If we were to equate Calabria to the human body, the Costa degli Dei could be the eyes – luminous and blue like the sky above and the crystalline sea – and the taste buds – because of the countless varied and unique products that originate in this stunning corner of Italy. Don’t be surprised if your exploration of this amazing destination makes your mouth water. The province of Vibo Valentia is the beating heart that feeds an irrepressible desire for real, authentic food throughout Calabria and beyond. This is the home of the legendary sweet red onions from Tropea, the even more legendary ’nduja and the delicious Tartufo di Pizzo ice cream dessert. But it is also home to some of the region’s leading food companies, such as Callipo, famed for its canned tuna in olive oil, and Caffo, which produces one of Italy’s most widely sold Amaro liqueurs: the Vecchio Amaro del Capo, produced using a mix of local herbs.
And before and after each meal: sea and beach, beach and sea. Hundreds of kilometres of beautiful unspoiled coastline, drawn by nature in colours so brilliant and vivid as to seem almost a painting in pastels, the Costa degli Dei is the perfect place for anyone looking for a holiday where the main ingredient is vast stretches of gleaming white sand.
Enjoy some sunbathing on the beaches of Tropea and Capo Vaticano
Admire the Sanctuary of Santa Maria dell'Isola at Tropea, the symbol of the city
Visit the Norman Castle in Vibo Valentia
Experience the sunset on the Aeolian Islands
Wander through the narrow streets of the village of Nicotera
Visit the Church of Piedigrotta
Take a selfie with the Collezionista di Venti sculpture in Vibo Pizzo
Sample some 'nduja
Try a little Tartufo di Pizzo
Imbibe some ice-cold Amaro del Capo