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We Like South

12 days tour

We Like South

per person

The long tour is a fantastic chance to approach the wonder of some medieval villages and the important presence of Greek and Roman archaeological heritage. We will visit the highest touristic appeal destinations, such as Tropea, Scilla and Gerace. We would like to propose some days of intense experiential tourism (trekking in Sila and a “Calabrian Day” in Jacurso) and some of the most famous gastronomy “stars” – Must Taste!

To make easier your travel organization – any number of travelers, even 2 – we can suggest you something, talkin’ about good companies, best reviewed in the sector, and they will send you a quote. The same about hotels and hospitality in general (b&b, residences…) and for restaurants and trattorias: we will be able to advise you according to your wishes and your organization needs. Core Calabro aims to customize tourist services, helping you to solve all the travel “problems” – since the accommodation choice, a location perfectly combined with the traveler’s profile.

  • Departure
    It begins with the direct flight to Calabria - airport of Lamezia Terme - or you move by bus via A2, Autostrada del Mediterraneo. You reach the hotel in Amantea (Cs), the starting point of each daily tour.
  • Dress Code
    You should wear sports shoes, you will often walk on cobblestones of the historic centers. If you choose to go hiking in the national parks in spring-summer-autumn, carry a tracksuit and trekking shoes with you in your luggage. If you do it in winter, you can rent - on site - snow boots, poles and snowshoes, to walk better. For those who will not resist the aquatic temptation: it is a must to bring a beach towel (and a change of clothes).
  • Included
    Food Tasting
    Licensed tourist guide
    Radio whispers, receivers appropriate for listening in the museums, in crowded places and for better social distancing, as the WHO recommends
    Umbrellas if necessary (also parasol)
  • Not Included
    Hotel, accomodations
    Lunch, dinner
    Museum tickets
    Parking tickets
    Transfers
1
Flight + Hotel Transfer
Tourists will land at LAMEZIA TERME airport, then transfer by bus to a hotel in AMANTEA. We suggest the Tyrrhenian town for two reasons: first, because there you can find different types of hotel, there’s a competitive situation; many of them have a beachfront location; and then because its position is excellent to reach all our tour destinations.
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CLETO and FIUMEFREDDO BRUZIO

Fiumefreddo, largo Torretta, splendid view on Tyrrhenian Sea

In the morning we will take a walk in Cleto village. It’s funny to begin with an exciting urban trek, between the buildings and alleys clung to the hard rock characterizing the site. The tour ends in the enchanted medieval restored stronghold, the castle of Pietramala Barons. The village is also known for a rich oil production. It is possible to organize a free tasting inside a farmer. Lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, exploration of the historic center of Fiumefreddo Bruzio, candidate for ‘Best Village in Italy' in a national tv format. The itinerary will touch the most important buildings and churches, ending with the castle Della Valle, superb view of the Tyrrhenian Sea. This tour allows you to discover the fanciful and provocative art of Salvatore Fiume, a Sicilian artist whose pictorial and even sculptor traces marked the history of this town. The painting works are a sort of public open air museum – frescos on the walls of the castle and on the cupola’s vault of s. Rocco chapel. Some of his sculptures stand out in the squares.   In both towns actually there are no entrance tickets to be paid.
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Archaeological Museum of SIBARI, castle of CORIGLIANO CALABRO

Corigliano, the huge castle, the green fruitful plain of Sibari, shades of blue Ionian Sea

At around 10 o’clock we will enter in the archaeological museum of Sibari. A glass case protects the Toro Cozzante, a rare bronze exhibited for months at the Egyptian Museum in Turin. We will also visit the excavations that allowed to study the Greek Thurii founded after the annihilation of Sybaris, and the next Copiae of Roman age. Lunch in a restaurant. At around 3 pm, if you wish, you can visit the Licorice Museum close to Rossano Calabro, and the store of the famous Amarelli company, a worldwide recognized successful team. At 4.40 pm we will be at the ducal castle in Corigliano Calabro. During the occupation by Aragonese officers, the works that gave the castle much of its current configuration were started - a quadrangular structure similar to the Maschio Angioino in Naples. In the 1600’s it became a sumptuous noble residence. In the mid-1800’s baron Luigi Compagna called Ignazio Perricci from Monopoli, who built a fantastic hall of mirrors in the throne room, with very beautiful decorations. The ceiling is frescoed with a "trompe-l'oeil" effect, i.e. an open perspective on a starry sky called “The stage of life” that gives a feeling of three-dimensionality.   Sibari museum ticket entrance: 5 euros per person. Ducal castle, entrance ticket: 5 euros per person. We're going to check if there are discounts and free pass.
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SCOLACIUM archaeological park, NIDO di SETA (San Floro)
You will admire the archaeological area of Scolacium park - the Roman Calabria - in Roccelletta di Borgia. The museum, with its magnificent displays (with finds ranging from the end of Prehistoric Age to Magna Graecia and Roman age), is curated by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage. The forum, the theatre and the amphitheatre are still today a privileged place of studies for archaeologists coming from all over the world. The lunch break will take place in a very particular location: the agricultural laboratory of NIDO di SETA cooperative, in the luxuriant SAN FLORO countryside. Here we will learn about the story of some young entrepreneurs who have started the silkworm rearing again, and will show us the rough silk extracting and its processing…   Scolacium ticket entrance: 5 euros per person. We're going to verify if you can pay lower fares. Nido di Seta + lunch: 25 euros per person.
5
PIZZO CALABRO and TROPEA

