The origins of the salumi tradition in Calabria probably date back to the times of the Greek colonisation of the Ionic Coast and the cultural and artistic splendour of Ancient Greece. It is a three thousand year old tradition, though the oldest written account comes courtesy of Varro, a Roman intellectual. He wrote of “minced meat, stuffed into cas...

You can hike for miles in the mountainous Sila plateau through dark woods of pine trees dripping with lichen and moss. With the help of a local guide, you can watch for wolves, boars, and deer as you follow streams, brooks, waterfalls, fallow fields, and caves. Nature fuels your imagination in a harsh region with a rich combination of spirituality,...

Can a nature-defying bridge across the Strait of Messina solve one of Italy's oldest, most basic and seemingly intractable problems: The stagnation and poverty of its southern regions? The divide between wealthy northern Italy and the poorest lands south of Rome – collectively known as the Mezzogiorno – has been the subject of debate ever since Ita...

Spectacular ski runs and engaging trails, where to devote yourself to ski as well as to freeriding, cross-country skiing, snow-kiting or take on an exciting off-track ride: in central and southern Italy there are many (sensational) destinations where to enjoy snow sports. The most renowned destinations include Gran Sasso and Mount Etna, Aspromonte...

Natural forms and the curves of baroque architecture inspired Mario Cucinella architects‘ design of this organic-shaped church in Italy. Located in the Calabrian hill town of Mormanno, overlooking Pollino National Park, the new parish church of Santa Maria Goretti also features a cross incision on the front façade and a four-leaf clover plan.  The...

Calabria—the southwesternmost region of Italy—lies between the Ionian and Tyrrhenian Seas. The region includes the provinces of Catanzaro, Reggio Calabria, Cosenza, Crotone, and Vibo Valentia. Compared to other parts of Italy that have been plagued with over-tourism, this historically and culturally rich region has largely remained off-the-beaten-p...

Calabria, Campania, Puglia, Sicily, Greece, Egypt, Israel and Turkey are the underwater archaeological sites of European cultural itinerary "Mediterranean Underwater Cultural Heritage" to be presented on November 26 during the Mediterranean conference on underwater archaeological tourism at the Mediterranean Bourse of Archaeological Tourism in Paes...

An essential dessert on Italian tables at Christmas, torrone (nougat) is a speciality with very ancient origins. According to some Roman hirstorians and writers such as Titus Livius and Martial, in ancient Rome, there was a very similar recipe called cupedia or cupeto. It is the same name by which nougat is known in Irpinia, coincidence? Absolutely...

For centuries, Italy was the preferred destination for poetically-minded nobles from across northern Europe. The “grand tour” was an exercise in communing with the ancient Roman world at a time when it was considered the height of culture to contemplate its romantically crumbling relics and vine-clad temples. But these “grand trippers” gave little...

A recent research shows how the ancient forests of the Pollino, which lie between Basilicata and Calabria and have been a UNESCO-recognized World Heritage Site since 2017, resist extreme events caused by the changing climate such as prolonged periods of drought and rising average temperatures better than other ecosystems. The centuries-old trees of...