Experience the Southern Italy lifestyle with a private tour! Distinctive and delightful, with crystalline seas, pretty countryside and endless sunshine, Calabria is a land of natural beauty, warm hospitality and amazing food and wine. A unique, much-loved southern region. Dramatic mountains, Byzantine rock-hewn churches, sunbaked olive groves, stunning Romanesque architecture and some of Italy’s best beaches are tempting more and more visitors to the exciting little-known regions.Calabria has an otherworldly landscape of tremendous mountain ranges, dark forested valleys and villages so melded with the rock face that they seem to have grown there. Its extensive coastline bears the marks of many conquering invaders: the Normans, the Spanish, the Turks, the Swabians and the Greeks. Yet, despite its diverse influences, Basilicata has its own distinct and authentic identity.
The seven Aeolian Islands can be found across the Tyrrhenian Sea, just off the North Eastern coast of Sicily. Island lovers will be drawn to these glittering shores, each with its own unique character and breathtaking beauty.Believed to have been home to the mythological Greek Gods of wind and fire, the untamed forces of nature still abound here whilst other islands have been tempered and tamed by their inhabitants.
Discover vibrant Vulcano with its lively nightlife; the introverted and solitary Salina, whose lush vineyards and fruits create its distinctive sweet dessert wine; the hidden sea caves and remote lunar like landscapes of Filicudi and Alicudi and the fine black sands and bubbling hot springs of Porto Lavante beach.Be humbled by the brooding beauty of Stromboli’s active volcano and admire a fire-strewn sky as molten lava erupts by night.From the largest island of Lipari with its fortified city and Franciscan convent to the smallest jewel of Panarea, with its western flank plunging steeply to the sea; this archipelago is a mixture of sublime mountains, sub-tropical fragrant gardens, sapphire skies, stunning seascapes and crystal clear coastal waters.
We have a real passion for the Aeolian Islands and look forward to sharing it with you! Trust the locals...
SCENIC BEAUTY OF CALABRIA & THE AEOLIAN ISLANDS TRAVEL ITINERARY
PRIVATE TOUR AVAILABLE FROM LAMEZIA TERME TO CATANIA
Day 1: WELCOME TO CALABRIA
Arrive at Lamezia Terme Airport or train station where you’ll be met by your driver and travel to the splendid town of TROPEA which boasts centuries of glorious architecture and art treasure, for your first two nights in a beautiful hotel located near the village center. After an opportunity to rest and freshen up,you’ll be treated to a welcome aperitif at the hotel bar followed by dinner in a local restaurant.Overnight in TROPEA
Day 2: TIMELESS TROPEA WITH WINE TASTING
One of the most picturesque towns on Calabria’s largely built up Tyrrhenian coast, Tropea’s town architecture reveals medieval Norman and Arab touches as well as a more austere baroque style than that of Rome or Naples. It also offers superb views of the sea and beaches. The old town hangs on to a cliff-side facing a large rock, formerly an island.The rock is topped by a former medieval Benedictine sanctuary. The cathedral is of Norman origin, although it has been rebuilt several times.A walking tour of the town center will let you appreciate not just the charm of the brick and stone houses hugging the steep lanes, but greeting the local people you meet and witnessing their daily routines.Stop for lunch in a popular family WINERY near Tropea before enjoying your time at leisure!Overnight in TROPEA
Day 3: CHARMING PIZZO CALABRO & THE RIACE BRONZES IN REGGIO CALABRIA
Today's visit takes you to discover the charming town of PIZZO CALABRO,stacked high on a sea cliff with sweeping views down to the Tropean peninsula, Pizzo has a distinct ramshackle charm. On its main squares, cafes compete to offer the town’s best tartufo, a death-by-chocolate ice-cream ball.Another highlight of Pizzo Calabro is the intriguing CHIESETTA DI PIEDIGROTTA, an underground cave full of carved stone statues.Continue to REGGIO CALABRIA to visit the National Museum which houses a fine collection of artifacts from ancient Rhegion- a Greek city on the site of the present town-and from other Greek sites.Chief among its treasures are the GREEK BRONZES, larger-than life statues of warriors dredged from the sea off Riace Marina in 1972.Overnight in TROPEA
Day 4: WELCOME TO THE AEOLIAN ISLANDS
This morning you’ll take a ferry to the island of Lipari, the largest and most developed of the Aeolians, a little piece of paradise. Along the way, we stop at VOLCANO ISLAND, with its yellow sulphurous baths and volcanic craters.You will have here free time with options that include hiking to the Gran Crater, a therapeutic mud bath fuelled by the Islands famous hot springs, or simply relax at the beach.Continue to the LIPARI ISLAND,the largest and most developed of the Aeolians,staying at a charming hotel located a short walk from the town center. Dinner is included this evening in a local restaurant.Overnight in LIPARI
Day 5: ENCHANTING LIPARI, THE EOLIAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM & WINERY
Lipari town is spread out under the imposing castle rock, the ancient Greek acropolis, and along the bay of Marina Corta and Marina Lunga, to the north and south. Its volcanic origin is evident in the Muria Valley, with its red rocks, and on the north-east coast, covered by a vast flow of pumice, which hides Roman ruins of the 4th century AD. This morning a local expert will shed light on the main archaeological site of an island inhabited for some 6000 years and settled in the 4th millennium BC by Sicily’s first known inhabitants, the Stentillenians who developed a flourishing economy, based on obsidian, a glassy volcanic rock.We have included today a visit to the ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM which displays finds from the islands’ long history, including tools and pottery left behind by Neolithic inhabitants. The museum is also famous for its terracotta Greek theater masks and figurines of dancers and actors, the world’s largest such collection.Transfer by private driver to Lipari’s iconic WINERY and discover indigenous grape varieties of Malvasia delle Lipari and Carricante, paired with a lunch featuring local food.The rest of the day on your own for more discoveries.Overnight in LIPARI
Day 6:PANAREA & STROMBOLI
After breakfast, we board our boat to PANAREA,renowned for its stylish lifestyle.We visit the small town and take a walk in the narrow streets of the island.We then continue to STROMBOLI, the black island and one of the most active volcanoes in the world that usually erupts every 20 minutes.Enjoy free time to visit the town with its little streets, traditional shops and scenery of the 1940’s Roberto Rossellini film before our journey back to Lipari for your evening at leisure. Overnight in LIPARI
Day 7: BOAT TRIP TO LAID-BACK SALINA ISLAND
Visit SALINA with its luscious vegetation, hosting 400 different types of plants and where grapes, olives and capers are cultivated. The island is the filming location for Italy’s popular film ‘Il Postino’ or The Postman, but what sets the island apart is the wonderful clear water, beautiful beaches and quaint town skirted with palm trees and wide promenades.On arrival, you will be touring the island by Aeolian APE CALESSINO (approx. 2hrs) and visiting a local farm to taste local products including capers, cheese and bruschetta paired with their excellent wines.The remainder of the day is at leisure.Tonight we’ll celebrate you with a farewell dinner at one of the typical regional restaurants. Overnight in LIPARI
Day 8: ARRIVEDERCI BEAUTIFUL SICILY
Morning transfers to Catania airport and train station