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Calabria

lecastella scilla tropea
 
Position:
Located South of Italy, Calabria is the "tip of the boot", it confines with Basilicata on North, it is separated from Sicily by Tyrrhenian sea at West and is lying in Ionian sea on East and South.

Places to see - Things to do:
- Magna Grecia remains: Crotone, the archeologic park in Locri, the national archeological museum of Reggio Calabria (with its famous 'Bronzi di Riace'), Sibari, Vibo Valentia ; and some other archeological treasures as the Roman Scollacium in Roccelleta di Borgia, or the Byzantine Rossano...
- Religious architectures: the Cattolica in Stilo, San Francesco's sanctuary in Paola, Serra San Bruno's monastery and Santa Maria del Bosco's sanctuary...
- the castles: Aragonese in Le Castella, Norman in Lamezia Terme, Ruffo's castle in Scilla and Murat's castle in Pizzo...
- preserved areas and parks: Raganello gorges, paradise for rafting lovers ; the reservation of "Sila's Giants", the millenary pines ; the sea area in Capo Rizzuto ; the national parks of Sila and Aspromonte...
- 700 km and more coastline: "Riviera dei Cedri" -cedar riviera-, "Costa degli Dei" -Gods coast-, "Costa degli Aranci" -orange trees coast-, "Riviera dei Gelsomini" -jasmine riviera-...

Gastronomy: -non exhaustive list-
N'duja (hot sausage to spread), 'Nzullini (traditional almond biscuits), figs, chestnut flour, olives, Tropea's red onions, calabrese chilly, Gassosa al caffè (coffee lemonade), Pizzo's tarfuo (ice-cream), wines (Ciro', Costa Viola, Savuto...)

Folklore & Events: -non exhaustive list-
March/April
¤ rites and processions for Holy Week in many places as Badolato, Catanzaro, Gioisa Ionica, Montepaone, Pizzo...
May
¤ 1° sunday, "Sagra del Cammello" -camel feast- : evokes leggendary events about popular reaction against Arab domination...
August
¤ 04/05, "Palio di Ribusa" in Stilo : Historical commemoration with crossbowmen, archers, knights...
¤ 16 and last sunday, 'Giants' procession in Palmi : the 'giants' announce beginning of entertainments in honour of Saint-Roch, Patroness of the town...
 
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