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Calabria ItalyCalabria Map

Major Cities in Calabria:

Vibo Valentia
Reggio Calabria

The region situated at Italy’s toe, Calabria is a largely undeveloped area covering about 6,000 square miles. It is blessed with a beautiful, long coastline but is mostly a mountainous region, covered by the Pollino, La Sila, and Aspromonte ranges. As a matter of fact, the Pollino Mountains serve to separate Calabria from the rest of Italy.

This rugged region is home to 2 million inhabitants, most of whom make their living in agriculture. Grapes and citrus fruits are abundant, especially in the low slopes, and olives and chestnut trees can be found in the higher regions.

Worth a look is the La Sila range, home to the former National Park of Calabria, now known as the National Park of Sila. Established in 1997, this beautiful park encompasses the wildest parts of Calabria and provides landscapes that are unmatched through the rest of the region. In addition, the park is home to a number of rural and tourist villages that are fun to explore and provide a glimpse at the cultural heritage of the area and its friendly people.

The ports of Calabria also play a role in the region’s economy and in tourism. Reggio di Calabria is the main port for ferry service to Sicily, which is separated from the region by the Strait of Messina. Reggio is home to some notable ancient Greek statuary and is the largest and oldest city in the region. However, the city has suffered much both due to natural disasters such as earthquakes and at the hands of organized crime. Efforts continue to curb the corruption. Sites to visit in Calabria Italy include a cathedral, remains of Roman baths, a 6th century castle, and a town art gallery.