On a warm late winter morning, Antonio Lancellotta, a 35-year-old farmer, shows me around one of his family's unorthodox 1.8-acre (7,280 square metre) greenhouse in Scalea, southern Italy. Rows of lush citron trees (Citrus medica), heavy with white flowers fill the space. Yet, above the trees, at about 12.5ft (3.8m) above the ground, alternating li...

Italian contractor WeBuild has argued in the Italian Parliament that a bridge across the Strait of Messina is a strategic project that is ready to be built, will be an economic boost and can overcome the considerable seismic risks of the area. The road and rail bridge connecting the island of Sicily with mainland Italy at Calabria would be 3.6km...

Gerace is located in the province of Reggio Calabria and is part of the Aspromonte National Park, so the village is surrounded by lush forests, rolling hills, and fertile plains, which make it an ideal location for hiking, cycling, and horseback riding. Visitors can explore the park’s stunning natural landmarks, including the Marmarico Waterfalls,...

Nestled in the Calabrian hills lies a charming town that many visitors have yet to discover – Altomonte. With its ancient architecture, breathtaking landscapes, and rich history, this town is an ideal destination for travelers seeking an authentic Italian experience. Altomonte’s history dates back to the 10th century when it was founded by the Lomb...

Calabria is the most unpretentious, passionate, vibrant, and in some ways beautiful corner of Italy. The cuisine of Calabria reflects that. So, what food is Calabria famous for? Answer: There is not one particular dish that Calabria is famous for. Many towns in Calabria have their own traditional dishes that are often unique to them. However, the o...

There are many municipalities looking for residents in 2023. For years, in fact, there have been several boroughs, north and south, paying citizens to incentivize relocation and try to reverse trends that see them increasingly deserted. For some time now, there have been various tax incentives to encourage housing resettlement and repopulation of s...

A new sculpture appeared in a square in the town of Paola, Calabria, in April last year. It’s not the usual man on a horse, or even anything with legs; it’s a many-times-lifesize trout in grey stone – all fins, bulgy eyes and pout. The unusual monument was erected to commemorate a miracle performed by the town’s patron saint, Francis. (He was actua...

The origins of the Calabrian ‘nduja are not entirely certain, but the most accredited thesis traces its origins back to the Napoleonic period (1806-1815). It seems that in that period, Gioacchino Murat, Napoleon Bonaparte’s brother-in-law, had ordered his men to distribute a tripe-based French salami free of charge, to enter the good graces of the...

Zeppole and Sfingi di San Giuseppe are among our most beloved Italian culinary rituals. In addition to the highly anticipated sweet treats, however, Calabrians choose to celebrate with Lagane (or laganelle), a type of homemade pasta often paired with beans. Dating back to 4th century BCE Magna Graecia, this type of pasta can still be found in moder...

The Calabrian coastline in southern Italy is home to a number of picturesque towns and villages, each with their own unique charm and character. One such town is Scalea, a hidden gem that has managed to escape the tourist crowds and maintain its traditional way of life. Scalea is located on the western coast of Calabria, nestled between the Tyrrhen...