With immediate access to the waterfalls, sunny coasts, rolling mountains, and forests of chestnut trees, the landscape of Calabria is truly breathtaking.
The countryside of Calabria offers a slice of a different Italian life, where nature lovers, divers and hardcore twitchers meet to witness the variety of rare woodland birds and animals, and the incredible underwater wildlife.
To the South East of Calabria sits the Ionian Sea, and to the west the Tyrrhenian Sea, offering visitors two coastal experiences for the price of one, especially as the region sits perfectly on the end of Italy, with just the strait of Messina separating it from sun-drenched Sicily.
For culture lovers, some of the most important pieces of art, the Riace bronzes, are open to the public in the National Archaeological Museum of Reggio Calabria.
These two bronze statues of the perfect male form, were found near the coast of Riace during a chance discovery in 1972, and are now used to represent the area of Reggio Calabria.
The Riace Bronzes date back to the 5th century BC but, incredibly, are still in perfect condition. Theories suggest a cargo ship from Athens sunk on its way to Rome, casting off these priceless works of art.