21 days in Calabria Itinerary

21 days in Calabria Itinerary

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Zambrone
— 4 nights
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Catanzaro
— 4 nights
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Cariati
— 1 night
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Rende
— 2 nights
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Altomonte
— 2 nights
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Cetraro
— 3 nights
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Lamezia Terme
— 1 night
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Papasidero
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Zambrone

— 4 nights
Zambrone is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Vibo Valentia in the Italian region Calabria, located about 60km southwest of Catanzaro and about 9km northwest of Vibo Valentia. Take a break from the city and head to Tropea Beach and Capo Vaticano. You'll explore and learn at Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Reggio Calabria and Museo Archeologico Statale Vito Capialbi. Change things up with these side-trips from Zambrone: Castello Normanno Svevo (in Vibo Valentia), Parco Archeologico della Villa romana (in Casignana) and Gerace (Castello di Gerace & Chiesa di San Francesco d'Assisi). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Castello Ruffo di Scilla, take in the pleasant sights at Chianalea di Scilla, stroll around Parco delle Rimembranze, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Lungomare Falcomata.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Zambrone trip planner.

Lamezia Terme to Zambrone is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also drive. September in Zambrone sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 63°F at night. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Catanzaro.

Things to do in Zambrone

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

Catanzaro

— 4 nights
Catanzaro, also known as the city of the two seas, is an Italian city of 91,000 inhabitants and the capital of the Calabria region and of its province.The archbishop's seat was the capital of the province of Calabria Ultra for over 200 years. Get some cultural insight at Cattolica di Stilo and Castle of Stilo. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Chiesa dell'Osservanza and Museo del Costume Calabrese. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Catanzaro: Castello Aragonese di Le Castella (in Le Castella) and Parco Nazionale della Sila Centro Visitatori di Monaco A. Garcea (in Taverna). And it doesn't end there: brush up on your military savvy at Museo Storico Militare Brigata Catanzaro, tour the pleasant surroundings at Riserva Naturale Regionale delle Valli Cupe, and stroll around Villa Trieste.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Catanzaro online route maker.

Drive from Zambrone to Catanzaro in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in September, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Cariati.

Things to do in Catanzaro

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Cariati

— 1 night
Cariati is a town and comune in the province of Cosenza in the Calabria region of southern Italy. To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Cariati day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Catanzaro to Cariati takes 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Rende.

Things to do in Cariati

Wineries

Side Trips

Rende

— 2 nights
Rende is a town and comune in Calabria, southern Italy, home to the headquarters of the University of Calabria. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Museo Diocesano e del Codex, take in panoramic vistas at Torre dell'Orologio, pause for some serene contemplation at Oratorio San Marco, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cattedrale di Maria Santissima Achiropita, then examine the collection at Museo della Liquirizia "Giorgio Amarelli", and finally explore the historical opulence of Castello Ducale.

To find ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Rende day trip site.

You can drive from Cariati to Rende in 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Altomonte.

Things to do in Rende

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Altomonte

— 2 nights
On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Ente Parco Nazionale Del Pollino, then explore the historical opulence of Castello di Morano Calabro, and then see the interesting displays at le case del nibbio.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Altomonte attractions planning website.

You can drive from Rende to Altomonte in an hour. On the 7th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cetraro.

Things to do in Altomonte

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cetraro

— 3 nights
Cetraro is a town and comune in the province of Cosenza in the Calabria region of southern Italy.Waste dumping off Italian coast: Cetraro caseThe 'Ndrangheta, an Italian mafia syndicate, has been accused by pentito Francesco Fonti, a former member of 'Ndrangheta, of sinking at least 30 ships loaded with toxic waste, much of it radioactive. Museum-lovers will appreciate Museo Dei Brettii E Del Mare and Centro Culturale Gian Luigi Pascale. Get some cultural insight at Murales and Amantea Vecchia. Change things up with these side-trips from Cetraro: Enoteca - Borgo Antico Diamante - Prodotti Tipici Calabresi (in Diamante) and Chiesa del SS. Crocifisso (in Belvedere Marittimo). There's more to do: take a memorable drive along Amalfi Coast.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Cetraro vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Altomonte to Cetraro in 1.5 hours. On the 10th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Lamezia Terme.

Things to do in Cetraro

Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Lamezia Terme

— 1 night
Lamezia Terme, commonly called Lamezia, is an Italian city of 70,452 inhabitants in the province of Catanzaro in the Calabria region.GeographyLamezia is located on the eastern border of the coastal plain commonly called Piana di Sant'Eufemia, which was created by drying a wide marshy area.The municipality borders with Conflenti, Curinga, Falerna, Feroleto Antico, Gizzeria, Maida, Martirano Lombardo, Nocera Terinese, Platania, San Pietro a Maida and Serrastretta.HistoryThe municipality of Lamezia Terme was formally created on 4 January 1968. Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): walk around Il giardino botanico di Lamezia Terme.

Plan my day in Lamezia Terme using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Cetraro to Lamezia Terme in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in October, and nighttime lows around 57°F. On the 11th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Papasidero.

Things to do in Lamezia Terme

Parks

Papasidero

— 3 nights
Papasidero is a village and comune in the province of Cosenza in the Calabria region, southern Italy. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Grotta del Romito and Valle del Mercure. Visit Castello di Papasidero and Torre dell'Orologio for their historical value. Take a break from Papasidero with a short trip to Parco Della Lavanda in Campotenese, about 36 minutes away. There's more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and admire the verdant scenery at Valle dell'Argentino.

For photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Papasidero day trip planning website.

Drive from Lamezia Terme to Papasidero in 2.5 hours. On the 14th (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Papasidero

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Calabria travel guide

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Beaches · Landmarks · Castles
Forming the toe of Italy's "boot," Calabria is considered the Caribbean of Europe and may very well be the country's best-kept secret. Visitors can find everything from beaches to Byzantine churches here. Hillside towns, ancient Greek temples, and medieval castles and palaces are just some of the attractions scattered around one of the country's least-developed regions. Calabria remains largely unblemished by mass tourism, with many charming places to visit like olive plantations, orange groves, waterfalls, and lakes. Because it's bordered by the Mediterranean Sea on three sides, the water plays a huge role in the region's culture and cuisine. Calabria is also an up-and-coming producer of fine wines.