Going to the South of Italy, is very different than going to the North of Italy, it is almost as if , and I am sure in fact they are, different people. Probably because of the fact that the invasion of the South of Italy brought in and left the mark of the "hotter " charachteristics of the invaders through the ages.
The people you will meet, are more hospitable, almost invadingly so. Darker, harder, exasperatingly philosophical, suspicious at first, when they get to know you, they are your best friend. I advise to rent a car in one of the bigger towns, and drive down to the South
Gerace is perched 400mt above sea level. Known as the “Florence of the south” it is just 15mins away from the white sandy beaches of the Ionian Sea, the remains of Locri Epizephiri and the Magna Grecia colony. In Gerace you can breath a medieval atmosphere, with it’s lanes, the impressive Roman-Norman Cathedral (one of the greatest works of art in Europe), many Churches. All this is what makes Gerace unique. Gerace itself has been inhabited for thousands of years, but from the 9th century it became the city you see now. Step back a 1000 years in time and relive the lifestyle and culture of one of Italy’s best kept secrets.
with a good map.
On travel between the Calabrian mountains, in a great land of wonderful beauty, in a region bounded with two seas of around 800 kilometers of coast limit. cliffs and beaches unpolluted and suberb environment, traditions and ethnics has survived so long due to the generosity of the nature... Norman Douglas author of Old Calabria, maybe the best book written about the region, narrates the atmosphere of the beginning of the 19th century described with love and wonder.
There are many archeological sights around Locri, it has a fascinating Greek history,
Locri is the birth place of Zaleucus who dictated his laws creating the first written code
of laws in the western world.
Symbol of Calabria : The Riace bronzes, stupendous Greek statues dredged from the sea and exibited from the early 1980's in the MUseum of Reggio Calabria, where hundred of thousands of visitors arrive to look at it. And there are ancient ruins to be visited,a car is necessary to get around, be warned the Calabresi are good drivers but not many road rules are observed.
It is better to get a guide or a taxi to drive you around.
Signor Carmelo Libri Taxi driver and a perfect gentleman would probably be a good choice.
We were fortunate always to stay with friends and relatives.
If you stick to where the locals eat ,I can almost garantee you that in Calabria the food will always be fresh and good. The locals pride themselves in the freshness of the food they prepare. Still following old traditional ways, the food will be spicy especially their salamis, and the sweets absolutely delicious . Try locally made amarettis, San Martinis (Locri 's delicacy) icecreams and granitas.The food in Calabria is generally musch cheaper, people from all over Italy come and stock up on the delicacies.
After a hard day at the beach, basking in the sun,swimming in the warm waters of the ionic sea, getting a perfect tan, you have a light lunch go for a siesta, back to the beach until about 8 o clock in the evening, the sun probably hasnt gone down yet, and you can swim all night basically.
Nightlife starts at around 11 oclock, music dancing, eating , drinking until the samll hours of the morning all along the beach front, August is the busiest frenetic month of all, with the 15th culminating with the most spectacular fireworks on the beach.
Dress Code: The weather in Calabria in Summer is hot, it can reach above 40 deg, at night life is all about staying close to the beaches, so a lot of skin is bared , most night spots are very trendy and dress as fashionable as you can afford.