This region is on the ‘toe’ of the Italian boot, close to Campania, Basilicata, and Sicily, located just across the Messina Strait.
Calabria is surrounded by both the Tyrrhenian and the Ionian Sea. Both coasts hold some hidden gems, especially when it comes to unspoiled beaches and lush mountains with villages facing the sea.
Here you’ll live nothing less than the ultimate authentic Italian escape.
Calabria is the perfect destination for the visitor looking to discover a lesser-known region of Italy, but don’t want to miss out on the opportunity to make the most of the dolce vita vibe!
As a part of Italy that has it all, with this Calabria itinerary you’ll learn how to get here as well as how to spend 7 days on the Coast of the Gods.
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Calabria Italy Itinerary
Calabria has nothing to envy of the more tourist-oriented destinations of South Italy such as Sicily, Sardinia, Campania, and Puglia.
Instead, you can spend time visiting historical villages and relaxing at the beach without being stressed by the presence of too many tourists.
Where is Calabria Italy?
Calabria is a region based in the south of Italy and, more precisely, at the toe of the Italian boot. Its capital city is Catanzaro and other important cities are: Lamezia Terme, Cosenza, Crotone and Reggio Calabria.
This region is bathed by the Tyrrhenian and Ionic Seas and bordered by the Basilicata region. The strait of Messina is separating Calabria from Sicily.
Thousands of visitors visit Calabria every year for its stunning beaches, its rustic yet delicious cuisine, and archaeological sites dating back to the Magna Graecia period.
What is Calabria known for?
Calabria is famous for its 500 kilometers of coastline with pristine turquoise waters and sandy or rocky beaches.
The coasts are dotted by lovely fishing villages nestled between the Appennini mountains and facing the Tyrrhenian or Ionic Sea.
The Coast of the Gods with the popular Tropea attracts most of the national and international region’s tourism.
Calabria is also known for its spicy and robust cuisine, with local products known all over the world such as the ‘nduja and the red Tropea onion.
The region also boasts a very long history and back in the day, ancient Greeks and Romans built incredible temples and entire cities on this land.
Similar to Pompeii or Rome, you can still visit the ruins and admire its remains, such as the Riace bronzes. It is a truly spectacular region!
Is Calabria worth visiting?
Calabria is an underrated region in Southern Italy, but definitely worth visiting. Especially when looking for an off-the-beaten-path experience.
Read our reasons to turn Calabria into your next Italian escapade:
There are hundreds more reasons to visit Calabria, but before we get into our itinerary let’s look at some information on safety in Calabria.
Is Calabria safe?
The crime rate is low in Calabria, and for this reason, is a safe place to visit. We even wrote a guide on safety in Calabria to clarify this.
You shouldn’t feel concerned about safety during your trip at any time. Even though Calabria is still affected by ‘ndrangheta (local mafia) crimes, the crime rate has dramatically decreased over the past years.
Additionally, their operations have nothing to do with tourists.
We suggest being particularly careful when driving around the region. Also, be extra careful and remember not to leave any valuables in the car.
How to Get to Calabria?
In Calabria there are two small airports: Lamezia Terme airport and Reggio Calabria airport.
Lamezia Terme is the most important one and is not only serving flights from many cities around Italy like Rome, Milan, and Venice Treviso but also from other parts of Europe.
In fact, there are flights arriving from big cities like London and Frankfurt. The Reggio Calabria airport is only serving domestic flights.
Depending on where you plan to start your Calabria itinerary, you can decide to choose either one or the other.
Maybe you are in a place like Venice already and want to start there?
Then arriving at Reggio Calabria airport would definitely be the best choice for you. But if you want to start from the north of Calabria, just opt for Lamezia Terme International Airport instead.
See these airport transfers for helping you get to and from Tropea.
You can arrive via other airports in the nearby regions like Naples Capodichino airport in Campania or Bari airport in Puglia.
Those airports are better connected with European cities. From there you can rent a car, and drive down to Calabria which is an option for the adventurous ones who prefer to do road trips in Italy.
You’ll find better car rental prices from bigger airports like the one in Naples instead of Lamezia Terme, so take into consideration picking up your car here and driving to your desired places in Calabria.
Just so you know, the Naples-Reggio Calabria (Autostrada A3) motorway is the only motorway in the Italian peninsula completely free of charge.
Can you travel around Calabria without renting a car?
The answer is yes! You can quite easily get to (almost) all the destinations we are going to mention in this Calabria itinerary by train.
7 Days in Calabria Italy
This itinerary features the best Calabria destinations to visit and you’ll learn how to visit them with a suggested amount of time in each place:
Scilla (3 days)
Bagnara Calabra > Chianalea
Scilla is one of the most popular beach destinations in Calabria and a traditional fishing village tucked in the mountains.
The Calabrian town is divided into three areas: