.

NATIONAL PARKS IN CALABRIA:
Aspromonte National Park
Sila National Park
Pollino National Park

REGIONAL PARKS IN CALABRIA:
Costa Viola Regional Park
Serre Regional Park

NATURE RESERVES IN CALABRIA:
In the Province of Catanzaro:
Coturelle Piccione Nature Reserve
Gariglione – Pisarello Nature Reserve
Poverella Villaggio Mancuso Nature Reserve

In the Province of Cosenza:
Gallopane Nature Reserve
Gole del Raganello Nature Reserve
Golia Corvo Nature Reserve
I Giganti della Sila Nature Reserve
Iona Serra della Guardia Nature Reserve
Macchia della Giumenta – S. Salvatore Nature Reserve
Serra Nicolino Piano d’Albero Nature Reserve
Tasso Camigliatello Silano Nature Reserve
Trenta Coste Nature Reserve
Argentino River Valley Nature Reserve
River Lao Valley Nature Reserve

In the Province of Vibo Valentia:
Cropani – Micone Nature Reserve
Marchesale Nature Reserve

MARINE PROTECTED AREAS IN CALABRIA:
Capo Rizzuto

UNESCO BIOSPHERE RESERVES IN CALABRIA:
Sila National Park

UNESCO GLOBAL GEOPARKS IN CALABRIA:
Pollino National Park

WWF NATURE RESERVES IN CALABRIA:
In the Province of Vibo Valentia:
Lake Angitola

BLUE FLAGS IN CALABRIA:
In the Province of Cosenza:
Praia a mare – Camping Internazionale/ Punta Fiuzzi
Trebisacce – Lungomare sud [Riviera dei Saraceni, Viale Magna Grecia, Riviera delle Palme]

In the Province of Crotone:
Cirò Marina – Cervana / Madonna di mare, Punta Alice
Melissa – Litorale Torre Melissa

In the Province of Reggio Calabria:
Roccella Jonica – lido

ORANGE FLAGS IN CALABRIA:
In the Province of Cosenza:
Civita
Morano Calabro

In the Province of Reggio Calabria:
Bova
Gerace

 

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