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Romantic Restaurants in Southern Italy

It’s February, the month dedicated to love. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, shops are bursting with chocolates, hearts (the bigger the better) and sweets for your sweet! Restaurants are also busy preparing their special Valentine’s Day menu for those planning a romantic evening with their loved one. Southern Italy has some pretty romantic restaurants that would seriously impress…

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What To Do in Serra San Bruno

Serra San Bruno is surrounded by the lush forest of the Serre Mountains in the Province of Vibo Valentia. The town is named after Saint Bruno of Cologne, a monk who founded the Carthusian Order. In 1091, searching for a place of solitude, he built a monastery immersed in the rich natural beauty of the territory that is now known…

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Calabrian Ghost Towns

In Italy, they are known as “città fantasme” or ghost towns. They are the places that once upon a time were full of life – children playing soccer in the street, clinking espresso cups in bars and the chitter chatter of the latest local gossip filling the streets. But now they’ve been abandoned, their inhabitants forced to leave for one…

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Caldarroste: Chestnuts Roasted On An Open Fire!

There is something about the fall that makes it so special. Maybe it’s the changing colors or the crisp air that helps us bid summer goodbye and at the same time prepares us for the winter that’s to come. It’s also prime time for harvesting all of the incredible bounties the earth offers up during this season. We look forward…

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Treasure Hunt: The Legend of King Alarico’s Tomb

Over the past few years, the mayor of Cosenza, Mario Occhiuto, has been focusing a lot of attention on the whereabouts and authenticity of King Alarico’s tomb. King Alarico, the King of the Visigoths, was famous for his role in the fall of the Roman Empire in the fifth century. As the legend goes, he died in Cosenza and is…

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The Humble Beginnings of Bar Gelateria Ercole

We love Pizzo, and recommend it to all our clients planning to visit Calabria. There are a few things you absolutely must do when you visit Pizzo and indulging in the traditional Tartufo is one of them. There is no shortage of cafés and restaurants listing tartufo on the menu, but we absolutely love Bar Gelateria Ercole located in the…

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Summer Fruits We Love

There are so many things to love about summer – warmer weather, lazy weekends at the seaside, gelato and fruits! We aren’t talking about just any fruits. These fruits can only be indulged in during the summer months and they are the perfect blend of sweet and refreshing – just what you need for a bit of a pick me…

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More Blue Flag Beaches for Calabria

Earlier this month the Foundation for Environmental Education released there 2017 Blue Flag award recipients. This Blue Flag award are given to the best of the beast coastal areas, marinas and beaches who have shown a high standard of water quality, safety and environmental protection and management. A couple years ago, we shared info on the Blue Flag beaches you…

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What To Do in Pizzo Calabro

Pizzo Calabro is a quaint and welcoming fishing village in Calabria. Its old town was built on the steep cliffs overlooking the gulf. This charming village makes for a great day trip if you are visiting Cosenza, Catanzaro or even Reggio Calabria. Pizzo may be a small town but it offers so many great experiences to its visitors. If you’re…

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Southern Italian Easter Processions You Don’t Want to Miss

Easter is a very important religious holiday in Italy. This year, Easter falls on April 16 th, and the Holy Week leading up to this day is always quite busy as many are preparing for or taking part in a traditional procession that goes back generations – the Passion Play. Throughout Italy, towns, cities and villages organize this procession which…

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