Above: Dino Island seen from Praia a Mare in Calabria, Italy

Blue Grottoes and Charming Villages: Sightseeing in Calabria

From coastal roads and charming villages to breathtaking beaches and forested mountains, Calabria has much to offer. Here are our sightseeing recommendations.


The mountainous, often thickly forested interior of the province can be just as rewarding as Calabria’s beaches and archaeological ruins.

Just to the east of Reggio Calabria, the 250-square-mile Aspromonte National Park has stunning mountain scenery and remarkable biodiversity, which can be discovered while hiking or mountain biking along the network of well-marked trails. At 6,414 feet, Montalto is the park’s highest peak and one of the tallest in the Apennines mountain chain. Much of the park is covered by forests of beech trees, silver firs, black pines, holm oaks and chestnut trees. Birders can spot raptors such as peregrine falcons, goshawks, eagle owls and the very rare Bonelli’s eagle.

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