Calabrian Glimpses

Glimpses of southern Italy’s spectacular Calabrian region…

#Italy, #Calabria, #Lorica, #Altilia, #CoriglianoCalabro, #Pizzo, Europe

To share a few snippets of incredible countries, the glimpses series started with Chile in South America and then continued with Burmese glimpses, Italian Glimpses, English Glimpses, and Bolivian Glimpses.

These short, sharp travel posts are designed to provide a morsel, a small taste of a country you may not have visited. Although I’m digressing to destinations now and not only sharing countries. Have you been to any of the countries that I’m sharing? Let me know and share your comment below.

1. Altilia

Turning off the highway from Cosenza to Lamezia International airport, the winding narrow road climbs steeply higher in the hills until finally reaching the small quaint village of Altilia. Strangely enough, it’s like a ghost town.

Altilia, Calabria, Italy, Europe

At over 590 metres above sea level, this ancient tiny village offers sweeping stunning views across the Savuto Valley. The village’s roots date back to the tenth century, which is evident in the gorgeous stone architecture dotted throughout the village.

2. Pizzo Calabro

Evocative Pizzo Calabro offers more than the delectable Calabrese ice-cream truffle – the sublime Tartufo.

This small medieval town started its beginnings as a fort, fishing village, and community of Basilian monks back in 1300. Dating back to the 15th century and built by Ferdinand I of Aragon, ironically the castle is named after Napoleon’s brother-in-law Joachim Murat – also King of Naples for seven years.

Castello Murat, Pizzo, Calabria, Italy, Europe
Castello Murat

Calming vistas are breathtaking along the 8-kilometre-long sparkling coastline, with tiny piazzas and balconies overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea.

3. Corigliano Calabro

Nestled in almost the arch of the boot, in the province of Cosenza, beautiful and hilly Corigliano Calabro is one of Calabria’s hidden gems that don’t disappoint.

Corigliano Calabro, Calabria. Italy, Europe
Corigiliano Calabro

Corigliano Calabro’s origins are ancient and can be traced back to the Arab incursion of 977, which forced people to move to higher places – run for the hills.

Rich in art and history, you definitely need more than a day to explore this fabulous town and one of the reasons that I’ve returned several times.

4. Lorica

The lovely hamlet of Lorica in Calabria’s Sila Grande is probably a destination in Italy that’s not on a traveller’s bucket list, but more of a reason why you must visit. Ski resorts offer 24 kilometres of pristine ski slopes, which are served by 5 fully equipped ski lifts, so this is a popular winter escape with locals.

One of the largest lakes in the Sila National Park, man-made Lake Arvo was built between 1927 and 1931 to generate hydroelectricity, as part of three lakes in this wild area of the Sila.

Lake Arvo, Lorica, Sila National Park, Calabria, Italy, Europe
Lake Arvo, Sila

With a perimeter of 24 kilometres, the lake lends itself to many rowing competitions, perfect picnic spots, and lovely long walks or treks in the warmer months.

Where in Calabria?

#Italy, #Calabria, #Lorica, #Altilia, #CoriglianoCalabro, #Pizzo, Europe
Map: Google

Want to see more photos of Calabria or read more about this fantastic region in Italy? Check out posts on Calabria.

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What country or destination would you like to visit with me next? If I’ve been there, I’ll publish a post just for you, so leave me a comment.

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    1. Next time you’re in Italy, try and explore the Calabrian region. Typically, travellers explore the north then as far south as Naples/Amalfi Coast, then straight to Sicily bypassing a lot of the south. If you drive, there aren’t any tolls on the southern part of the highway, so another bonus. 😉
      Yes, it does indeed and my link explains a little on Tartufo.

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    2. It is on our radar for future visits although so far we’ve avoided driving in Italy which limits us somewhat. We have been to Apulia – Brindisi, Monopoli, Lecce – but we were able to travel around there by train 🙂 And I’ve seen quite a bit of Marche (which I love) and Umbria with a German friend who did the driving!

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    3. Sounds great!
      The transport in Calabria can be hit and miss depending on where you’re travelling to/from. I was in Cosenza and this was the hub for buses. Also a couple of train lines but the one to Rome changed at Paola around 25mins on the train. We rented a car during the time people came to visit as it was much easier to get around the sights, especially to the smaller villages.
      I haven’t driven in Italy yet, my partner does all the driving, but you have to drive like an Italian to survive. 😉

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    4. No unfortunately. He’d hoped to apply for an Italian passport post-Brexit but sadly his grandmother had to renounce her Italian citizenship during the war to avoid being put into a detention camp, so he’s not eligible.

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    5. Ah, once the line is broken it’s really tough. I tried but failed so gave up in the end.
      Both of my parents became Australian citizens before I was born so my younger brother and I were “born to Australian parents” and my 2 older sisters “were born to Italian parents” – exact words from the Italian consulate and other agencies. Both my sisters are eligible but don’t want it, I’m not eligible but do want it as I’d like to live there 6 months of the year.
      Why a detention camp? Life was tough for them back then…

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    6. ‘Why a detention camp? ‘ – Italy was an ally of Nazi Germany and therefore an enemy during WW2. Citizens of both those countries resident in the UK at the time were rounded up and put into camps as they were seen as a potential threat to national security.

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    7. Yes, there were so many reasons for detainment during such a tumultuous time.
      My mother’s family arrived in Australia from northern Italy as DPs but for 4 years before arriving, her family was shunted to many camps in Italy. 😦 My father’s situation was different as he was an economic migrant from southern Italy – they arrived in Australia in different years and met later on.

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  1. My friend Tim the compulsive traveller wants me to go to Japan with him. For lots of reasons I cannot, but would love it, I am sure. When we left China after being in Tibet we flew in a brand new 767 of JAL and everything was so sparkly clean, the staff so efficient, the food lovely. After leaving Chengdu which was then disgusting, I was thrilled! We went to Bangkok and had a week in Chieng Mai de-compressing. Managed to bump into a friend from Seattle. Brilliant photographer, Wolfgang Kaelher.

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    1. It’s a shame you can’t travel to Japan as it’s an easy country for travelling and still super clean – even the toilet seats everywhere are warmed, how civilised! But then, what would you do with all your cats? They’d shun you on your return.
      I know what you mean about travelling in a country that’s not too clean and then stopping off for a break in a clean country. I did this when travelling through Indonesia and then taking a break in Singapore to renew my visa but also to de-compress as the filth can be overwhelming.
      Wow, I didn’t know Wolfgang and just looked him up – great work! Thanks for sharing.


    1. I have found that to be true of many people in their own cities and countries. I was guilty of the same thing until moving to a different state. 😊

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  2. Your photographs are gorgeous. Italy has always appealed to me for its history but it is also very beautiful. It’s nice to know that some things men create are quite attractive, such as Lake Arvo!

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    1. Thank you, Carolyn.
      It certainly is and even after living there for 4 years, I still didn’t see everything in Calabria. I’ll be back there in July(?) as currently on the road again and in Japan right now. 🙂


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