Calabria is located in the centre of the Mediterranean, the region extends southwards from Basilicata and is shaped like a small peninsula surrounded by the Ionian and Tyrrhenian seas. It is separated from Sicily by the Strait of Messina.
All over the territory, the region shows plenty of evidence of ancient civilizations dating back to prehistoric times, to the settlements of the Bruzi and to the great era of Magna Graecia. Its artistic heritage is witnessed by buildings, churches, castles, archaeological areas, precious sculptures, bas-reliefs and paintings.
Among these are the Riace Bronzes, the two stupendous Greek statues dredged from the sea and exhibited, from the early 1980s, in the Museo Nazionale della Magna Grecia in Reggio Calabria. Thanks to the irresistible attraction exercised by the two masterpieces (one of which is attributed to Fidia, the master Greek sculptor of the fifth century B. C.), hundreds of thousands of visitors arrived in Calabria.
And in this way many of them finally discovered, as a joyous and marvellous surprise, a beautiful country. The unsurpassable beauty of nature stands out not only in the almost 800 kilometers of coastline lined with beautiful beaches and clear blue sea, but also in the wilder mountainous areas and the plains with their citrus orchards and centuries-old olive groves.
Calabria is also a region of tradition and folklore. There are deeply-rooted religious traditions celebrating a form of Catholicism often mixed of paganism. It is also important to remind its genuine and imaginative cuisine, the result of an unusual mixture of the culinary traditions of the peoples who have inhabited the region throughout the centuries.