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3 Mar

Calabria and its wonders

In an atmosphere of uncertainty like this that we are going through, it is good to remember what is positive around us, how much serenity gives us the opportunity to move and travel in total freedom, how much wonder is inherent in discovering new places, new cultures and fully savoring everything what a territory has to offer! We are sure that when everything has passed the beauties that surround us in Calabria and in Italy will take on new life.

Although the life that surrounds the territory where the Parco dei Principi Hotel was born, dates back to ancient, ancient roots like the Greeks who colonized our beautiful Ionian coast, and where they left a multitude of archaeological evidence (as shown by the Museum and Archaeological Park of Locri Epizefiri, that of Ancient Kaulon and also the National Museum of Reggio Calabria, inside which it is possible to admire the famous Riace Bronzes); on an artistic level we boast masterpieces created by the artist Nick Spatari set at MUSABA (don’t you know him yet? www.musaba.org); the villages in the area are countless: one of all elected among the most beautiful in Italy (Gerace), the village of Stilo characterized by Byzantine Catholic, Bova, Chianalea di Scilla; and more castles to visit: the Carafa which dominates the city of Roccella Ionica in which we find ourselves, those of Ardore, Bovalino Superiore, Caulonia and Grotteria. Furthermore, far from the city tram, you have the opportunity to (re) discover the contact with nature, for example by crossing the nature trails within the Aspromonte National Park (did you know that Calabria boasts 4 National Parks, one of the most interesting and varied territories in Italy we can venture, where moving only a few kilometers we can enjoy beautiful beaches or explore the wild nature, pristine forests, rugged promontories and rolling hills, together with the numerous animal and plant species they host) .Only history and nature? No! The more adventurous can enjoy an adventure holiday, hundreds of miles of coastline along the Ionian Sea and the Tyrrhenian Sea where you can go scuba diving (admiring the only two species of seahorse attested in Italy), horseback riding on the shore natural spas to relax in, numerous hiking trails, golf courses (soon also inside the Parco dei Principi Hotel) and much, much more.

The luck of a country like Italy also lies in the fact that each of its regions has a strong culinary tradition, and just to mention some belonging to the Calabrian one: the unique citrus bergamot of its kind that grows only along the Jasmine coast, the chilli pepper (for which an Academy has been established, as well as having a dedicated Festival, and also an indispensable ingredient to produce the famous Nduja), the Tropea onion typical for its sweet taste, the Mammolese stock included by the Ministry of Policies Agriculture and Forestry in the National list of Traditional Agri-Food Products, and also typical meats and cheeses, traditional dishes and flavors to be discovered.Last but not least, a quote obviously deserves an extremely mild climate (Sunday, March 1, here in Roccella Ionica, we enjoyed an intense and sunny day of 20 ° degrees) that accompanies us from April until late October.

A small glimpse of Calabria through culture, excursions and gastronomy to remind you in this difficult moment how much beauty, despite everything, there is to discover, to live and to fall in love with.
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