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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…
Top Choice Calabrian in Parco Nazionale della Sila

La Tavernetta

Among Calabria’s best eats, La Tavernetta marries rough country charm with citified elegance in warmly colourful dining rooms. The food is first-rate and based on the best local ingredients, from wild anise seed and…
Top Choice Food in Parco Nazionale della Sila

Antica Salumeria Campanaro

Even among Italian delicatessens, this long-established salumeria is something special. It’s a temple to all things fungoid (get your Sila porcini here) as well as an emporium of fine meats, cheeses, pickles, sweetm…
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…
Italian in Parco Nazionale del Pollino

Luna Rossa

In Terranova di Pollino, Luna Rossa is the highly esteemed restaurant of chef Federico Valicenti. Basilicatan cuisine is perfectly expressed in simple, delicious dishes such as hand-made cavatelli pasta with porcini…
Seafood in Scilla

Bleu de Toi

Soak up the atmosphere at this lovely little restaurant, where blue lampshades, a Blue Note soundtrack and glimpses of the blue Tyrrhenian set the mood. It has a terrace over the water and excellent seafood dishes, …
Trattoria in Reggio di Calabria

La Cantina del Macellaio

One of the best restaurants in Reggio, serving fagioli cu l'oghiu bonu (Sicilian beans), maccheroni al ragù di maiale (handmade pasta with pork sauce) and involtini di vitello (veal rolls) in an open, tiled dining r…