Exploring the Sila Mountains
City of Cosenza located only 10 km from the Tyrenian Sea and 35 km from the Sila mountains. The city could be a base to explore the surrounding area, particularly the Sila mountains (also called the Sila Massif). Another interesting option - Camigliatello, a classical alpine village, is the most convenient spot for exploring la Sila. It is considered one of Europe's most densely wooded areas, and the most famous woods are the Bosco di Fallistro, just outside of Camigliatello. Here you'll be able to admire the giganti della Sila, trees which are over 500 years old, six feet across and 130 feet tall.
In summer you'll find tons of opportunities for hiking (try the 3-mile climb up Mount Botte Donato for simultaneous views of the Ionian and Tyrhennian Seas); in winter, they say, this is one of Italy's best cross-country skiing areas (the 10-mile run from Monte Curcio to Mount Botte Donato is the most popular). If you're persistent or lucky, you may spot a gray wolf or a golden eagle. Be sure to sample some of the local freshwater fish and, in fall, the abundant wild mushrooms. And if there's time, take a side trip to Taverna, where the church of San Domenico houses seven paintings by Calabria's most famous artist, Mattia Preti.