A tour through Calabria’s most beautiful sites starting from Gerace, through Reggio Calabria, Riace Bronzes, Scilla, Stilo, and much more.
Day 1 – Gerace, the journey begins
Upon our arrival to the Riviera dei Gelsomini, after settling in the hotel, we will go to Gerace, the Enchanted Village,a splendid medieval village, and listed as one of the Most Beautiful Villages in Italy. Highlights of this place are: the Castle of the Baglio, the Norman Cathedral standing out for its beauty and majesty, the Piazza delle tre Chiese (Square of the Three Churches), the Bombarde (with a splendid view of the entire Riviera dei Gelsomini), and its characteristic alleyways. The tour ends with a tasting of the famous granita of Gerace.
Day 2 -Reggio Calabria, the Riace Bronzes and Scilla
The tour continues in Reggio Calabria, the ancient Greek colony Rhegion, and the southernmost ‘tip’ of Italy. With its waterfront promenade and splendid view of the Strait of Messina, you will enjoy a full immersion into magnificent ancient archaeology by visiting the National Archaeological Museum, home to the Riace Bronzes, and some of the most significant specimens of classical Greek art. In the afternoon, transfer to Scilla, also listed as one of the most beautiful Villages in Italy, with its charming Chianalea district.
Day 3 – Stilo, Ancient Kaulon: the Tour Draws to a Close
Between Monasterace Marina and Punta Stilo there are the remains of Ancient Kaulon, one of the first polis in Magna Graecia where silver coins were minted. Unmissable and worth admiring highlights here are: the traces of the urban road network; the remains of some houses; some fragments of the floor mosaics that enriched its luxury dwellings, such as the House of the Dragon, which takes its name from the polychrome mosaic depicting a sea dragon (3rdcentury B.C.).
A tour to the Archaeological Museum is a must, completing and integrating what you have already seen in the Archaeological Park of the ancient city. The finds on display here come from excavation campaigns carried out on the site of the ancient Achaean colony of Kaulon. Next comes Stilo, one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. It is known all over the world for its famous Cattolica, a true architectural gem of Byzantine art, and one of the most fascinating examples of symbiosis between art and culture. This unique monument is one of the most beautiful in Calabria.
The € 110 fee includes:
- Hotel accommodation (including breakfast) in the Riviera dei Gelsomini
- Tasting of granita in Gerace
The fee does not include:
- Transfers included in the programme
- Guided tours
- Admission tickets where applicable
- Tourist taxes
- Whatever is not specified under ‘The fee includes’.
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