Scolacium: Ancient Roman Ruins in Roccelletta

As you travel along the SS 106 from Catanzaro to Soverato, you can’t help but be drawn to the 12th Century Byzantine Basilica of Santa Maria in Roccelletta. This important medieval monument is perfectly perched amongst the surrounding olive groves dating back centuries and in the distance, you can make out the Gulf of Squillace....
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The Stone Ship of Santa Severina

Santa Severina is listed as one of Italy’s Most Beautiful Hamlets. Located 30 minutes inland from Crotone, this little-known borgo dates back to the 5th Century BC and was one of Calabria’s original Magna Graecia settlements. A few hundred years later, the Byzantines settled the area. The medieval village seems to hang on a rocky...
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All Aboard: Next Stop, Bova!

This ancient village perched on a hilltop overlooking the entire coastline is one of the most important ancient Greek centers in the province of Reggio Calabria. It is also one of the few places where a unique Greek-Calabrian dialect is still spoken. This dialect was spoken throughout all of southern Calabria until around the 15th...
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Calabria’s Famous Bergamot Oranges

The bergamot is a citrus fruit that is almost exclusively grown in the province of Reggio Calabria and has become an important symbol for this Calabrian province. The bergamot fruit is like an orange, but it has a yellowish-green outer skin and when you cut it open, you’ll find a yellow center. The climate in...
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Typical Cheeses of Calabria

When you visit Calabria, you’ll instantly notice how diverse and unique it is. A region often admired for its beautiful coastline, Calabria is also home to lush mountains that produce some of the gastronomical delights that so many enjoy worldwide. For example, a traditional Calabrian antipasto would be incomplete without a sampling of some of...
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Southern Italy Summer Reads

Are you the type of person that enjoys sitting out on the beach or by the pool with a good book? I love reading especially when I want to get away and escape the daily grind. There is something magical about certain books – they can take you anywhere in the world real or imaginary....
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What To Do in Tropea

When it comes to destinations in Calabria, Tropea is without a doubt one of the most popular and well-known seaside towns. Situated on the “Coast of the Gods”, it’s no surprise that this magnificent place as captured the interest of travelers from all over the world. You can’t help but fall in love with its...
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The Carnival of Alessandria del Carretto

Alessandria del Carretto is a small village which sits high up in the Pollino mountains. As a matter of fact, it’s the highest village in the Pollino National Park sitting over 1000 metres above sea level, giving you probably one of the most impressive views of the Pollino mountain range as well as the Gulf...
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Stay Warm With These Italian Seasonal Soups

With the chilly temps, now is the perfect time for some comfort food – southern Italian style! Minestre and zuppe are popular winter dishes in Italy. Many are made with dried beans and simple ingredients, making them easy, healthy and not to mention cheap. We’re talking cucina povera at it’s tastiest here! Here are three...
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Four Italian Christmas Words/Phrases

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a post like this and I thought it’d be fun to brush up on some Festive Italian vocabulary. I’ve round up four very commonly used Christmas words/phrases, let’s see how many of them you already know! Buon Natale (Pronounced: bwohn nah-tah-leh) You know I had to start with this...
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