Calabria is a long, narrow region with more than 500 miles of coastline bordering the Ionian and Tyrrhenian Seas. The region is known for its pristine beaches and rocky cliffs above the sea. Inland are four mountain ranges with national parks and some of Italy’s highest peaks. Much of this area was settled by the ancient Greeks.
Calabria has a small airport at Lamezia Terme and ferries go back and forth to Sicily from the south. Trains serve the major cities but the region is best explored by car.
* Tropea is a quaint village on the west coast with historical sites, restaurants, and shops. Its beaches get top ratings for being among the cleanest in Italy. This stretch of coast is called the Coast of the Gods. Read more: Mediterranean Coast Itinerary
* The cliffs above Scilla are famous as the home of the six-headed monster in The Odyssey. Today there’s a castle on the cliffs and the beach below is beautiful and clean.
* On the east coast is a beautiful stretch of coast called the Riviera of the Angels.
* Gerace is a town with a well-preserved medieval center with many churches, built on a rocky hill. Its 11th century cathedral is the largest religious building in Calabria. Nearby is the interesting archaeological site of Locri.
* Pollino National Park, partly in neighboring Basilicata, has many caves and striking rock formations. Within the park are villages that were settled by Albanians in the 15th – 16th centuries that still keep their Albanian traditions.
* Aspromonte National Park, at the southern tip, extends from the sea up sharp granite cliffs to 6500 foot tall mountains where you can ski and visit the sea in the same day.
Recommended Guide e-Book: 52 Things to See and Do in Calabria by Michelle Fabio, an American who lives in Calabria.
Calabria is one of the least expensive regions of Italy although along the coast in August, prices can be high.
Because prices often fluctuate depending on the season, exchange rate and other factors, we don’t quote exact prices that could quickly become wrong. So to give you a rough idea for budgetary planning purposes we have indicated general price ranges for points of interest.
Price ranges are quoted in €.
See & Do
N/A => Not applicable
€ => Tickets less than €15 per person
€€ => Tickets €15 – €30 per person
€€€ => Tickets €30 or higher per person
Sleep — Out of town/rural
€ => Rooms less than €60 for a double
€€ => Rooms €60 – €100 for a double
€€€ => Rooms €100 and up for a double
Sleep — Large Cities
€ => Rooms less than €100 for a double
€€ => Rooms €100 – €150 for a double
€€€ => Rooms €150 and up for a double
€=> €5- €10 per person for a meal (without alcohol, tax, tip)
€€ => €10 – €25 per person for a meal (without alcohol, tax, tip)
€€€ => €25 per person or more for a meal (without alcohol, tax, tip)
€ => Tickets less than €25 per person
€€ => Tickets €25 – €50 per person
€€€ => Tickets €50 or more per person
The best way to get cash is usually by using a cash machine. Many small restaurants, shops, and even places to stay may not accept credit cards so it’s always a good idea to have cash, especially if you’re traveling outside the main tourist destinations. Be sure to alert your banks before you leave that you’ll be using your debit and credit cards in Italy.
Trains run along the coast and to major cities. Because much of the interior region is fairly remote and not well served by public transportation, booking a rental car is the best way to go.
Calabria’s Lamezia Terme airport serves flights within Italy and Europe. The rail line runs along the west coast.