What to see & do
The primary tourist destinations in Calabria are the coastline and the mountains; with the coastline varying from rugged cliffs to sandy beaches, making it possible for travellers of different interests to enjoy diverse kinds of vacation activities. On the other hand, the mountains that are more prominent to tourists are Aspromonte and La Sila, with its national parks and lakes. There is also a good level of tourist accommodation in the region. Reggio Calabria is another popular tourist attraction. Located on the strait between the mainland and Sicily, Reggio Calabria is the largest and oldest city in Calabria, and is famous for its panoramic seaside, with botanical gardens situated between the art nouveau structures and the pristine beaches. Get to know more of its 3,000 years of history through the Aragonese Castle and the Museo Nazionale della Magna Grecia, where the famous Riace bronzes are housed. The city of Cosenza is known for its cultural institutions, a Hohenstaufen Castle, an open-air museum and the Cathedral of Cosenza, an 11th-century Romanesque-Gothic cathedral that received a UNESCO World Heritage status for being “Heritage Witness to a Culture of Peace,” the first recognition that UNESCO has awarded to Calabria. Panoramic views will take the tourists’ breath away especially when in Scilla, Tropea, Sybaris, and Badolato.
How to get around Calabria
When coming from Lamezia Terme International Airport, there is a free bus service that heads to Tropea. Other primary modes of transport in Calabria include the train that travels along the coast of Calabria, which has stops at the main towns; and car rentals that are available at the Lamezia Terme International Airport. Calabria is also served by two national highways on the coasts (SS18 Napoli-Reggio and SS106 Reggio-Tarranto) and the A3 motorway that links Naples and Reggio, which passes by Salerno and Cosenza along the old inland route.
How to get there
The Calabria region in southern Italy is served by three airports: Reggio Calabria Airport, Crotone Airport, and Lamezia Terme International Airport. Reggio Calabria Airport is served by Alitalia (Milan-Linate, Rome-Fiumicino, Turin), Blu-express operated by Blue Panorama Airlines (Milan-Linate, Rome-Fiumicino), and Niki (seasonal charter flights from Vienna); Crotone Airport is served by Etihad Regional operated by Darwin Airline (seasonal flights from Lugano), and Ryanair (Bergamo, Pisa, Rome-Ciampino); and Lamezia Terme International Airport, the principal airport of Calabria, is served by Air Berlin, Air Transat, Alitalia, Austrian Airlines, easyJet, Edelweiss Air, Germanwings, Helvetic Airways, Jetairfly, Lufthansa, Niki, Primera Air, Ryanair, Small Planet Airlines, Smartwings, and Sun d’Or International Airlines, with flights from domestic and nearby international destinations.