Excursions in the southern Tyrrhenian coast of Calabria

Our tour of the south of the Tyrrhenian coast of Calabria begins in the town of Pizzo Calabro with a ride through its narrow streets and a visit to the Aragonese Castle, before a well-deserved break to enjoy the famous truffle ice-cream. We move on from this area, steeped in history and where once maritime activities and handicraft production flourished. Down at the sea, we make a stop at the Church of Piedigrotta or, as the locals call it, the “Madonnella”. Down dozens of steps, we come to a cave carved into the rock and facing the beach, where the stalagmites have been carved and transformed into statues.

From the port of Vibo Valentia you can sail to the Aeolian Islands, a mini-cruise between Vulcano, Lipari and Stromboli. Or you can continue on south for a few kilometers towards the most popular tourist destinations in the area: Tropea. Here, in addition to the traces of the viitality of these places throughout history, you can stop to enjoy the beautiful sea, repeatedly recognized as one of the most beautiful in Italy. The welcoming narrow streets protect churches and palaces, as well as squares that overlook the sea, and make Tropea well worth a visit. And if the Hawaiian-style welcome includes a necklace for the tourist, be prepared! It could well be of sweet red onions, a typical product of the area of ​​Tropea.

Tropea - photo by flickr user simo0082

Tropea – photo by flickr user simo0082

A few kilometers to the south and here we are in the area that Skyscanner has recently selected as “destination of the year” for 2015. Capo Vaticano and its sandy beaches, protected behind a high rocky coastline. Here, nature still has a dominant role and in August finding a corner to spread out your towel can be arduous. But don your mask and enjoy all the beauty of the beautiful seabed. No wonder this stretch of coastline is known as the “Coast of the Gods”, and is indicated by many as one of the most charming places to visit.

Excursions on the Ionian coast of Calabria

The Ionian coast of Calabria is a treasure of interesting places and its beaches are particularly attractive. Crossing Calabria and heading towards Catanzaro, a few kilometers north we reach the promontory of Isola Capo Rizzuto, a Marine Protected Area with beaches of fine. red sand. Here the soil is rich in clay, so that clay pools form where you can swim or where you can daub on the beneficial mud. The San Paolo beach, red and sandy, and Fratte beach are two typical examples of this stretch of the Ionian coast. It is characterized by the clear sea and wide, sandy beaches so that even in high season it’s not difficult to find one’s own little corner of paradise.

An outing not to be missed is the Aragonese castle of Le Castella, the remains of a very old settlement that extended into the sea and served as an outpost of protection against attacks from the sea. And once you’ve enjoyed a taste of histroy, we suggest a visit to the nearby resort at Sovereto, which has a backdrop of thick pine forest, called the Bosco Sovereto. Here you can enjoy unspoiled nature from the coastal vegetation to the inviting Mediterranean waters. Sovereto beach is halfway between Punta Le Castella and Capo Piccolo.

Le Castella - photo by flickr user lorraine

Le Castella – photo by flickr user lorraine

Continuing south along the Ionian coast of Calabria, you’ll be spoiled for choice in selecting where to stop and admire crystal clear seas and beautiful beaches If traveling with your family let the children play on the beach in Botricello, or go on to to Lido di Pietragrande, where in addition to a swim in the clear waters you can find child entertainment facilities. Here, the beauty and variety of the seabed is such that we strongly recommend an underwater immersion. Two other resorts near Pietragrande are also worth a visit: Copanello beach, with the high cliff on which stands the town that stretches to the sea, andCaminia, with its long beach nestled between the rocks. And on a final note, the nearby ruins of the Cassiodoro Tanks where the ancient Romans bred moray eels are of archaeological interest.

Further south you reach the “pearl of the Ionian Sea” – Soverato. In addition to the natural beauty of the area, well organised tourist facilities offer the visitor many ways to have fun, especially for the younger age group. The pleasant climate and fine pebble beaches make up the rest and confirm Soverato as a favorite with tourists from around the world who appreciate both the heritage of the ancient past and the vibrancy of the present, all in the context of good accommodation, recreation and culture.

Rome, the secret of pizza and mortazza

When in Rome, do as the Romans, goes the saying. And what do the Romans do when they are in a hurry and want to have a roadside snack? Simple, choose “pizza and mortazza”, pizza bread with bologna in other words. You can delight with this particular street food while wandering between a monument and the next one because in Rome every self-respecting bakery serves this specialty.


photo by Guido Sansoni

A piece of pizza that is very crisp, split in two to make room for fresh cut bologna. It’s cheap and it is very good, especially if accompanied by a well-chilled beer.

Those who visit the historic center must call in to the Antico Forno Roscioli for a gourmet-style pizza and mortazza. Or you can enjoy the thrill of following the three-wheeled pick-up truck Pizza and Mortazza, which moves to a different part of the city every day.

To find out if it is in your area take check out their website or simply follow their movements on twitter.

If it is evening and you have been dragged into the nightlife of San Lorenzo, the neighborhood a short walk from Termini station where the students crawl between pubs and clubs) go straight to the Piazzetta, opposite the market. It’s a pizzeria take-away open until late which also serves cocktails at popular prices.

Eye on the time, however, on weekends pizza and mortazza always comes around midnight…