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“Pure Relaxation”
Review of Calabria

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Swindon
1 review
4 helpful votes
“Pure Relaxation”
Reviewed 21 October 2006

hello again, i have just come back from spending a month in calabria with family. In a place called villagio, near pizzo. I think this is a brilliant place to go, for a becah holiday, sun and relaxing in the evening. Lovely weather and hot nights. Beautiful mountain scenery and stunning coastal views. This is a perfect holiday !!! With water parks near by and shopping malls in a short car journey, lovely food, lusious wine and the sun, what more could you want. Highly Recommended, any questions please ask !!!

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Malta
1 review
11 helpful votes
“Fantastic Calabria”
Reviewed 29 April 2005

I ve visited several countries around the world but I loved a particular region in southern Italy that is Calabria.
Calabria is what I call a new home. The people are lovely...they treat you as an italian or better as a local in all ways.
During a visit in Scilla a lovely seaside village in Calabria we had the possibility to meet two old ladies in a particular way. One asked us to try her melanzane, eggplants...they were exquisite...then she told us to go over to her restaurant in the evning and she offered a lovely three course meal and a bottle of DOC white wine for only 14 euros each !!! You can image what a treat it was.
The second lady we met needed someone to help her with the eyedrops. I have to admit I was a bit afraid to go in her house and put her the eyedrops but my friend just did it and she wanted to pay her.Since my friend refused the money, she gave us a full box of delicious Perugina chocolates...mmmmm
Apart from these two women who treated us both for food and for dessert, Calabria offers it all.It has wonderful beaches and snowy mountains.The boys are really really sexy and the choice of ice cream is infinite...Ah if you love shopping I suggest Reggio Calabria for the latest trends and the best brands :)))

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NYC
1 review
22 helpful votes
“Forget Tuscany go to Calabria”
Reviewed 5 April 2004

We have gone to Rome, Venice, Florence, Pisa, Naples, Amalfi coast, Capri, Barga, Lucca etc and nothing is as nice and inexpensive as Calabria. Listening and speaking to the Arbereshe is music to my ears.
You can stay in Civita for about 25 dollars a night with a full breakfast. The hotel overlooks a deep crevice and and you can see to the ocean. On the left is a mountain with wild goats scampering about, on the right a road that leads to Civita and to the rear cows grazing.There are at least three very good hotels to stay at Gran Canyon which looks like a Swiss chalet, a small hotel in town called D'quila and a brank new one that will open within the month that looks like a Spanish villa in an olive grove overlooking the famous Devils Bridge. Stunning scenery and great food. Short bus trips to Cosenza, Cassano, Spezzano Albanese, Frascineto, Porcile, and all the other little Arbereshe towns. You can visit castles until you become an expert in castles. Each town has a history and Civita has an Arbereshe meuseum, Frascineto has the largest Arbereshe library in Italy run by Father Bellusci and Arbereshe meuseum. If you go try to go during Easter when they get dressed up in Arberesh costumes and sing and dance. The outfits are beautiful. If you are really interested in the Arbereshe and have some sort of history then I suggest you type in Alicia Bodily and see what she has uncovered about the towns listed above. Let me know what you think.Go in Sept and you may be asked to cut grapes from the vines, beat walnuts out of trees, pick prickly pears off cactus, make wine and of course drink it. By the way the wine does not have an after tast as we have in America. For the US market the wines has preservatives in and it will tast funny. Home made wine does not have any and you can drink and not think about the taste.
Everyone makes wine. If you go and stay more than 7 days you will never come back. Very little snow too.Vincent

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new york, ny
1 review
12 helpful votes
“The Other Italy”
Reviewed 3 March 2004

I am pleased and surprised at the new and growing interest in the south of Italy. Calabria.Not so long ago,when leaving on my annual visit into the foothills of the Sila mountain rangebelow Cosenza, I would have to point to a map to ease the puzzelment of friends. Where? What`s there? What`s there is some of the most stunning vistas in all of Italy.Valleys, forests,lakes,soaring mountain villages that disappear into clouds.Wild life and wild flowers.Lemons as big as grapefruits,grapes so full of sun and sugar it makes you gasp with surprise and pleasure. Then the Calabrese themselves.Courteous,dignified,incredibly hospitable and quick to aid the visitor. Did I mention the smoked meats and fresh cheeses still oozing milk!I am running out of space here , but I think you get the message. Calbria is fabulous!!

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New York City, NY
1 review
19 helpful votes
“My One Week Calabrian Itinerary”
Reviewed 19 December 2003

My One Week Calabrian ItineraryYou cannot miss the villa Mazzini of Palmi a park promenade that over looks the Tryannian sea. It has views of the volcanic Eolian Islands to the west, the tip of Sicily to the south and Capo Vaticano to the north.You must explore Reggio Calabria. A most interesting place is the Lungomare Matteotti (the promenade), with its vegetation and several Greek and Roman remains, described by D'Annunzio as `the most beautiful kilometer in Italy'. Make your way, we guarantee that you won't regret it, to Cesare s, for the best gelato in Italy.You have to take a guided tour around Gerace- on the Ionian coast - the Florence of Calabria and discover the history of this delightful city where the Palazzo Garmaldi and the 12th century Byzantine-Norman cathedral are located.One cannot miss having a picnic on the pebble beach at Gioia Tauro and watch the majestic ships make their way into the second largest port in Mediterranean.You must visit the local ceramic producers and artisans in Seminara and buy the malocchio masks (to ward off the evil eye).You ll enjoy learning about Calabrian olive oil at a private tasting given by the owners of Ponte Vecchio Olive orchards, one of the region's best producers, while sipping some strong homemade wine.If it s the last thing you do, you must visit scenic Tropea and Capo Vaticano in the province of Vibo Valentia.Have fun and go snorkeling /diving or horse back riding at Palmi s la tunara resort beach.If you love swordfish you must go sword fish hunting or see how local tradesmen build and repair boats in scenic Scilla.You ll be in for an adventure when you go trekking/rock climbing in the Calabrian Aspromonte National Park.You ll be sorry if you miss visiting glorious Taormina, Sicily at the base of mount Etna. A simple ferry boat ride across the straight of Messina from Villa San Giovanni will get you there.Two of Europe s active volcano s are a few hours from each other. You must take a ferry boat from Villa San Giovanni and explore the Aeolian Islands of Vulcano and Stomboli.Try your street smarts and negotiating techniques through the Gioia Tauro street market on Viale Don Struzo every Monday from 8Am to 1PM.Impress your friends back home by taking a cooking class in traditional Calabrian cuisine.You must listen for and jump out of bed to buy the fresh catch of the day from the traveling Gioiatana Piscattara (fish lady) who yells out the fresh catch of the day in the Calabrian dialect as she travels from neighborhood to neighborhood. Similarly the fruit - veggie man and fresh ricotta man driving by in their 3 wheel ape and megaphone in hand barking out the fresh merchandize of the day.

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