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Experience the beauty of Southern Italy with Transat

With Transat’s 2019 packages to Southern Italy, land in Lamezia and follow the coast down to Tropea and Capo Vaticano, caught between dramatic cliffs and a crystal-blue sea, and unravel Herculean legends, chase the perfect sunset, and taste the dolce vita in its purest form.

Lamezia Your Way

Lamezia opens the door to Southern Italy’s underrated gems, like Reggio di Calabria’s beaches and Dino Island’s fascinating blue cave. From Calabria, head to the Greek temples and volcanoes of Sicily, or travel to the heel of Italy’s boot – Matera’s ancient cave dwellings and Puglia’s pristine white sands are well worth the detour.

Couples Retreat

Luxuriate with your sweetheart at the Terme di Caronte sulphurous mineral springs that have been a place of healing and comfort for wayfarers, soldiers, and messengers since Ancient Greece. Let the Castello Normanno Svevo, an ensemble of ruins high on a hill, capture your imagination. Built at the end of the 9th century, heavily damaged over the years by earthquakes, and then abandoned in the 1700s, the castle lends itself to picturing the romance of a bygone era.

Kid-Friendly Fun

Kids love running through the hundreds of hectares of olive groves and vineyards at the Azienda Agricola Statti, not to mention visiting the 600 dairy cows on the premises. Three or four calves are born here each day, making for an extra special experience. A half hour’s drive takes you to Pizzo Calabro, where the whole family can enjoy the spectacular Calabrian seaside. Be sure to have a taste of this town’s most famous export—tartufo ice cream.

Travelling with Friends

Visiting Calabria—a swath of land between two stunning bodies of water—without dipping your toes in both the Ionian and the Tyrrhenian seas would be missing out on one of its greatest features. The best beaches are the Ionian Pietragrande and the Caminia, while Tropea and Diamante are Tyrrhenian hot spots.

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Sights

The Malta Bastion is a watchtower built in 1550 as part of a defence system along the Tyrrhenian coast against Turkish invaders. Several tower ruins exist in the area, but this one offers a spectacular view of the gulf and appears on Lamezia’s coat of arms.

The Diocesan Museum houses mainly paintings and other works from the 17th and 18th centuries, but the museum’s most famous piece is a 12th-century ivory jewellery box from the Arab-Norman collection.

Restaurants

Alla Pentolaccia is yet to be overrun by tourists, so the ones who do dine here are treated like kings. This family-run restaurant’s papà showers foreign guests with affection and insists they sample the region’s specialties, like Morzello Calabrese, while mamma cooks in the back kitchen.

Novecento is the area’s most highly rated restaurant and offers a taste of 100% southern cuisine. A favourite among Italian diners is the Millefoglie di Melanzana (an eggplant pastry).

Enotourists are in for a treat at Azienda Agricola Statti, a winery that also produces oil and cheese. Guests stroll through sun-drenched vineyards, visit the olive press and cantina, and can even witness the birth of a calf—two or three are born each day!

What are you waiting for? Contact your Vacation Consultant today and take advantage of flights from Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, and Calgary this summer and explore the best of Italy with Transat!

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    Southern Italy is calling for you with Transat’s best 2019 packages! Fully explore the heart and soul of your destination, and embark on tours that will ensure you don’t miss any of the highlights.

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