Pizzo, actors in the Murat shooting scene (ph Giuseppe Greco)

A whole day dedicated to excursions in Pizzo and Tropea (COSTA DEGLI DEI), an evergreen Must See for those who come on holiday in Calabria. Morning stops in Pizzo for guided visits to the small church of Piedigrotta, then the panoramic terrace in piazza della Repubblica (you can try the famous tartufo, a pastry specialty) and Murat castle (Napoleon's brother-in-law was imprisoned and shot there). Lunch in a local restaurant. The delicacies of the place are tuna and red onion: we recommend a menu to taste both, there are many flavorful interpretations. In the afternoon, strolling around the lovely historic center of Tropea, here the sublime maritime scenery will be even better appreciated. It is nowadays – incomparable – the most chosen Calabrian resort destination in the summer.   Entrance fees: 4.5 euros per person for Piedigrotta church + castle of Pizzo. We're going to verify if there are lower fares for groups.
6
ALTOMONTE and COSENZA

Where the Busento river meets the Crati river in Cosenza, you see the dome of san Domenico's church

A special day for Art addicted, in Altomonte. In the morning, a brief visit to the church of santa Maria della Consolazione; then a suggestive itinerary nearby in the civic museum hosting documents of great value: from the paintings of Tuscan masters of the '300 up to the works belonging to the school of Antonello da Messina, as well as a rich collection of sculptures, furnishings and sacred vestments, reliquaries, canvasses, slabs of alabaster, books of fine workmanship. Lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon we will visit Cosenza, home of excellent thinkers, as well as a center full of historical, artistic and architectural highlights. In the "old city" we will visit the rich collection of paintings in the Arnone palace, which also houses paintings of the great Mattia Preti. At 17 o’clock we will visit the cathedral that houses the splendid icon of Madonna del Pilerio; the diocesan museum is the flawless exhibition of the rare stauroteca of the XIII century; artisan workshops are on Corso Telesio.   Entrance to Altomonte Museum: 3 euros per person. Cosenza diocesan museum: free donation. Arnone palace: free entry.
7
AMANTEA and BELMONTE CALABRO

Amantea, the nice tiny church of Francesco d'Assisi (ph Roberto Lascala)

In Amantea, our hotel destination, we reserve a full morning to learn more about its roots, its traditions and the most significant monumental places. We will visit: church-convent of saint Bernardino from Siena; the cathedral; church of the Jesuits’ College; the little church of St. Francis from Assisi; the former Clarisse’s convent, with the 11th century arab funerary stele inside, the only evidence of Islamic culture; Chianura area, cradle of the maritime tradition; Catocastro neighborhood and the immense cave (villa comunale), marked by spectacular natural scenic design. Lunch based on local specialties (anchovies). In the afternoon we will hike in the small village bordering Amantea – Belmonte Calabro, an industrious town that is characterized by some uniqueness, such as to be the home of a "diffuse hotel" (which will be visited). We will tour around Belmonte’s alleys (the castle ruins area today is the Civic Library, the Collegiata dell'Assunta or the mother church, Palazzo Pignatelli, Palazzo della Torre...) and we will end the evening with an educational workshop that will let us discover the local high specialization in the processing of figs.   No entrance tickets to be paid.
8
SCILLA and REGGIO CALABRIA

Tempting view of Chianalea di Scilla (ph Gian Marco Napoli)

