Arrival Reggio Calabria (30min)
Transfer to Scilla, lodging and dinner based on swordfish.
Upon arrival, you will be transferred from Reggio Calabria to Scilla where you will check in at your hotel. At 6pm, we will meet for a welcome reception drink. Dinner based on the local star, the swordfish.
This morning we head to visit Scilla and Chianalea, the ancient village of fishermen. We make our way around this beautiful part of Italy with its characteristic old town and buildings built into its’ flawless beaches. Then get ready for an experience “to cry for”: a visit to a local farm producing and processing of the typical Red Onion from Tropea, where you’ll taste their unique onion mousse, onion marinade, onion patè…Following, a guided visit to a farm in Spilinga producing the famous ‘nduja, a spicy spreadable sausage; after the explanation of the whole manufacturing process, you will taste ‘nduja and other typical Calabrian products, accompanied by local wine. We then take a scenic drive toward Tropea, a picturesque seaside town that will be our home for the next three days. After checking in to your hotel, enjoy some free time around the pool.
This evening we will enjoy a guided walk of Tropea sauntering down cobble stone streets and enjoying the panoramic views. Dinner at a renowned restaurant.
This morning we will set off for the port of Tropea to sail out into the waters, rich with local marine life, where a local fisherman will teach us his fishing technique. You’ll have the chance to admire the beauty of Tropea with its houses embedded on the cliff, then head to Capo Vaticano to possibly snorkel around the many hidden grottos. Wines and a light antipasto will be served on board. We will return to our hotel mid afternoon, where you will be free to enjoy your evening at leisure.
A nice drive will take us to enjoy the fish auction in Vibo Marina, where we’ll see the bartering of fish from the locals and learn about the trade. Get ready to expect the loud!
Then we’ll head for Pizzo Calabro, a beautiful coastal town and birthplace of the gelato tartufo di Pizzo, that we will enjoy after a light lunch at one of the best restaurants in town.
In the late afternoon we will attend a cooking class in a private farm where you will learn authentic local recipes such as fileja, the signature pasta of the area. You’ll also discover how to prepare dishes using ingredients like the exquisite local fishes, meats and cheeses.
Dinner based on your efforts, accompanied by local DOC wines, under a starred sky in the countryside of Tropea.
Journey north to visit the beautiful Wine Estate of Statti.
We’ll take a walk through the winery and learn about the estate’s olive oil and wine production. The estate holds over 1000 olive trees and has acres of land dedicated to their vineyard, including ancient grapes of Greek origin which make for wonderful robust wines from Calabria. The ancient name of Calabria, “Enotria Tellus” (“Land of Wine”), offers a straightforward introduction to this fascinating land, which has always been dedicated to producing wines. We will enjoy a personalized buffet made exclusively for us featuring deliciously cooked antipasti and cheeses to complement our wine tasting with the estate’s sommelier. This evening we will stroll through the seaside town of Diamante, famous for its 150 murals that were initiated in the 1900’s by artists who wanted to paint but couldn’t afford canvas.
Dinner in a local trattoria for another chili pepper tasting, along with local Pecorino cheese and Soppressata sausage before going back to your hotel.
As we drive past the seas that fade from dark green to light blue, we head towards the town of Crotone, our main goal is to taste its pecorino cheese, with an unmistakable flavour, characteristic only to this region. From here we head towards the ancient town of Strongoli. A world of villages built on the ruins of the colonies of Magna Graecia and countryside covered with vineyards and olive trees, following a millitary tradition. Immersed in this landscape in the shade of olive trees is the Azienda Agrituristica “Dattilo”, one of the first farm holiday operations in Calabria. After a tour of the farm, we will sit for lunch in the renowned Restaurant, set up in the ancient oil mill. The Ristorante “Dattilo” has very close ties with the modern and ancient historical traditions and with the land, it carries a message of quality of the food and wine culture in Calabria. This afternoon you will have some free time at the hotel to relax on the beach or pack your bags for tomorrow’s departure.
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