Contemporary art on Corso Mazzini in Cosenza, statue of the cardinal

The province of Cosenza

Travelers in Northern Calabria

Lovely Calabria, the last piece of the beautiful Italian peninsula, begins with the Pollino mountains, some of which are shared with Basilicata. Pollino is the deep north of the region. The province of Cosenza almost totally coincides with Northern Calabria.
Let’s see how to reach and visit Cosenza, Sila National Park and other top tourist destinations close to Cosenza urban area.

There are several ways to come on holiday to Calabria.
If you come by train or plane, the public and private transport reference point is the city of Lamezia Terme (in the neighbouring province of Catanzaro). Airport and train station hub connect you to the rest of Calabria.
However, according to us, an easier solution to get to Calabria is by car or bus. We want to be clear: it is preferable to use the car if your Calabrian holiday is divided in a long complex itinerary. If you want to discover the most different places throughout the Calabrian territory, it is convenient that you rent a car.
If you stay overnight in a single province, for example if you organize a 3-days tour in the province of Cosenza, first you can travel by plane – reaching Lamezia hub. Then you plan the individual trips and transfers by car.

The tourist who comes on vacation by car, in Calabria, he usually crosses the A2 aka Autostrada del Mediterraneo.
The A2 runs in the middle of the province of Cosenza, often along the Crati river and the Savuto river.
Other important roads join to this big main road, they are essential for reaching the Tyrrhenian coast and the Ionian coast roads (SS 18 and SS 106).
Visit Alto Tirreno Cosentino and also Basso Tirreno Cosentino if you drive along SS 18.
If your road trip in Calabria is planned on the SS 106, well, you should visit Sibaritide and Alto Ionio in the province of Cosenza.

Tourist itineraries in the wide province of Cosenza

The province of Cosenza is very extensive, almost 6700 square kilometers. Two long and beautiful coastlines, on the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Ionian Sea. Each of them is 100 km long, tourists can easily find their favorite beach corner.

We recommend the beautiful Riviera dei Cedri (Cedars Riviera) on the Tyrrhenian Sea, where Diamante, Scalea and Praia a Mare are the top destinations.
Diamante is also famous for its murals and for the Peperoncino Festival, a real cultural event that attracts tourists who love food.

On the Ionian side (you’re in the Gulf of Taranto), starting from the astonishing village of Rocca Imperiale, we point out a wonderful sea in Roseto Capo Spulico, in Amendolara, Trebisacce, Villapiana.

Walks through the mountains, woods and valleys of the Sila National Park

The heart of the Cosenza area, however, is characterized by the passage of the Crati river (the longest in Calabria, 91 km) and by the Sila Mountains and Plateau.
Sila is the forest loved by everyone. Loved by cattle ranchers, farmers, tourists, Sila was sought-after even by the soldiers of the Roman Empire for its wood and pitch.
For tourist guides, considering the vastness of the territory, each tourist itinerary in the province of Cosenza should be planned in at least one week of vacation.

Discovering some beautiful villages in the province of Cosenza

A good guide will take you among the treasures and the Byzantine heritage of Rossano Calabro. You will enter the regal rooms of Corigliano Calabro’s castle. The guides of Core Calabro will introduce you to Albanian culture in characteristic towns such as Civita. Our smart guide will make you discover the hidden jewels of the historic center of Cosenza.

With a trained guide alongside you, you can get to know fascinating villages such as Altomonte, Fiumefreddo Bruzio, Belmonte or Amantea.

Nature lovers in Calabria

An expert guide will lead you safely to the top of Serra Dolcedorme, at an altitude of 2267 meters. You also are able to breathe deeply the cleanest air in Europe, in Giganti della Sila Reserve (laricio pines 40 meters high, 2 meters diameters, awesome!!).

That’s what nature lovers want.

Tourist itineraries in the Province of Cosenza

Diamante, festival del peperoncino

Alto Tirreno, Cedars Riviera and Orsomarso mountains

Castello di Fiumefreddo in Calabria

Basso Tirreno Cosentino

Museo all'aperto a Cosenza, opera di De Chirico

Cosenza and the Crati valley

La sila grande in provincia di cosenza

Sila National Park and neighbourhood

Donne arberesh in costumi tradizionali a Civita

Pollino National Park and the arbëreshë villages

Toro cozzante visibile nel parco archeologico di Sibari

Ionian Coast in the Sibari area

Loggia di Palazzo berardini a Cleto

Savuto valley - Temesa