is a fascinating region located at the very south of Italy and surrounded
by the sea. Because of its long and narrow shape, every place in the
territory is not more than 50 Kilometers far from the sea. It is mainly a
Wonderful woods (Calabria has three natural parks) alternate with ca. 700
Km of coast. The mountains are home to a spectacular vegetation including
rare varieties such as the Bosnian Pine. The coastline alternates between
rugged cliffs and sandy beaches and the sea, with its wonderful colours
and its clear crystal waters, has no reason to envy the Caribbean.
Calabria is not a rich region. Industries are not its main source of
economical richness. Calabria’s richness is the beauty of its natural
scenery. Its unspoilt countryside and mild climate provide an excellent
setting for people wishing to relax, to have a great choise of leisure
activities while being in contact with nature.
Tourism and agriculture provide indeed the most important source of wealth
for the Calabresi. Tourism has increased over the years on the coastline
as well as in the mountains. Agriculture has an endless list of world
famous products to offer: olives, red onions, grapes, citrus fruits are
just a little example. Of great importance is the cultivation of
bergamotto (Citrus bergamia Risso) and cedro (Citrus medica); from their
peel some essential oils are obtained which are used in the industrial
production of perfumes, sweeties, liqueurs.
The history of Calabria tells about periods of great splendour as the
Magna Grecia period (of which there is much evidence if you visit a museum)
and very hard times characterized by long periods of emigration. If you
talk with a Calabrese, he will surely tell you that he has cousins in
Argentina, USA, Australia or somewhere else.
And what about the people of Calabria? They are friendly, spontaneous,
they enjoy talking and meeting people from other countries. Probably, the
best way to define them is by using the words of a popular Calabrian song
which says: “ Everybody says that the Calabresi’s head is hard as a wall
but their heart is big as the sea.”