Discover Calabria

LIVE LIKE LOCALS in Calabria, Southern Italy Discovering small towns such Altomonte, Morano Calabro, Civita "One of the Most beautiful villages in Italy", tasting the organic, fresh and healthy food. Learning the secrets of homemade pasta making, dancing traditional "tarantella", singing "Volare by Domenico Modugno", tasting some of the older wines in the world, snorkeling around and inside "Dino’s Island" Blue Grotto and getting the chance to live like a local and more in "Discover Calabria" by Vita Calabra Tours.
 "Calabria, is the new destination for travelers who want to enjoy the true essence and the authentic southern Italian life style. Far from the bigger mass tourism experiences. The New York Times includes Calabria in its "58 Best Places to GO in 2017’ and celebrity chef Lidia Bastianich, affirms that Calabria is the top food destination for 2018.
 What makes Calabria the new destination for travelers is the high quality of organic foods, the uncontaminated beauty of its towns, coasts and mountains, the warm hospitality of the people which are always available and more than happy to include travelers in their daily lives."

Period

MARCH TO NOVEMBER

Duration

7 DAYS

Price

€ 2.400,00
Details

WHAT IS INCLUDED

  • Fully guided tour by Danilo Verta,
  • Privately chartered Van/bus from Lamezia Terme International Airport to Altomonte
  • Return private chartered Van/bus transfer from Tropea, to Lamezia Terme International Airport
  • 4 nights accommodation in a castle! Il Castello di Serragiumenta, Altomonte
  • 2 nights newly renovated accommodation Villa Adua in Tropea “the pearl of Calabria” on the Coast of the Gods
  • Full buffet breakfast daily
  • Lunches, dinners, with wine and beverages in authentic restaurants favored by locals
  • Private air conditioned chartered coach daily
  • All cooking classes and demonstrations, wine degustations
  • All entrance fees
  • All guided tours, visits, entertainment and unique life changing experiences... and so much more!

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED

  • International and domestica airfares
  • Personal train tickets, bus tickets not included in the program
  • Taxis
  • Personal expenses: laundry, telephone calls, optional activities, extra food/meals or beverage not included in the itinerary 
  • International and domestic airfares
  • Room Service
  • Travel Insurance
  • Insurance of personal loss
  • Illness or damage incurrent during your trip
  • Gratuities


Day 1

Welcome in Calabria

Arrive at Lamezia Terme Airport and be greeted by Danilo for private group transfer to our accommodations.Your adventure in Calabria will start from the country chich Castello di Serragiumenta, located in Altomonte. After a welcome reception and a nice glass of Prosecco, you will have time to relax, unpack and have a gourmet welcome dinner from Chef Pasquale by La Voliera Restaurant

Day 2

Altomonte

After our gourmet breakfast we will reach the beautiful Altomonte, there we will have a passeggiata along the romantic alleys of one of the most characteristic villages of Calabria, which is the unique example of “Gotico Angioino” in the region. During our walking tour we will know the story and legends of the Count After our passeggiata we will visit the laboratory of the Maestro Maurizio Russo, a local potter that is handing down the local pottery tradition for 3 generations, we will have great fun, since the Maestro is used to challenge is guests in his art, asking them to work on the lathe. After our visit to the historical downtown of Altomonte we will visit to a tiny farm close to the village, where Carla, the owner of a small local olive mill will share with us the story of his farmhouse and the peculiarities of one of the most important products from Calabria, the delicious local extra-virgin olive oil, very different from the other Italian olive oils. After the visit to the farmhouse a special tasting is waiting for us in the characteristic rural kitchen of the agriturismo. Here we will have a tasting of some of the most famous gourmet delicacies of this area, this in order to discover all the ways local people use the different varieties of the extra-virgin olive oil produced in this area. We will taste the perfumed handmade bread and the mouth-watering bruschetta, dressed with the precious EVO, the “Zafarani Cruschi”, the well known local crunchy sweet peppers, very famous all over Italy and much more. It will be a yummy journey along where we will start discovering the wonders of the “cucina Calabrese”. After lunch we will leave to the fascinating Morano Calabro, a magic small village immersed in the fantastic scenery of the Pollino National Park. In Morano we will visit the old Dominican monastery and we will meet the small community of monks, we will have a coffee with them and of course we will have the chance to discover their story and something about their life there. We will then reach the small piazza, we will have a stroll on the lovely piazza and downtown. Our visit to Morano will end with a niche experience, there we will visit Gino’s laboratory. Gino is a “Maestro Liutaio”, “Master Liutist”, he will tell us the story of this fantastic instrument and he will perform for us some traditional songs while playing the “Lira Calabrese”. Dinner will take place in a traditional Locanda, tonight several surprises are waiting for you, not only for the palate.

