Italy: Highlights of Calabria

  • Tours & Multi-centres in Italy

Explore Calabria and its stunning clifftop towns and villages perched on Italy’s beautiful Thyrrenian and Ionian coastlines. Begin this self-guided tour of Calabria in the picture perfect town of Tropea and enjoy included excursions to discover the region's highlights.

Tour highlights

  • You'll get to see the best parts of Calabria on this 8 day tour
  • Stay in a four star hotel with excursions includes
  • Visit the clifftop town of Tropea and admire the stunning coastline of Capo Vaticano
  • Explore the scenic village of Pizzo and try Calabria's famous tartufo ice cream
  • Head inland to discover the region's rich history
  • Visit a family-run farm and taste local produce
  • Visit the very tip of Italy's toe and look out over where the Ionian and Tyrrhenian Seas meet
  • Add an optional excursion to the nearby Aeolian Islands (weather dependent)

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Itinerary

Day 1: UK to Calabria

Arrive at Lamezia Terme airport and enjoy a private transfer to your hotel in Capo Vaticano.

Meals included: Dinner

Day 2: Tropea and Capo Vaticano

Today you'll spend the morning exploring the jewels of Calabria’s Tyrrhenian coast, with a visit to the towns of Tropea and Capo Vaticano. Tropea is a sight to behold, perched high above the clear turquoise water on top of a steep cliff face. Its most famous landmark is Santa Maria dell’Isola, a beautiful church set atop a dramatic rock formation.  Take the winding staircase to the top and you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views back towards the old town and the Aeolian Islands. You'll visit the old town and the Cathedral, which was built in Norman times, however after multiple rebuilds is now predominantly baroque in style. Learn about its fascinating past and admire the artworks inside. After, head to Capo Vaticano - a town set out on a promontory of white granite. The town has some of the most stunning beaches and coves to be explored.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3: Pizzo Calabro

Today's excursion takes you to Pizzo Calabro whose pastel-painted buildings are perched precariously on the cliff's edge. Explore the narrow winding streets and picturesque piazzas and visit the church of Piedigrotta, which is built into the tufa stone. Visit the Aragonese Castle, an historical building that symbolises the city. After, you'll get to taste the towns famous tartufo ice cream – a delicious meld of chocolate and hazelnut coated in coco powder.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Day at Leisure or Aeolian Islands (optional excursion)

Today you'll be able to relax at your hotel and take advantage of the beach club. Alternatively, you can opt to take an excursion to the volcanic archipelago of the Aeolian Islands (weather dependant and payable locally, approx. €45 per person). The boat trip will take you to Stromboli where you can see the active volcano, Lipari and Vulcano where you'll have time to explore the therapeutic mud baths.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Scilla and Reggio Calabria

Scilla is an impressive coastal town built on the cliff edge. As you approach the town, you’ll stop of in the picture-perfect fishing village of Chinalea where you can watch the colourful boats bob along the coast as fishermen bring in their catch. You can’t miss the strategically placed Castello Ruffo high up on the rocks. Visit the historical structure that that dates back to the 5th century BC and has stood for centuries as a safe sanctuary and protective stronghold. After you’ll head to the region’s largest city, Reggio Calabria. While you’re here you’ll visit the the archaeological museum, home to the Riace Bronzes, life size statues of Greek warriors that were cast around 460–450 BC. The town has a beautiful waterfront promenade that you will have time to stroll along before visiting the Roman Baths, Greek walls and the Cathedral.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Zungri

Today, you're group excursion will head into the forested mountainous hinterland of Calabria until you reach Zungri. This agricultural village is home to the archaeological site of Sbariati, a well-preserved rock settlement of caves carved into the mountainside that were inhabited by Basillian monks who arrived there in the 12th century. Learn about this ancient social model and way of life. Later you’ll visit a small family farm that produces fresh local produce including onions, nudja (typical Calabrian salami), wine, cheese and vegetables. You’ll have the chance to taste this traditional Calabrian produce and the opportunity to take some home with you. Before heading back you’ll visit the Church of Our Lady of the Snow.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: Lamezia Terme

Once you arrive in Lamezia Terme, head into the old town to explore the Veterans Church, and learn about its fascinating history. According to folk traditions, the church dates back to 1200 and was built on the ruins of an ancient Basilican Monastery. The town is full of fascinating historic buildings such as the Norman castle and the beautiful Duomo di Nicastro, built in the Byzantine era. In the afternoon, continue to the small village of Tiriolo located 690 metres above sea level with views over the Ionian Sea to one side and and the Tyrrhenian Sea on the other.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8: Calabria to UK

After breakfast, depart to the airport for your flight home.

Meals included: Breakfast

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Your holiday includes

  • 7 nights accommodation on a half board basis
  • Airport transfers
  • Half day excursion to Tropea & Capo Vaticano
  • Half day excursion to Pizzo with a tasting of tartufo ice cream
  • Half day excursion to Zungri and a visit to a local farm with tastings of typical products
  • Full day excursion to Nicastro & Tiriolo

Your holiday excludes:

  • Optional excursion to the Aeolian Islands
  • Entrance tickets to museums/archaeological sites
  • Extras, drinks and personal expenses

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Hotels

You will be in one of the below three hotels (to be confirmed when booked). If you would like to stay in a specific hotel, please call to book.

★★★★ Hotel Cannamele Resort, Parghelia 

The hotel is located about four kilometres outside of Tropea and just one kilometre from the centre of Parghelia, providing a prime position for exploring the area. Enjoy the great facilities that include a heated outdoor swimming pool and a wellness area with steam baths and treatments (payable locally). The café bar is a great spot for for a refreshing drink after visiting the beautiful region that surrounds the hotel. Each morning a buffet breakfast is served on the panoramic terrace overlooking the sea. Guest rooms are simply furnished and provide a fresh and bright space.

★★★★ Villaggio Baia d'Ercole, Capo Vaticano 

Set in the heart of Capo Vaticano and about 15 kilometres from the centre of Tropea, this hotel is in an excellent location for seeing the nearby sights. Surrounded by lush gardens and Mediterranean vegetation. Facilities include an elegant restaurant that overlooks the long beach, a central bar, two swimming pools close to the sea, a tennis court and a beach and sun terrace equipped with sun loungers. The rooms are decorated in fresh light tones.

★★★★ Costa Degli Dei Resort, Capo Vaticano

Set on the beautiful sandy promontory of Capo Vaticano the Costa Degli Dei Resort is immersed in beautiful natural surroundings. The hotel's private white sandy beach has been awarded a Blue Flag status and can be reached by a shuttle bus. A pool area is equipped with loungers and a bar service providing a great place to relax. The hotel's guest rooms echo the colours and tones of the near by fishing villages and are decorated with cool tile floors and wooden furnishings. 

Departure dates

  • Every Saturday from May to October. Other arrival days are possible, please call if you would like to book these.

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Total price from
£2672
per person from £668
Highlights of Calabria
Tours & Multi-centres in Italy, Half Board
10/10/2020 - 7 nights
4 adults
From London Stansted
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