Every country has its forgotten corners, the regions ignored by visitors, the backwaters often blighted by poverty, history and geographical bad luck. Even Italy, among the most blessed of destinations, has such outposts, places that until recently were often seen only by the more well-informed travellers. Few of these overlooked destinations deser...

Cosa bevevan i nostri nonni? VINO, VINO, VINO!Cosa bevavan i nostri padri? VINO, VINO, VINO!E noi che figli siamo? Beviamo, beviamo!E noi che figli siamo? Beviam, beviam, beviam! Eh! Every night for a week in April 2022, with terracotta wine cups raised high, this lively toast was sung by a group of Calabrians and a handful of Americans and a Spani...

While at rest, the exotic figures attract a bold curiosity from even the smallest children. On the move, however, the large, otherworldly puppets not only send the wee ones fleeing for safety, but the towering effigies along with their accompanying ruckus have actually been known to frighten a former king and his entire military entourage into retr...

While the food of Calabria is predominantly what you’d think of as Italian, it also displays unique traces of French, Spanish, and Arabic influences, owing to the invasions and plunders it has endured in the past. Similar in some ways to Sicilian cuisine just south of this region, the beauty of Calabrian food really does lie in its rich history. Th...

At 15, you’re still a baby to some while to others, just old enough to know better. Usually these interested parties are relatives who carry their own reasons for either prolonging a loved one’s innocence or hurrying up their maturity. But for the forthright middle daughter of a close-knit family in filmmaker Jonas Carpignano’s tough, vibrating Ita...

New technologies have enabled us to travel even by just moving a finger on our smartphones. Here tourism has become somewhat virtual. And we have noticed it in these two years of lockdown and pandemic. Enabling it was the innovation introduced in 2007, just 15 years ago, by Google, which after changing our lives with the Maps application, launched...

The “Garden of the Gods”, so it is called the area that affects this route in the Pollino National Park, which crosses the kingdom of the loricate pine. Symbol of the Park, the pinus leucodermis is a precious botanical rarity that populates the peaks and rocky cliffs of the mountains. Now majestic and straight, now shaped by the fury of the element...

Reggio Calabria - synonymous with ancient history, entertainment and good food - is undoubtedly one of the jewels in the crown of the Italian peninsula. With its Riace bronzes, Greek walls and numerous archeological sites, Reggio Calabria is a must-see destination for anyone wishing to immerse themselves in ancient history, particularly that of Mag...

The Sotterra church at Paola was rediscovered whilst building work was being performed on the Madonna del Carmine church in 1874. Thought to be of Byzantine origin, the site contains several historically important religious murals from that time period. Archaeological evidence has indicated that the site underwent several changes before it was aban...

In Italy there are small towns with a glorious past that today have become a tourist destination such as Marina di Sibari in Calabria in the province of Cosenza. The small town is a fraction of the municipality of Cassano all’Ionio. In the past, it was an important colony of Magna Graecia. This Italian region is characterized by the presence of spl...