This programme is available as Guarantee Departure in the following dates:
25.04 – 30.05.2015 / 30.05 – 27.06.2015 / 27.06 – 25.07.2015 / 25.07 – 05.09.2015 / 05.09 – 26.09.2015 / 26.09 – 14.11.2015
1st Day: Arrival in Lamezia Terme
Arrival in Lamezia Terme. Transfer to Hotel. Check-in. Dinner and overnight stay in a 4* hotel.
2nd Day: Tropea and Capo Vaticano.
Breakfast in Hotel. Departure to Tropea. Sightseeing of Tropea, the ancient Roman city of “Tropis”. Visit to the Norman cathedral (XII century) where the holy Madonna of Romania is held, a byzantine landmark of the XII century which enjoys an immense admiration by the Tropean people. Visit to the historical centre with its panoramic balconies and its typical backstreets.
Visit to the church of Saint Mary of the isle and bathing areas. Continue along the coast of capo Vaticano. After a series of stunning landscapes to reach the famous lighthouse, you may see one of the most beautiful views in Calabria. You may admire the cliffs and bays of Capo Vaticano with the sights of the Aeolian Islands. At the end of unforgettable hours, you may visit a specialty shop with typical Calabrian products and have the opportunity to taste local products. Dinner and overnight in hotel.
3rd Day: Serra San Bruno and Pizzo
After breakfast departure to Serra San Bruno. Brief stop to admire the lake of Angitola, a wetland with international natural value with the existence of many different water birds. In Serra San Bruno, an attractive village between woods where we shall visit the Museum of the Certosa of San Bruno and the churches nearby.
In the afternoon arrival in Pizzo. Pizzo Calabro, one of the most beautiful and famous fishing villages with a historical center, characterized for the narrow Streets and small squares. Here you will visit the small church of Piedigrotta that has been built inside a cave and it is located on the beach, among the sea. Then you will have a break to taste the famous Tartufo ice cream, which is famous all over the world. Dinner and overnight in hotel.
4th day: Free day
Free day at your disposal. We suggest you the mini cruise around the Aeolian Islands (optional).
Aeolian islands (Optional).
The beautiful mini cruise takes you to the Aeolian Islands, reachable only by sea. The islands offer images of incomparable beauty as caves, picturesque bays and cliffs, where nature has created unique and wonderful shapes. The Aeolian Islands are among the most beautiful islands of the Mediterranean sea.
Visiting these islands is certainly a cultural and spiritual enrichment and guarantees you an unforgettable experience. The mini cruise has the following stops: Stromboli, the mystical Fire-slide, which consists of a 900 m high volcano, this is one of the four active volcanoes in Italy. On the island there are two villages: Stromboli, which is the largest and the small fishing village of Ginostra. The island is particularly rich in beaches of thin, black lava sand, ideal for swimming and relaxing. Lipari, the enterprising, preserved despite the numerous boutiques, cafes and souvenir shops. The unique nested houses settled on a massive rock. Also, here offers a breathtaking view the massive castle and the cathedral. Lipari is a very pretty and lively town with narrow and winding streets and old houses. In Lipari you will find a beautiful nature and a developed infrastructure. It is very nice urban life, which is also revered by the international jet set admire here. In Vulcano, the island of sulfur, one can admire the high slopes and a great panorama. This makes Vulcano a place you must visit absolutely. The sulfur smell that attracts on the island, is very striking. It is produced by the numerous fumarole the island. The sulfur mud, which are produced on the island are highly curative. Dinner and overnight stay in Hotel.
5th Day: Scilla, Reggio Calabria.
After breakfast departure to Scilla through the fascinating landscape of the “Costa Viola” (Viollette coast). Arrival and visit of Chianalea, an old fishing village, to Ruffo Castle and the Church of San Rocco. In the afternoon we continue to Reggio Calabria. Visit the Archaeological Museum, which houses the largest collection and exhibition of ancient Greece and the two bronze statues of Riace. Furthermore, we take a walk on the promenade which was baptized by Gabriele D’Annunzio and called the most beautiful kilometer in Italy. Next visit to the Roman Baths, the Greek Walls and the cathedral. Return to the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay.
6th day: The hinterland of Calabria: Spilinga, wine tasting and Typical Products
This tour takes us to the agricultural Calabria. Departure to Spilinga, community situated at 571 meters above sea level on the northern plateau of the Poro. Spilinga is one of the most interesting of the agricultural area.
We shall visit a small farm, taste small quantities of Nduja, Capicollo, (typical salami from Calabria), and the producing home-made wine. We shall visit also a small cheese factory with the tasting of typical Calabrian cheese and Calabrian ricotta with other typical products of the zone.Tastings and possibility of buying these local products. After visiting the friendly business farm and factory, we shall visit Spilinga and the church “La Madonna della Fonte.” Dinner and Overnight in Hotel.
7th day: Gerace and Locri
Departure to Gerace and Locri. Visit of Gerace, the city of “Hundred Churches”. The visit to this medieval town allows us admire some of the oldest churches of the region, including a cathedral built in the Roman style; it is the largest cathedral in Italy. The city is a touristic and cultural center. The historic city center is located between Corso Vittorio Emanuele and Corso Matteotti.
Here are the typical bourgeois 19th century buildings and the churches of Santa Caterina, San Biagio, Santa Maria of Mastro and of the Addolorata. However, this city also offers a large, valuable archaeological area, which is about 3 km away from the city. There are the remains of the ancient Greeks, such as temples, theaters, boundary walls and the “Antiquarium” museum where various finds from ancient Greek and Roman times are presented. Dinner and overnight in hotel.
8th day: Departure
After breakfast, transfer to the airport ad departure.
- Accommodation in double room, 4* hotel
- Half board (breakfast and dinner)
- Transfer from the airport to the hotel and back
- Excursions as in the programme (Aeolian Islands not included)
- Local Guide Services
- Assistance during the stay
- All that is mentioned in the programme
-Entrance in Museum and archeological sites
- Tourist tax to be paid on the spot
- Anything not mentioned in the programme