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Italy: Highlights of Calabria

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Embark on a journey south in Calabria, from the striking Amalfi coastline to Sicily’s Catania, visiting the best spots along the way. From the pristine waters and the stalwart fortifications of Tropea, all the way to the smoke gently floating from the volcanoes of the Aeolian Islands – Calabria is a hidden gem for those who stray off Italy’s beaten path. With plenty of opportunity to relax and soak up the Mediterranean sun seaside, you’ll also get to raise your heart rate with a hike through Pollino National Park and a fishing experience with the locals on a traditional boat. Explore the active volcanoes scattered across the Aeolian Islands and wander the historic and charming streets of Taormina, Catania and Tropea. A mixture of culture, nature, history and cuisine (this is Italy, after all), this trip has everything and more!

Trip Name
Italy: Highlights of Calabria
Last Updated
2024-06-15
Days
9
Capacity
12
Highlights
  • Get up close and personal with the active volcanoes scattered across the Aeolian Islands and perhaps take a dip in one of the sulphur springs.
  • Wander the back streets and search crumbling Greek and Roman ruins in the charming seaside town of Taormina.
  • Explore the clifftop fortification of Tropea, then kick back and soak up the Aeolian sun by the beach.
  • From the mountains to the seaside, get active and hike through, Italy’s hidden gem, the strikingly beautiful Pollino National Park then enjoy a local fishing experience aboard a traditional boat.
  • See the best of Calabria in just ten days, from seaside villages to soaring mountains, energetic cities to active volcanoes and everything in between.

Itinerary

ITINERARY CHANGES Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It's important that you review this information prior to travel so that you have the latest updates. Due to weather, local conditions, transport schedules, public holidays, political unrest or other factors, further changes may be necessary to your itinerary once in-country. Your group leader or local representative will keep you up to date with any such changes once your trip is underway. OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES A selection of optional activities that have been popular with past travellers are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only for some of what might be available. Prices are approximate, are for entrance fees only, and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability, and maybe on a join-in basis. It may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination, so some pre-planning for what you are most interested in is advised. When it's recommended that travellers pre-book these activities, look for a note in the Special Information section of the day-to-day itinerary. For most, they can either be organised independently on the day, or let your group leader or local representative know you are interested at the Welcome Meeting and they can assist. Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. Although it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Medium and high-risk activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and group leader or local representative are unable to assist you with organising these activities. Activities that contravene our Responsible Travel policies are also not listed. Please remember that the decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk. MUSEUM VISITS & OPENING TIMES Many sites, attractions and museums are closed on Mondays (and sometimes Tuesdays). We recommend checking the opening times of anywhere you're interested to visit and making reservations where required/possible.