Day 3

Amarelli/Civita

After breackfast we will travel to the east coast of Calabria to a town called Rossanno, home to the world famous Amerelli licorice factory, the oldest factory in Calabria. A guided tour and learn how licorice is made and along with a visit of the museum. Transfer to Civita, a very famous place in Italy, here still leaves one of the oldest communities Arbereshe Calabresi, the Arbereshe, also known as Albanians of Italy or Italo-Albanians, are an Albanian ethnolinguistic (ethnic and linguistic) group in Southern Italy, mostly concentrated in scattered villages in the regions of Apulia, Basilicata, Calabria, Campania, Molise and Sicily. Civita is magic and very fascinating, with its houses which facades remember human faces and its majestic chimneys. Our tour will be a real time travel, where we will discover the ritual, the language, the culture that Albanians have imported to Calabria since 1400. Long lunch at L’Oste d’Arberia Mamma Cristina, Chef Gregorio and Marianna will take you on a sensual dance between modern and traditional dishes, enchanting storytelling and Albanian traditions. Exceptional wines will be served to match the unique dishes. In the Afternoon an exclusive cooking class with Chef Pasquale from Serragiumenta will waiting for us for a full immersed learning to cook and drinking Calabrese wine

Day 4

San Nicola Arcella

Today we will have a private cruise through the wonders of Praia a Mare and San Nicola Arcella, one of the most suggestive spots of this marvelous region. During the cruise we will have the chance to visit the famous Dino’s Island, renowned for its magnetic energy and views, the “Grotta Azzurra”, the “Grotta del Leone”, the “Arco Magno”. It will be all about spectacular towers overlooking the sea, romantic bays, crystal-clear waters and legends about the mythical Saracene incursions that touched this coast along history. Lunch will be in a lovely seafood restaurant where we will have the chance to taste the delightful “cucina marinara” Calabrese, accompanied by a special selection of local wines (a meat menu will be available for those that do not like seafood). In the late afternoon we will reach the small hamlet of Diamante, where we will visit the beautiful “casa del Peperoncino”, the Chili pepper house (please, do not forget your camera!), there we will discover everything we must know about the product which is the symbol of Calabria, the “peperoncino”.

Day 5

Pizzo Tropea

Today we will leave Altomonte for our next destination, Tropea, the pearl of Calabria. Along the way we will stop in Pizzo, where we will have the chance to visit the small, romantic church of Piedigrotta, and to know the fascinating story of this tiny, precious little jewel of religious architecture. And in Pizzo Calabro of course we cannot miss to visit the Castello di Murat, but, most than everything, we cannot miss to taste the famous “tartufo” di Pizzo, but only after a luscious aperitivo Calabrese. We will be in Tropea in the afternoon, check in and some free time at the hotel, we will meet again for a visit to the peculiar downtown and to the panoramic Sanctuary of Santa Maria dell’Isola, one of the most beautiful sights in Italy. Then back to the hotel, dinner will be organised for you in one of the most typical restaurants of Tropea, where the famous “Tropea Onion” is the main character, everything accompanied by a selection of the best local wines (dinner will be free but included);

Day 6

Scilla Reggio

Today we will leave our small paradise in Tropea, our next destination will be the stunning Venice of the South of Italy, Scilla. You will fall in love with the breath-taking panoramic views, the characteristic downtown and the peculiar shape of this small fishermen village. There we will visit the Ruffo Castle, a fortress built by the Dukes of Calabria, that stunningly overlooks the beach, from where we will enjoy a spectacular view of the Eolian Islands and of the Sicilian Coast. On a seaward-facing terrace is Scilla Lighthouse, an important aid to ships entering the Strait of Messina from the north. And of course we will also visit Chianalea, a fisherman’s village, lying on the coast of Calabria between the Tyrrhenian Sea and the slopes of Aspromonte. We will walk through the charming little alleyways, where you can easily meet the fishermen outside their homes making fishing nets, repairing their boats or preparing to leave for fishing. The waves of the Tyrrhenian Sea almost penetrate the houses, which continually face the force of the water; at night the silence amplifies the impressive sound of the sea, which provides the musical background to the village’s life. Then lunch with view (and what a view!), ready to experience the flavours and wines of this area of Italy? In the afternoon we will leave to Reggio Calabria where we will discover the story of the cultivation of bergamotto Calabrese, as well as all the uses that local people do of this refined, elegant essence. We will then visit the famous Museum of Reggio Calabria. The Museum of Reggio Calabria hosts the stunning “Bronzi di Riace”, enormous bronze statues which date back to V Century BC, founded close to the Ionian Coast of Calabria in still mysterious circumstances. The story of the Bronzi, which were for sure made in Greece is still a mystere.

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