This tour will focus on the naturalistic aspects of Calabria, characterized from a geomorphological point of view, by being a "mountain in the middle of the sea" ... indeed, mountains in the middle of the seas! Because in truth the three great mountain massifs that characterize Calabria have different origins and compositions, just as the two seas are profoundly different from each other.
The geomorphological peculiarities determine the Calabrian crops and cultures, creating a multiform and multifaceted region from every point of view: the barren and rocky mountain territory of the Pollino becomes a forest in Sila, the rocky coasts of the Tyrrhenian become expanses of sand on the Ionian, the typical crops of cold mountain areas alternate with the botanical gardens of the valleys. A wealth of resources that changes in every corner, which is reflected in the food and wine productions that alternate the poor dishes of the mountain tradition with the sumptuousness of the great fish cuisine in the sea areas. And when the mountain and the sea meet, they give rise to specialties that are unique in the world, such as “Sardella,” sea fish preserved in the mountains!
The cultures, the rites, the traditions…sometimes remained unchanged over the centuries, as in the closed and inaccessible territories of the Pollino area, where apotropaic and arbreshe rites still resist. (Assandria del Carretto) Also, traditions of unique wine production methods (passito muscat of Saracena); sometimes open to the world, welcoming, with that welcome that the center of the Mediterranean, cradle and path of all great civilizations, can give…….It's time to start the journey between two seas and three peaks: open your eyes to wonder.
|All meals throughout the tour as per itinerary|
|Wine at each meal|
|Guided Tours of Calabria's Charming Towns|
|Excursions to producers of Organic Wines, Cheeses, and Salumi|
|Group Airport Transfers|
Welcome to Calabria
STAGE 1 - We will meet at Lamezia Terme International Airport or train station.
Transfer to accommodation and time to settle in
STAGE 2 - Welcome Dinner and overnight stay
The Northern Tyrrhenian Sea, Rocky coasts from “San Nicola Arcella” to “Verbicaro
STAGE 1 - Transfer to Santa Maria del Cedro to visit The Cedar Museum
STAGE 2 - Transfer from Santa Maria del Cedro to Diamante.
Visit the historic center and shopping district. Famous throughout Italy for the best Calabrian Chili Peppers
STAGE 3 -
Wine tasting in Verbicaro.
The Pollino mountains and it’s ethnic minorities
STAGE 1 - (For Cycling)
Cycling from Pollino to Civita: “iL Pino Loricato"
STAGE 1.1 - (Rest of group)
The tales of the territory in Alessandria del Carretto, The Pita and the masks.
STAGE 2 - Lunch in Civita
STAGE 3 - Saracena and Moscato Passito to visit one of the oldest wines in the world.
STAGE 4 - Transfer to Morano Calabro & Castrovillari to visit the historical district, castle, and Ferrocinto Company.
The Esaro Valley: San Marco Argentano & Alto Monte Visit the historical center of San Marco Argentano and Norman monuments
STAGE 1 - Visit the Abbey of Matina and enjoy a wine tasting
STAGE 2 - Departure to Altomonte, intermediate stop in Roggiano to visit archaeological excavations of the Villa di Larderia. Tasting of Oils and typical local products (Roggianese peppers, fig-based products)
STAGE 3 - Visit to the historical center of Altomonte, the cradle of the renaissance
STAGE 4 - Dinner at “Barbieri” Ristorante
STAGE 5 - Return to accommodation
Towards the Ionian Sea from Pollino
STAGE 1 - Departure for Corigliano and visit the castle.
STAGE 2 - Departure to Rossano to visit Italy’s oldest licorice museum. Visit to the Basilica. And Codex Purpureus (The oldest surviving manuscript of the first testament 6th Century.
STAGE 3 - Arrival to Caloppezzati to visit Filet Bossio to visit the textile museum/producer (Our producer of textiles for the store) Bossio has also done work for Fendi
STAGE 4 - Return to Accommodation
Travel to the Sea of the South. Pass through Crati Valley and Sila
STAGE 1 - Visit and lunch with tastings at the Serracavallo Agricultural Company with focus on artisans of ceramics and violet making.
STAGE 2 - Departure to San Giovanni in Fiore. visit to the village and to the Gioachimiti Study Center.
STAGE 3 - Departure for Crotone
Departure for Ciró “land of wine”. visit to the Librandi or Ceraudo company, visit field, harvest experience and wine tastings
STAGE 1 - Travel to Ciro' Superiore. visit to the historical center and the museum. focus on the city of the calendar. visit to regional wine shop with tasting of……… more wines.
STAGE 2 - Lunch in Ciro' Marina at a wine shop specialized in typical dishes
STAGE 3 - Departure for Crotone, visit to the city, shopping
STAGE 4 - Return to accommodation
The Trail of Great Greece (Magna Grecia)
STAGE 1 - Lunch in Bivongi
STAGE 2 - Visit to the famous Cathedral
STAGE 3 - Return to accommodation
“Enotrica” The land of wine - Breakfast
STAGE 1 - Departure for “Bianco”. visit to the "Greco di Bianco" production company
STAGE 2 - Typical lunch at the cooking school "A Chef for Elena and Pietro"
STAGE 3 - Ferruzzano: arrival at the Palments. visit the historical Palments and story about the ancient production of wine.
“Enotrica” The land of wine - Breakfast