Journey Across the Ancient Villages of Calabria

“Journey Across the Ancient Villages of Calabria – Food and Culture Tour”, an eight-day journey across the flavors, history and traditions of Calabria.”

Journey Across the Ancient Villages of Calabria

An eight-day journey across the flavors, history and traditions of Calabria. From the villages of Pollino to the green highlands of the Sila, from Cosenza – the Athens of Calabria, to the Byzantine Rossano, we will guide you to discover the local traditional cuisine and the best Calabrian wines.

From the villages of Pollino to the green highlands of the Sila, from Cosenza – the Athens of Calabria, to the Byzantine Rossano, we will guide you to discover the local traditional cuisine and the best Calabrian wines.

Rates

Starting from €1,000 – Price per person based on double occupancy

The package includes:

  • Assistant at the airport
  • Transfers by GT bus
  • Accompanist during the entire duration of the trip
  • Accommodation in double rooms in a 4 * hotel
  • Welcome cocktail
  • Professional tour guides
  • Tour as scheduled
  • Meals as scheduled, Luggage and medical insurance
  • 24-hour telephone assistance

 

The packages does not include :

  • Anything not expressly indicated in “services included”
  • Entrance Fee to Museums or similar
  • Drinks, tips and local taxes

DAY 1 – WELCOME TO CALABRIA

  • Arrival at Lamezia Terme airport, transfer to Cosenza by GT Bus Service. Welcome buffet meal with typical Calabrian products. Accommodation in the rooms, dinner at the hotel.

DAY 2 – DISCOVERING COSENZA, THE ATHENS OF CALABRIA

  • Breakfast at the hotel. Guided visit to the old part of the city (The Svevo Castle and the historical center, one of the largest in Italy), cooking show, local wine and food tasting.
  • Free afternoon. Dinner in hotel.
  • Evening walk with tour guide along the MAB (Open Air Museum Bilotti) where you can enjoy works by artists such as Dalì, Modigliani, De Chirico and others.


DAY 3 – THE AREA OF ANCIENT SIBARYS, FROM THE MAGNA GRAECIA TO THE BYZANTINES

  • Breakfast at the hotel. Departure for Rossano with a tour guide. Visit of the Byzantine city of Rossano, where one of the most important sacred manuscripts of Christian culture was written and kept, the Codex Rossanensis (6th century).
  • Lunch in a historical cellar (since 1957) which prepares popular dishes using ancient recipes and local products.
  • In the afternoon, visit of the Amarelli Museum, the second most visited private museum in Italy, which has been preparing its most popular liquorice in the world for over 500 years in its family’s family.
  • Return to Cosenza and dinner at the hotel.


DAY 4 – VISIT OF THE SILA NATIONAL PARK, THE “GRAN BOSCO D’ITALIA”

  • Breakfast at the hotel. Free morning.
  • Departure at 12.00 with a tour guide for the Sila, a little man-made area where prairies and herds alternate with lakes and thick woods in a beautiful landscape.
  • Lunch in a farmhouse with an educational farm and demonstration of the processing of dairy products following ancient traditions, handed down from generation to generation.
  • Visit with a tour guide to the Cupone Visit Center (biodiversity museum, botanical garden and wildlife trail).
  • Return to Cosenza and dinner at the hotel.


DAY 5 – EXPERIENCES OF LOCAL LIFE AMONG THE VILLAGES OF POLLINO

  • Breakfast at the hotel. Departure for Altomonte with a tour guide. Visit to the beautiful town, one of the “most beautiful villages in Italy“, with a view that sweeps from the Pollino mountains to the Mediterranean Sea (Gothic cathedral, Civic Museum, alleys of the historic center).
  • Transfer to Lungro, the capital of the Albanians in Italy, with a short stop to visit the Church of Acquaformosa, entirely painted in mosaic by a local artist.
  • Lunch in a sixteenth-century house where you can breathe culture and hospitality, handmade pasta and DOF products (Denomination of Family Origin). “Rite of the mate” that in Lungro takes place from the late 1800s with ancient music of the arberia.
  • Return to Cosenza and dinner at the hotel.


DAY 6 – A WALK THROUGH CELLARS AND VILLAGES AROUND COSENZA

  • Breakfast at the hotel. Free morning.
  • Departure with a tour guide for one of the wineries of the district where, between rows and barrels, the producers will tell how a great wine is born – brunch in the cellar with tasting of wines and local and genuine products.
  • Transfer to Mendicino, visit the Silk Museum and the historic center of this beautiful village where you can breathe the tranquility typical of the Calabrian life.
  • Return to Cosenza and dinner at the hotel.


DAY 7 – BETWEEN A VILLAGE AND ANOTHER, A DAY ON THE TYRRHENIAN SEA

  • Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Cleto with a tour guide, visit of the ancient village. According to the findings it can be said that it has been inhabited since the time of Magna Graecia. Today almost totally uninhabited it is becoming one of the most beautiful places to visit thanks to the contribution of citizens who have given new life, cleanliness and beauty to this abandoned village that repopulates during the summer when the emigrants return to their native country.
  • Transfer to Coreca for a regenerating bath in the Tyrrhenian Sea in one of the typical views of the coast, where rock and sand meet the sea.
  • Lunch in a restaurant based on strictly fresh fish.
  • In the afternoon visit of the historical center of Fiumefreddo  Bruzio, a cultural and artistic center of great importance in southern Italy with an aperitif on a  panoramic terrace overlooking the sea.
  • Return to Cosenza and dinner at the hotel.


DAY 8 – GOODBYE CALABRIA

  • Breakfast at the hotel. Departure with a guide to Lamezia Terme airport.

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