Day 1 - Amalfi Coast
Buongiorno! Welcome to Italy. Your adventure begins in the quaint small town of Minor, on the UNESO World Heritage listed Amalfi Coast. This peninsula's rocky coasts, azure seas and whitewashed villages are quintessential Italy and this small town accommodation provides all the iconic views of Amalfi Town without the tourist crowds. You'll have a welcome meeting at 6 pm this evening where you’ll meet your group leader and fellow travellers. If you arrive early, perhaps stroll along the coast or find a gorgeous little restaurant for pizza and wine with a view.
Day 2 - Civita
This morning you'll travel to Civita by boat, train and private vehicle. Civita was founded by Albanian refugees in the Middle Ages and the Civitesi are recognised as an ethnic minority by the Italian Government. Their language, arberesh, is a mixture of Italian and Albanian and is only spoken here and in some parts of Sicily. Take a walk around this fascinating village, then perhaps choose to visit a local shop with regional delights, or just walk in the scenic hills instead.
Day 3 - Pollino National Park / Civita
After breakfast today, you’ll hike into the beautiful Pollino National Park that surrounds Civita. With sheer cliffs, narrow canyons and a diverse range of wildlife including the peregrine falcon, eagle owl and the recently reintroduced Egyptian vulture, this area is a wildlife lover's paradise. If you'd like to opt out of the hike, you can kick back on the terrace of your guesthouse and enjoy the scenery and hospitality of the locals. The afternoon and evening are at your leisure.
Day 4 - Tropea
After breakfast this morning, you’ll transfer from Civita to Paola, before taking the train on to Tropea. Tropea has a striking sense of timelessness, created by the streets full of faded buildings and the iconic fortifications that line the city’s cliffs. Explore the town as you head out on an orientation walk. You may want to visit the local Norman cathedral, the Duomo, which holds an icon of the town’s celebrated protectress, the Madonna of Romania. There’s also the Museo Diocesano, a tiny museum hiding in the Palazzo Vescovile next to the Duomo, which is full of religious art and wooden statues. If you’d prefer some time by the water, feel free to head to the beach and marvel at the looming structures on the cliffs nearby.
Day 5 - Tropea / Stromboli
If the weather is fine, you'll head out on a boat trip to the island of Stromboli. You will stop here to visit the island of San Vincenzo where you will have time to swim in the deep blue sea of the Aeolian Islands, shop along the main street or stop in a local restaurant for dinner. Depending on the time of year, you will depart Stromboli again in the evening and cruise to the Sciara del Fuoco (Stream of Fire) which marks the path of the lava flows that occur during Stromboli’s eruptions.
Day 6 - Reggio Calabria
Depart from Tropea by train as you travel on to Reggio Calabria, the gateway to Sicily. The city’s placement in a major earthquake zone has caused much destruction over the years, meaning only a few historical sites remain in comparison to the rest of Italy. However, this has resulted in a charming mix of architecture, balanced between the surviving old buildings and the modern structures. Embark on an orientation walk, before visiting the widely renowned National Archaeological Museum of Reggio. This building is arguably the most important tourism destination that the region has to offer, featuring an excellent collection of exhibits from Greek-influenced sites across Calabria, including the Bronzi di Riace, two giant bronze statues found on the sea floor in the 70s. Later in the evening, perhaps hunt down some of the city's spectacular restaurants for grilled swordfish or pasta with cauliflower and broccoli (both are dishes typical to the area) and a glass of local wine, or wander past the city’s panoramic waterfront.
Day 7 - Catania
Bid farewell to Reggio Calabria and travel by ferry to Messina in Sicily, where you’ll enjoy a Messina (a traditional boat ride). You'll experience the thrill of a fishing trip with the locals and learn about the traditions and natural wonders of the Strait of Messina. After, board a private minibus to the atmospheric city of Catania. The city has a unique energy and an interesting blend of young and old. On one hand, there’s a gritty, attractive bar culture that fuels an exuberant nightlife full of flavour and laughter. On the other hand, the city's very core boasts one of the fabled Late Baroque towns – the UNESCO World Heritage site, Val di Noto. You’ll get the opportunity to explore both sides of this curious city by walking through its grand piazzas and wide roads. The evening is yours to enjoy, so perhaps get a gelato or a granita to cool off at the end of a busy day of exploration.
Day 8 - Taormina/Catania
Take a day trip to the charming city of Taormina. Start things off with an orientation walk, where you’ll notice the Greek influence in the architecture. Walk through the back streets and gardens, and perhaps visit the world-famous Greek theatre and the cathedral. The whole afternoon will be at your leisure, so there's plenty of time to explore at your own pace. Have a drink in the Mediterranean sun or dig into some traditional Sicilian pasta before heading back to Catania for your final evening. Perhaps, head out with your newfound travel companions for one final pasta dinner together and toast to the Calabrian adventures you shared.
Day 9 - Catania
Your journey come to an end after breakfast today. If you’d like to stay on in Catania, just speak to your booking agent to organise any additional accommodation.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
07-07-202415-07-2024AUD $ 4,014-
21-07-202429-07-2024AUD $ 3,311-
01-09-202409-09-2024AUD $ 4,815-
08-09-202416-09-2024AUD $ 4,770-
15-09-202423-09-2024AUD $ 4,815-
22-09-202430-09-2024AUD $ 4,770-
29-09-202407-10-2024AUD $ 4,590-
06-10-202414-10-2024AUD $ 4,640-
13-10-202421-10-2024AUD $ 4,415-
04-05-202512-05-2025AUD $ 4,725-
11-05-202519-05-2025AUD $ 4,725-
18-05-202526-05-2025AUD $ 4,725-
25-05-202502-06-2025AUD $ 4,725-
01-06-202509-06-2025AUD $ 4,725-
08-06-202516-06-2025AUD $ 4,725-
15-06-202523-06-2025AUD $ 4,725-
22-06-202530-06-2025AUD $ 4,910-
29-06-202507-07-2025AUD $ 4,910-
06-07-202514-07-2025AUD $ 4,910-
13-07-202521-07-2025AUD $ 5,100-
20-07-202528-07-2025AUD $ 5,100-
27-07-202504-08-2025AUD $ 4,910-
03-08-202511-08-2025AUD $ 4,910-
31-08-202508-09-2025AUD $ 4,910-
07-09-202515-09-2025AUD $ 5,100-
14-09-202522-09-2025AUD $ 5,100-
21-09-202529-09-2025AUD $ 5,100-
28-09-202506-10-2025AUD $ 5,100-
05-10-202513-10-2025AUD $ 5,100-
12-10-202520-10-2025AUD $ 4,910-

Accommodation

Hotel (6 nights),Guesthouse (2 nights)

Transport

Train,Public bus,Private vehicle,Ferry

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