Calabria

The tradition

Calabria, the beautiful peninsula at the extreme south-west of Italy, is bordered on its three sides by the sea: the Tyrrhenian, the Ionian, the Gulf of Taranto and the Straits of Messina. Seashores show an extraordinary wide range of sights: made of rocks and beautiful sands. The warm Mediterranean sea on hot November days is an experience unique to Calabria.

The calabrian sea

The Calabrian identity is so strong that you can't help but admire it and be astonished by its strength and authenticity. Calabria is the home of hospitality, the holy value for each Calabrian, so you can be invited to a sumptuous banquet for dinner by a local family. Where you can taste culinary traditions, heritage of the Greeks, the Romans, the Normans, the Spanish and the French who lived this wonderful land.

City built on the white rocky mountains

Behind each Calabrian tradition there's a hint of simplicity. Calabria still preserves many of its traditional ways and approaches to life, creating an atmosphere of palpable authenticity. An important tradition that is still practiced by young and old, is the making of the conserva of tomatoes. Conserva means preserving tomatoes and other vegetable so that they may be eaten  even out of season.

The famous red onion of Tropea

Despite Calabria strong ties to tradition, this southern Italian region has a rich, diverse history.  The dedication to the preservation of history has impacted food, music, art, and everyday life. As one of the oldest regions in Italy, Calabria enjoys a rich Calabrians value natural foods and their fertile land, lends itself to the cultivation of tomatoes, eggplants, potatoes, artichokes, beans, onions, peppers, asparagus, melons, citrus fruits. Most famous in Calabria is the red onion from Tropea. The cultivation of the famous red Tropean onion began mainly in Parghelia and Zambrone and then spread to Tropea and Capo Vaticano and Ricadi. The sweet taste, the fleshiness and crunchiness of the red Tropean onion make it one of the most savoryand widely requested products in the world. Every year, in August, the Festival of the Red Onion is held in Ricadi, in the main village.

Fun Facts

The Italian people first colonized Calabria and this resulted in Calabria being the first region called Italy.

Did you know?

Calabria was part of the Kingdom of the two Sicilies and was ruled from from Naples up until the unification of Italy 1861.

It's so interesting that

Bergamot is a particular type of citrus. Most of the bergamot's world production is takes place in Reggio Calabria.

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