It seems that tourism, during and after Coronavirus, will preferably consider destinations with a low coronavirus impact and places where open nature, isolation and low people density are guaranteed.
Calabria, in Southern Italy seems to respond to this new trend.
It is one of the most beautiful regions of Italy: the cradle of Magna Greece, from where the whole Italian population originated. Its nature is breathtaking: with dramatic mountains, picturesque coastal villages, and ancient countryside hamlets. You can see two seas at the same time from Mount Elia: the Tyrrhenian and the Ionian Sea and discover Messina, Sicily just in front of you, on the other side of the ‘Stretto’, the natural channel dividing Calabria and the Island.
This is the place where Ulysses, in the Odissey, met two mermaids Scilla and Cariddi tempting him with their melodious voice; where ‘Fata Morgana’ (Morgana Fairy) still bewitches human eyes, by reflecting floating people and houses in the Stretto, when a peculiar sunlight mirage happens.
In Calabria, you enjoy the typical Italian hospitality, which developed because of the Greek contamination, followed by a number of invasions: Romans, Barbarians, Spaniards, French, Moors and many others. All left important cultural heritages. It is not casual that, thanks to the rich biodiversity and the very simple lifestyle (agriculture, fishing, farming), that the ‘Seven Countries Study’ about the Mediterranean Diet started in Nicotera (a small beautiful hamlet on the Tyrrhenian coast of Calabria) in 1957 by American physiologist Ancel Keys.
Calabria is a place to discover: its capital, Reggio Calabria, is where the Riace Bronzes are conserved at the National Museum and its promenade along the sea is said ‘the most beautiful kilometer in Italy’. Not forgetting the huge number of hamlets from North to South, of ancient Albanian communities and the perfect combination of sea and mountains, from Sila to Aspromonte.
Reggio Calabria celebrates its Pride every year and ‘exports’ it to other small towns which are growing sensitive about the themes of inclusivity, such as Tropea ‘the Pearl of the Mediterranean’ in June/July.
We still do not know how prides will take place this year. Nevertheless, if you want to go back to the origins in the land where all originated in terms of acceptance and welcome, consider Calabria as a destination for your next trip to Italy!