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Area Grecanica e Golfo di Squillace

Unique flavours and breath-taking views await you

From Bivongi to Catanzaro Lido,
unique flavours and breath-taking views await you.

 
Stop - 70 km

Bivongi - Piazza del Popolo, 11 - Bivongi, RC • Mappa Vai alla mappa
Stilo - Via Cattolica - Stilo, RC • Mappa Vai alla mappa
Badolato - Corso Umberto I, 1 - Badolato, CZ • Mappa Vai alla mappa
Soverato - Via Cristoforo Colombo - Soverato, CZ • Mappa Vai alla mappa
Caminia di Stalettì - SP124 - Caminia, CZ • Mappa Vai alla mappa
Copanello - Via Lido, 2 - Copanello, CZ • Mappa Vai alla mappa
Catanzaro Lido - Via Lungomare Stefano Pugliese, 359 - Catanzaro, CZ • Mappa Vai alla mappa

Suitable for all
Accessible by car
Spring/Summer/Autumn
 

The route follows the Costa dei Gelsomini (Jasmine Coast), where the scent of the sea breeze mingles with the sweet aroma of the flower that gives its name to this strip of land hugged by the Ionian Sea. The area comprises of 42 villages ranging from low and sandy beaches to cliffs overlooking the sea which serve as the perfect starting point to discover authentic places that continue to bring legends and traditions to life.

 

Bivongi is one of them.
 It was founded in the year 1000 at the foot of Mount Consolino, where it was surrounded by incomparable natural treasures such as the Marmarico Falls, one of the highest waterfalls in Italy. Its curious name (originally meaning slow or heavy) originates from an Italian dialect. It probably alluded to the constantly flowing water which appeared to be immobile among the rocks.
Bivongi is also known for being the village of longevity, where some residents are over 100 years old and a good number are aged between 90 and 100 years.
Visitors staying in the village will have the opportunity to meet some of the residents and perhaps even share a drink or two with Teresa, otherwise known as Miss Tranquillezza (Miss Relaxed) by the locals.

 
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A few kilometres from Bivongi are Stilo and its Cattolica (Catholic Church). The church is one of the main landmarks of the Byzantine period in Calabria and one of the major monuments of the region that has remained miraculously intact. This religious building situated just a stone’s throw from the town on the slopes of Mount Consolino may be small, but its expressive beauty, which is an example of the typical Byzantine architectural tradition, earns it a place among the most remarkable Calabrian monuments.
Stilo is one of the most popular and beautiful towns in Calabria thanks to its historical richness and monuments, its millenary culture, and the numerous events it hosts throughout the year, which make a pleasant surprise for its many visitors.
The old town and the nearby village are surrounded by a maze of narrow streets of adjoining houses which almost seem to be propping each other up. Visitors can also admire the plethora of enchantingly poetic courtyards and small gardens, majestic noble palaces, beautiful churches and, of course, the surrounding walls with towers and city gates. The walls give Stilo the appearance of a typical medieval town and make it one of the most beautiful villages in Italy.
 
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Another village slightly further inland is Badolato, or the village of angels, where tourists may choose to stop. This charming medieval village allows visitors to immerse themselves in the Byzantine atmosphere and get lost in the many characteristic alleyways and ancient cellars, which the locals refer to as catoja.
In addition, the rites of Holy Week which, in just a few hours, portray a millennia-worth of history, folklore, and spirituality are an unmissable event.
Thanks to a policy to promote hospitality and the restoration of historic buildings, Badolato is a popular destination for holiday-makers from northern Europe, who often decide to buy houses in the village to use as holiday homes.
In recent years Badolato has also become a hotel town, thanks to several tourism entrepreneurs working in the network. Visitors can now experience Calabria at its most authentic: not just as a holiday destination, but as an opportunity to learn about the lifestyles and passion of the area.

 
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As you return to the sea, you will encounter the town of Soverato, also known as the pearl of the Ionian Sea. It is one of the most stunning locations along this coastline, where the crystal clear sea is bathed in the sun almost all year round. Soverato offers many historical and artistic attractions, especially in the old part of the village which houses, among other things, an archaeological site unearthed by the ruins of the 1783 earthquake.
Its bay, situated in the middle of the expansive Gulf of Squillace, is truly enchanting and you need only move a few dozen metres away from the shoreline to enjoy a deep, in some places abyss-like, seabed which is home to a multitude of seahorse and needlefish colonies.

 
Area Grecanica e Golfo di Squillace
 
Continuing along the route you will arrive at Caminìa di Stalettì, a renowned seaside resort situated on the stretch of coastline known as the Costa degli Aranci (the Orange Coast). The beach at Caminìa consists of a soft expanse of golden sand surrounded by a granite cliff that stretches out into the water at both ends of the beach to create a striking and uniquely beautiful landscape. The beach of Caminìa is enclosed by the so-called cliff of Torrazzo, an imposing granite cliff that rises from the sea to the sky, giving a spectacular backdrop.
 
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In the bay of Caminìa tourists can explore a variety of archaeological finds, the watchtower, and the lime kilns, which date back to ancient times and attest to the historical value of the location which has long been chosen as a safe mooring place.
 Between Caminìa and Copanello, the famous Vasche di Cassiodoro, where the ancient Romans bred moray eels and whose seabed consists of characteristic white sand, is an ideal place to visit.
 Just a stone's throw from Caminìa is the beautiful Scolacium Archaeological Park of Roccelletta di Borgia, which lets visitors journey back to centuries past.

 
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Copanello Lido, or the Precious Stone of the Costa degli Aranci, is one of the most well-known seaside resorts in Calabria. It is characterised by its spacious golden beach which briefly gives way to a picturesque cliff on which the town stands. The stunning sea with its sandy, sloping seabed is ideal for long swims. In the town of Copanello, the famous cave of San Gregorio is well worth a visit.

 
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The tour of this part of Calabria ends in Catanzaro Lido, a bona fide city centre by the sea where you can make the most of the lively sea front and the delicacies of the many bars serving traditional dishes.
The beach at Catanzaro Lido is one of the most beautiful urban beaches in Calabria. As it curves along the coastline it appears to be hugged by the buildings that rise just a stone’s throw away from the shore. The colours of the beach’s small grey pebbles also seem to perfectly enhance the cement of the houses just opposite.
In addition to its typical seaside character, the urban area of Catanzaro Lido boasts many religious buildings and monuments of historical and cultural significance, including the Anchor, an imposing monument consisting of a concrete structure and a huge bronze anchor about 6 metres tall, which is situated on the sea front and is dedicated to those who died at sea; the 30-metre tall Tonnina Tower, which was part of the Ledoga, a factory that produced Tannins and from which the tower takes its name; and finally a circular buoy with a 6 metre diameter which is located on the seafront of Gutta and is used for mooring fishing boats.

 
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