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Cheap flights to Calabria

Considered the ‘toe of Italy’s boot’ - in reference to its southern location on the boot-shaped map of Italy - the region of Calabria isn’t top of mind when it comes to an idyllic European vacation, but that’s precisely why it is the place to go for the savvy traveller. Less burdened by English-speaking tourists (and the commercialisation that usually follows said tourists), Calabria has ma-naged to retain much of its old-world charm and unspoilt natural beauty. Enjoyed mostly by Ita-lians and Germans, this region with its 780 kilometres of perfect Mediterranean coastline is a well-kept secret reserved only for the more informed.

Bordered by the crystal clear Ionian and Tyrrhenian Seas, Calabria is a seaside dream with its warm blue waters, rocky coasts and golden sand beaches. Besides the typical sun, sea and sand attractions, though, the region also boasts a grand total of three mountain ranges. Though most famous for its coastal beauty, the wilderness in Calabria’s hinterland is also widely regarded for its amazing ability to grow high-quality plants (that are required for the making of essential oils and to flavour tea).

Getting around

Although there are a number of free buses that link certain airports with more popular towns, public transport in Calabria is generally not well-developed (as of November 2014). As such, it is probably best to acquire a rental vehicle.

What to see and do

Once a part of the historic Magna Graecia (Great Greece) region with its powerful Greek conque-rors, remnants of Calabria’s past can be seen today in the region’s prized Greek relics as well as ancient structures from its historic heyday. For a better understanding and appreciation of Cala-bria’s colourful past, few other places are as informative as the region’s most populated city, Reggio Calabria. Once the site of Rhegion - a historic Greek town - Reggio Calabria is today home to one of the best archaeological museums in Italy, the Museo Nazionale di Reggio. It holds the famed Riace Bronze statues - a pair of mysterious and magnificent warriors carved from bronze that were recovered from the seabed near the coastal town, with few clues as to their identity or sculptor - together with other historic artefacts from its days as a Greek and Ro-man colony.

But for a real coastal dream vacation, Tropea is the place to be. Located in the province of Vibo Valentia in southern Calabria, Tropea combines the drama of tall coastal cliffs with the beauty of crystal clear waters - in varying shades of blue and green - and golden sands. One of the most gorgeous seaside resorts Italy has to offer, Tropea sits on the ‘Coast of the Gods’ - a stretch of coast along the Tyrrhenian Sea - but takes itself a notch above other coastal towns by sitting high above the lapping waves on a tall cliff, providing unrivalled scenery into the wide open sea.

Flights to Calabria

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