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 best 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. Calabria is located in the heart of the Mediterranean and its geographical location makes Calabria the perfect travel starting point to other locations such as Sicily, Puglia, Matera or the Amalfi Coast.
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."
DAY 1 - WELCOME DAY
You will be picked up from Lamezia Terme Airport to "Castello di Serragiumenta“ located in the countryside of Altomonte, check-in and welcome happy hour, traditional local Dinner.
DAY 5 - PIZZO/TROPEA
After breakfast, transfer to Tropea for leisure time in the historic center and typical shops, lunch in a traditional farm overlooking the hills of Tropea. In the afternoon transfer to Pizzo Calabro (the town where the "Tartufo Gelato (Truffle Ice Cream)" was invented. Check-in to the "Piccolo Grande Hotel" and Dinner in a traditional Pizzeria.
DAY 2 - ALTOMONTE
After breakfast a walk through the medieval town of Altomonte visiting of main attractions, later an extra virgin olive oil tour with tasting in a traditional olive oil mill and a visit to traditional Liquor factory - Dinner at Castello di Serragiumenta
DAY 6 - SCILLA/PENTEDATTILO
After breakfast, transfer to Scilla (the Venice of southern Italy), visit of the historical center and it’s coastal neighborhood "Chianalea". Lunch in Scilla and a visit to the Pentedattilo Ghost Town in the evening. Dinner in Pizzo Calabro
DAY 3 - MORANO CALABRO/CIVITA
After breakfast, transfer to Civita, an ancient Italo-Albanian town in the heart of the Pollino National Park, Wine Tasting Tour in the town of Castrovillari with local food tasting and soon after a cooking class in Morano Calabro with traditional music, tarantella dancing and dinner.
DAY 7 - ARRIVEDERCI
After breakfast check out and transfer to Lamezia International Airport. Wishing you a safe trip home and an ARRIVEDERCI.
DAY 4 - SAN NICOLA ARCELLA
After breakfast, transfer to San Nicola Arcella Town for a boat tour to Dino Island and Lunch. In the evening an easy hiking tour towards the town of Orsomarso. Dinner at "Castello di Serragiumenta“.
Authentic Experiences, locals, mountains, seas, culture, traditions... the best you can get in one week in ITALY
Castello di Serragiumenta
The Castello di Serragiumenta is an ancient noble farm house, surrounded by vineyards, olive trees, relaxing hills and of course the vegetable farm. The style of the castle is ”Country Chic” and a destination for many wedding events. Most of all it is a destination for those who love to get in touch with the old fashioned Italian tradition and the organic cuisine. The family owners of the Castello di Serragiumenta are also farmers, they harvest all types of vegetables and raise their own farm animals for a genuine organic food experience respecting the traditions.
The Castello is equipped with all comforts and services such as Wi-Fi, Air conditioning, A swimming pool, etc., but what makes the castle so special is the atmosphere and the surrounding nature, simply a dive into the past.
Piccolo Grande Hotel
Situated in the historical center of Pizzo (Calabria), a lively town in an enchanting location on a cliff by the sea, you can find the small but nice and trendy luxury “Piccolo Grand Hotel”.
Individually designed rooms and suites, 3 of them in the nearby branch building with a breathtaking view from the cliff side onto the Mediterranean. Wi-Fi, large flat screen TVs, a safe and much more are at the guests’ disposal. A forward-looking hotel with exemplary energy-saving technology.
TOWNS IN THE ITINERARY
The village of Altomonte is rich in culture and hilly landscapes, there are abundant olive groves and native vineyards producing the bambini(Baby) wines, already cited by Pliny the Elder in ancient times.
Along the streets and alleys of the village you will find typical local products and crafts such as wines, olive oil, very fine liqueurs, sweets and many gift shops selling products made of clay, wood, wicker etc. Remarkable are the unique wooden postcards, the old embroidery and most of all the Bread of Altomonte. Altomonte is a symbol of typical Calabrian cuisine and culture.
In the heart of the Pollino National Park, nested among the rocks to make itself invisible to the Saracen raids, Civita is a treasure chest that preserves the ancient traditions of the Albanian people. The valley in which it sits is surrounded by mountainous forests, colored by the blue reflections of the Ionian Sea, which can be admired on the horizon.
Civita is one of the best preserved settlements of inland Calabria, characterized by an urban structure made of narrow streets and open spaces that intersect each other like a maze.
Morano Calabro was the birthplace of mathematician Gaetano Scorza. During the X and XI centuries the town was chosen as a settlement by Muslim invaders and today the well preserved historical center is a must see attraction.
The red roofed homes reach the lower part of the town through a maze of alleys and on the higher side of the town sits Castle San Bernardino. The Castle was the residence of the lord in Morano.
SAN NICOLA ARCELLA
The town sits on the edge of a steep cliff, overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea and the wonderful landscape of the Gulf of Plicastro.
You will visit Dino Island, whose sandstone circumference includes mystifying cave grottos, in which an indescribable color of blue, created by the sunlight rises through the sea water. Dino Island is a UNESCO World- Heritage site.
Tropea is a small town on the east coast of Calabria. It’s known for its cliff top historic center, beaches and prized red onion. Built on a former Byzantine cemetery, the 12th century cathedral has marble sarcophagi and a painting of the Madonna of Romania, the town’s protector. Tropea is full of small and affordable restaurants serving pizza and traditional meals, seafood and the town’s big specialty: sweet red onions. Other local treats to try include ice cream, “Latte di mandorla” (Almond milk) a refreshing and cooling drink.
Scilla is straight out of mythology; it is traditionally the home of the fearsome monster Scylla who along with Charybdis guarded the narrow Strait of Messina and menaced Odysseus / Ulysses as he sailed by. According to the town's tourist information leaflet "the origins of the castle date back to Ulysses". Even if you don't believe the mythological connections, the geography of Scylla's castle on a commanding outcrop guarding the entrance to this important shipping route must have made it an important site for more than a single millennia. Today Scilla is a pretty little town where visitors can relax on the beach, visit the castle or wander through the old fishing settlement.
WHAT IS INCLUDED
- Bilingual local guide
- 4 Nights 4 days Castello di Serragiumenta, Altomonte - 2 Nights 3 Days Piccolo Grande Hotel Pizzo Calabro - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
- Welcome happy hour
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil tour
- Wine tasting tour
- Cooking class
- Traditional music and dance dinner
- Boat tour, hiking tour
- Private Transfer from, to Lamezia Terme Airport
- Travel insurance
- Airline tickets
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