Calabria, in southwest Italy, occupies the “toe” of the country’s boot-shaped peninsula. It’s a sun-baked region of rugged mountains, old-fashioned villages and dramatic coastline, with many popular beaches.
The region’s smaller towns and villages and rural areas have a lot of historic charm. The great cities of Magna Graecia have all but vanished: fighting and conquest, followed by malaria and earthquakes saw to their destruction. Among the region’s remaining curiosities are Greek-speaking villages, and an Albanian community dating back five hundred years.
It’s the seaside that attracts most of Calabria’s summer visitors nowadays: the region has 780km of coast, facing onto two seas, the Tyrrhenian and the Ionian.
Temperatures in the summer are very hot, although the mountains get covered with snow in winter months.
The region can difficult to navigate through the mountains and because of this we highly recommend car rental to explore this region and really make the most of it.