Day by day (6 nights - 7 days)
Arrival in the afternoon and check-in. Presentation of GOEL - Cooperative Group and of the tour. Dinner with the traditional dishes of Calabrian cuisine. Overnight at the Ostello Locride, eco-hostel housed in a confiscated property and managed by the GOEL.
Locri and Gerace
Breakfast. Transfer to Locri Epizephiri, the best known among the cities of Magna Greece. Guided tour of the archaeological site and the museum. Transfer to Gerace and lunch in a typical restaurant. In the early afternoon guided tour through the medieval town, one of the ten most beautiful towns in Italy, which houses a remarkable artistic heritage, preserved for the most part in the Norman Castle and in the Cathedral. Visit to the handloom and pottery workshops. Return, dinner and overnight at the Ostello.
Pentedattilo and Bova
Breakfast. Transfer to the Grecanic Area, where the influence of Greek culture and language is still strong. Guided tour of Pentedattilo, small “ghost village” on the Calvario Mount, whose shape reminds that of the five fingers of a hand. The small village is one of the “borghi solidali”. Lunch at a typical restaurant, with the traditional dishes of the Grecanic cuisine and tasting of the Bergamot (a unique citrus fruit). In the afternoon, transfer to Bova and climbing at the Norman Castle from where admiring the amazing view on the Aspromonte National Park and on the Strait of Messina. Return, dinner and overnight at the Ostello.
Stilo and Monasterace
Breakfast. Transfer to Stilo, the philosopher Tommaso Campanella's hometown. With its many hermitages and monasteries, such as the Cattolica, a Byzantine-style church from the 9th century, Stilo is an example of the meeting between East and West. Descent to Pazzano, from which you can reach Monte Stella, with its charming hermitage carved into the rock. Transfer to Monasterace and lunch at “A Lanterna”, an organic farmhouse inside the archaeologic area of the Ancient Kaulon. Afternoon available for individual tours. Dinner at “AMAL” organic restaurant run from GOEL Bio, symbol of cultural meeting and warm reception, typical of Calabria tradition. Return and overnight at the Ostello.
Reggio Calabria and Scilla
Breakfast. Transfer to Reggio Calabria, the "toe" of the Italian peninsula. Visit of the city, home of the prestigious National Archaeological Museum of Magna Græcia that houses the famous Bronzes of Riace, the symbols of the city. Walk on the famous promenade dotted with rare magnolias and exotic palms, from where admiring the amazing Straits of Messina. Free lunch. In the afternoon, stop at Scilla, touristic town famous for its Marina (the Seafront), for the fishermen village and the Ruffo Castle. Return, dinner and overnight at the Ostello.
Caulonia and Gioiosa Jonica
Breakfast. Transfer to Caulonia, at the Feudo Gagliardi organic farm, partner of GOEL Bio, that produces wine, oil and citrus fruits. Visit to the wine yards and cellar with the agronomist: conclusion with the taste of the wines produced in the farm. Lunch at the farmhouse restaurant with the local products. In the afternoon transfer to Gioiosa Jonica and guided tour of the old town, famous for its ancient buildings (Palazzo Amaduri), the castle and the churches. Stop in the square and tasting of the famous “paste Gioiosane” (pastries) and of the “Pezzo Duro” (ice-cream). Return, dinner and overnight at the Ostello.
Breakfast. Final meeting with GOEL Cooperative Group. Check out and transfer to the airport.