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Blue Flag 2018

Two More Blue Flag Beaches for Calabria

The 2018 Blue Flag awards have just been released. If you don’t already know, the Blue Flag award is given out by the Foundation for Environmental Education to the best...

Mythical Chianalea in Scilla

Chianalea in Scilla is one of the most beautiful fishing villages in the province of Reggio Calabria. Built directly on the seafront, its narrow streets and pastel-colored houses are charming,...
Castle Squillace

The Mysterious History of Squillace Castle

There are castles everywhere in Italy. And I’m not sure what it is, but every time I visit one, I’m swept up in its history and legends. When visiting castles,...
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Five Magnificent Castles in Basilicata

Basilicata, also known as Lucania, shares its borders with three other Southern Italian regions – Calabria, Puglia and Campania. It’s made up of two provinces that offer up a landscape...

Festa della Donna: Symbolism of the Mimosa Flower

Today is the Festa della Donna, or International Women’s Day, a day dedicated to women that is becoming recognized more and more across the globe. If you don’t know what...

Cave Churches in Calabria

Everywhere you go in Italy, you are graced with incredible and intricately designed churches, cathedrals and Sanctuaries. You don’t have to be a religious person to appreciate the beautiful architecture...
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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...

Things To Love About Basilicata

It’s really no surprise to us why the New York Times selected Basilicata as one of their 52 Places to Go in 2018. This southern Italian region came in at...

Tombola: A Christmas Tradition for the Whole Family

A southern Italian Christmas would be incomplete without a few rounds of Tombola with family and friends. Tombola is a board game that looks like Bingo, and in some ways,...

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...

Festa Dei Morti in Southern Italy

Festa dei Morti or All Souls’ Day takes place on November 2nd every year in Italy. Although it’s not a national holiday, many schools and some businesses choose to remain...

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...
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