An hour and a half traveling by bus to discover the legendary Scilla. Chianalea is its picturesque seaside location. We will also visit the castle, belonged to Ruffo family. Lunch in Scilla, where in some places they cook an excellent swordfish (there is also a fast solution with a sandwich stuffed with tomato or vegetables, potatoes and grilled swordfish...). At about 14.30 departure for Reggio Calabria. After the visit to the Bronzi di Riace and the various floors of the archaeological museum (with in-depth information about the sanctuaries of Magna Graecia and some votive objects with considerable value), a brief stop on the marvelous Reggio's waterfront for souvenir photos enjoying the Strait of Messina. Scilla castle entrance: 2 euros per person. Reggio museum: full ticket 8 euros (5 euros from 18 to 25 years old, free pass for UE citizens under 18). You get a special discount all Wednesdays: full ticket 6 euros, 4 euros the reduced one.
9
SPECIAL trekking, walking around SILA national park
It is the turn of the green lung of Calabria, which is considered by some researchers as the place with the cleanest air in Europe. It is the primeval forest, which covered the Calabrian land since the beginning. The Sila Plateau, with Monte Botte Donato the highest peak 1928 meters high, has horizontal lines, soft hilly ridges, airy valleys. Someone called it the "Calabrian Alps". Among the Italian mountains it is certainly one of those with the oldest formation, millennia older than part of the Apennines. It formed an island in the midst of prehistoric seas when the Apennines had not formed yet. The name comes from the Greek "hyle" and from the Latin "silva", both indicating the forest... The tree symbol of Sila, in general is the pino laricio; but you find extensive woods of beeches, maples, chestnuts and oaks. In Sila Grande, in the zone of Fallistro and Gallopane, we have pini larici 40 meters high and with a diameter of 2 meters!! It will be a pleasure to meet and... embrace them. Meeting with the guide at the Cupone Visitor Center, Camigliatello Silano (Cs). Natural reserve entrance: 3 euros kids 4/14 years old; full ticket 5 euros.
10
CAPO COLONNA and SANTA SEVERINA

The lonely column of Capo Colonna, the last survivor of Hera Lacinia's temple

In the morning visit of the archaeological park in Capo Colonna (Crotone), which preserves the wonderful column of Hera Lacinia temple, from Magna Graecia, standing out on the promontory. It’s known for a very beautiful story: it was part of a doric style temple, rectangular layout of 24 x 59 meters, dating back to the 5th century BC, with six columns on the short side facing the sea. Guided tour also in the adjacent museum, a very interesting place. Packed lunch or in restaurant along Santa Severina road. In the afternoon visit to the enchanting village of Santa Severina, erected on a rock, highly sought-after by tourists. We will visit: the castle, the cathedral of Saint Anastasia and the baptistery considered one of the most significant byzantine monuments.   Capo Colonna entrance: currently free. Santa Severina's castle: 4 euros per person. We're going to check if you can pay less, special offer or discount.
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The enchanting village of GERACE and the MUSABA park in Mammola

La Donna Fontana, in the MuSaBa park

Very special day. Morning in Gerace, the elegant village "with hundred churches". You will appreciate: the magnificent cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, 11th century, with the diocesan museum of sacred art hosting the sensational Jan Leyniers’ tapestry; the church of st. Francis from Assisi (13th century); the small church of San Giovannello belonging to the 10th century (san Giovanni Crisostomo, the oldest church); piazza delle Tre Chiese; the gate of the sun (XV century); the beautiful terrace overlooking Locride; the ruins of the Norman castle; we will end the morning, between ancient fountains, alleys, small squares, palaces and gardens, with a free tasting of bergamot. Lunch in a local restaurant or packed lunch. In the early afternoon, on the way back, an immersion in the heavenly and playful art of Nik Spatari, founder of the MuSaBa park, in Mammola. The visionary artist has created an amazing journey inside contemporary art on the remains of an old monastery; colorful sculptures, architecture and visual works, including the so-called "Sistine Chapel" of Calabria.   Entrance to the diocesan museum and cathedral: 2 euros per person. MuSaBa: 15 euros per person.
12
CALABRESITY DAY in JACURSO, lunch and FLIGHT back home

The unmissable summer rite of the tomato sauce, preserved in the bottles

In the morning, breakfast at the hotel. We would like to say goodbye with a special day. We “married” the idea of ​​a group of boys and girls from Jacurso, a small town of almost 700 inhabitants in the isthmus of Catanzaro - the narrowest part of Calabria where, from some hills, with clear skies, it is possible to contemplate at the same time the Tyrrhenian and the Ionian sea. Experiential tourism, here, in this tiny village, will have surprising “implication”. A joyful experimentation will bring us in contact with centuries-old gastronomic traditions, perpetuated by patient funny grandmas with tenacity and simplicity. From tomato preserves (to do sublime sauces in the next future), cracked olives, various cherry and strawberry jams up to the elaborate cuisine of pork and beef. We will spend hours rediscovering farming know-how, ending with a hearty lunch, a cheerful table in the home of a local family. In the afternoon flight from Lamezia Terme airport, reachable in an hour by bus from Jacurso.