Bella Calabria - The tip of the boot shape of Italy is a world apart. Gorgeous sand and gravel beaches, flowers in all their imaginable varieties and the densest forests in Italy can be found here, all set against the backdrop of the Aspromonte mountain massif. Surrounded by two seas, the Ionian and the Tyrrhenian Sea, lies a holiday paradise which is second to none: Calabria.
Calabria: historical sights, Italian beauty
Venture on a journey of discovery and follow the historical footprints of the Greeks, the Romans, the Normans and the Byzantines. This is where Spanish and French dynasties disputed their respective right to the land, leaving traces of a past steeped in history. Roman parks, Byzantine churches and Norman castles are just some of a plethora of sights that you will encounter on your journey.
Whether deserted mountain villages or idyllic coastal towns: explore the medieval city of Gerace or the artisan town of Tiriolo. Other fascinating places are the ghost town of Pentedatillo situated on a mountain slope and the small town of Tropea perched on a reef. And whilst Scilla on the Costa Viola has a glamorous air, Morana marks an authentic presence as a charming mountain village.
Idyllic Southern Italy: an exhilarating holiday in Calabria
But by far the most magnificent and enchanting feature of Calabria is nature: orange and lemon trees, olive groves and shady woodlands in which poplars and pines grow cheek by jowl. A Mediterranean flora that could not be more exhilarating, the coastal regions: juniper and spurge plants, oleander, whin and bergamots, and a captivating variation of colours including red poppies, white daisies and blue bellflowers.
Gnarled, centuries-old trees and a sea as clear as it is rich in nuances Calabrias magnificent landscapes will take your breath away. For sure!
The cucina calabrese (Calabrian cuisine) and other Calabrian specialities
Sitting on a charming piazza (square) soaking in the evening sun and enjoying local specialities: that is a key component of a holiday in Italy. Chantarelles and porcini, pecorino and ricotta: the cucina calabrese varies depending on region and character. Zucchini flowers are served next to grilled aubergines, and of course no Mediterranean cuisine would be complete without a wide choice of seafood. Wine from the region and limoncello or grappa are also must-haves at any lunch or dinner table!
It is impossible to overlook the special light in Calabria - the unique mix of mountainous and coastal landscapes is simply captivating. A holiday with children, wellness or winter sports, or just spending days of fun in the water and enjoying the sun at the beach: Italys best attributes are perfectly united at the tip of its boot. Thanks to excellent flight connections to Lamezia Terme airport, nothing stands in the way of your holiday in Calabria!
Destinations - A to Z
- Cagliari (Sardinia)
- Cape Town
- Funchal (Madeira)
- Gran Canaria
- Heraklion (Crete)
- Maldive Islands
- Marsa Alam
Distance & flight time
- Distance from Zurich: 1060 km
- Time shift: 0h
- Flight time from Zurich: 01:50h
Culinary delights in Italy: an Italian holiday synonymous with pure indulgence
Whether its pasta or pesto, grappa or limoncello, rosemary or lavender: the flavours of Italy hold the key to the hearts of the world and have become an indispensable component of our everyday cuisine. Today, a bottle of Italian olive oil is almost a must-have in households around the globe. High-quality olive oil - fruity, unobtrusive and golden-coloured - is the ideal companion to all kinds of delicacies!