Must see attractions in Calabria

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    Museo Nazionale di Reggio Calabria

    Over several floors in Southern Italy's finest museum you'll descend through millennia of local history, from Neolithic and Palaeolithic times through…

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    L'Ecomuseo del Pollino

    This excellent museum focuses on the historical, cultural and natural heritage of the park. Highlights include the use of interactive video screens to…

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    Museo Nazionale di Locri Epizephyrii

    Situated 3km south of modern-day Locri, the Greek colony of Locri Epizephyrii was founded in 680 BC, later subsumed by Rome and finally abandoned…

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    Parco Nazionale dell'Aspromonte

    Most Italians think of the Parco Nazionale dell’Aspromonte as a hiding place used by Calabrian kidnappers in the 1970s and ’80s. It’s still rumoured to…

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    Santa Maria dell’Isola

    Tropea's number-one photo opp is Santa Maria dell'Isola, a medieval monastic church given several facelifts over centuries of wear and tear (mainly…

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    Capo Vaticano

    There are spectacular views from this rocky cape, around 7km south of Tropea, with its beaches, ravines and limestone sea cliffs. Birdwatchers' spirits…

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    Parco Nazionale del Pollino

    Italy’s largest national park, the Pollino National Park, straddles Basilicata and Calabria. It acts like a rocky curtain separating the region from the…

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    Santuario di San Francesco di Paola

    Watched over by a crumbling castle, the Santuario di San Francesco di Paola is a curious, empty cave with tremendous significance to the devout. The saint…

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    Chiesetta di Piedigrotta

    The Chiesetta di Piedigrotta is an underground cave full of carved stone statues. It was carved into the tufa rock by Neapolitan shipwreck survivors in…

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    Castello Murat

    This neat little 15th-century castle is named for Joachim Murat, brother-in-law of Napoleon Bonaparte and briefly King of Naples, captured in Pizzo and…

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    Museo Nazionale del Bergamotto

    Housed in Reggio's former covered market, this museum, which opened in 2018, showcases the interesting 300-year-old history of the region's bergamot…

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    Cathedral

    The beautiful Norman cathedral has two undetonated WWII bombs near the door: it’s believed they didn’t explode due to the protection of the town’s patron…

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    Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Crotone

    Founded in 710 BC, the powerful city state of Kroton was known for its sobriety and high-performing Olympic athletes. Crotone's museum is located in the…

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    Museo dei Brettii e degli Enotri

    This archaeological museum displays finds from the Bronze Age Enotri culture, and the Brettii people who founded Cosenza in the 4th century BC. The…

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    Centro Il Nibbio

    Those interested in the ecosystem and wildlife of the Pollino National Park should check out this 'diffuse museum' in the medieval hilltown of Morano…

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    Galleria Nazionale

    This gallery focuses on southern Italian painting from the 16th century to the present day, including Renaissance-baroque works from the Neapolitan school…

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    Cathedral

    Cosenza's 12th-century cathedral, devastated by earthquakes, was rebuilt in restrained baroque style in the 18th century. In a chapel off the north aisle…

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    Castello Ruffo

    An imposing fortress surmounting the headland commanding Scilla, this castle has at times been a lighthouse and a monastery. It houses a luntre, the…

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    Isola di Dino

    Visible from the Praia a Mare seafront is an intriguing rocky chunk off the coast, the Isola di Dino. The tourist office has information on the island's…