Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Reggio di Calabria

Museo Nazionale di Reggio Calabria

Partly closed during years of renovation from 2009, southern Italy's finest museum is now fully reopened. Over several floors you'll descend through millennia of local history, from Neolithic and Palaeolithic times …
Top Choice Museum in Ionian Coast

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 following Saracen raids in the 10th century AD. The archaeological si…
Museum in Ionian Coast

Museo Archeologico Nazionale delle Sibaritide

Founded around 730 BC and destroyed by the Krotons in 510 BC, Sybaris was rebuilt twice: once as Thurii by the Greeks in 444 BC, and again in 194 BC by the Romans, who called it Copia. Prehistoric artefacts and evid…
Park in Parco Nazionale dell'Aspromonte

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 contain ’ndrangheta strongholds, but as a tourist you’re unlike…
Church in Tropea

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 attributable to earthquakes). Sitting on what was once its own rock…
Fortress in Le Castella

Fortezza di Le Castella

Le Castella is named for its impressive 16th-century Aragonese fortress, a vast edifice linked to the mainland by a short causeway, and that once contained the entire, walled settlement. The philosopher Pliny said t…
National Park in Parco Nazionale del Pollino

Pollino National Park

Italy’s largest national park, the Pollino National Park, straddles Basilicata and Calabria. It acts like a rocky curtain separating the region from the rest of Italy and has the richest repository of flora and faun…
Cave in Northern Tyrrhenian Coast

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 lived and died in Paola in the 15th century and the sanctuar…
Church in Pizzo

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 the 17th century. Other sculptors added to it and it was eventu…
Viewpoint in Tropea

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 should soar. There's a lighthouse, built in 1885, which is clos…