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Nestled at the southernmost tip of Italy lies the picturesque region of Calabria, often referred to as the "toe" of the boot-shaped peninsula. With Catanzaro as its capital city and bordered by the crystalline waters of the Ionian and Tyrrhenian seas, Calabria is a land of timeless beauty and hidden treasures.

Despite its proximity to the vibrant island of Sicily, separated only by the legendary Strait of Messina, Calabria remains a relatively undiscovered gem, its allure enhanced by its remote location and lack of major airports. Yet, for those willing to venture off the beaten path, Calabria reveals a wealth of cultural riches and natural wonders that rival those of more well-known destinations.

From the mesmerizing Riace Bronzes housed within the walls of the National Museum of Reggio Calabria—an archaeological marvel dating back to ancient Greece—to the breathtaking landscapes of its national parks, such as the rugged peaks of the La Sila mountains and the sprawling expanse of the Pollino National Park, Calabria offers a tapestry of experiences that cater to history buffs, nature enthusiasts, and intrepid adventurers alike. The latter, renowned as the largest national park in Italy, teems with diverse flora and fauna, providing a sanctuary for a myriad of species amidst its untamed wilderness.

While Calabria's stunning beaches—like the acclaimed Capo Vaticano, lauded as one of the world's top 100 beaches—may steal the spotlight, the region's culinary scene is equally deserving of attention. Renowned for its fiery cuisine, Calabria delights the palate with bold, spicy flavours that reflect its vibrant culture and abundant natural bounty. Among its culinary treasures, Nduja reigns supreme—a fiery, spreadable pork salami that adds a punch of heat to any dish, capturing the essence of Calabrian cuisine in every bite. Calabria is also olive oil made predominantly from indigenous olive varietals such as Carolea, Ottobratica, and Sinopolese, Calabrian olive oil reflects the unique terroir of the region, characterized by rocky soils, ample sunshine, and a temperate Mediterranean climate.

Yet, perhaps one of Calabria's best-kept secrets lies in its wine heritage. Dating back to ancient Greek times, Calabria boasts a rich winemaking tradition that continues to thrive amidst its sun kissed vineyards. While lesser known on the international stage, Calabrian wines like Gaglioppo for reds and Greco Bianco for whites offer a glimpse into the region's vinicultural legacy, characterized by a unique terroir and centuries-old craftsmanship.

Despite its modest production compared to other Italian regions, Calabria's wines stand as a testament to its enduring spirit and dedication to quality. With each sip, wine enthusiasts can taste the essence of Calabria making it a hidden gem waiting to be discovered.

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