Day by day (5 nights and 6 days)
Arrival in the early afternoon in Polistena, at the Social Cooperative I.D.E.A. that within the Luigi Monti Community, welcomes and lodges minors and creates employment opportunities for young people who are housed in the community. Meeting and presentation of the GOEL - Cooperative Group, of its change mission in the Locride and its struggle for freedom and democracy in Calabria and in the rest of Italy. Visit to the Cooperative and to the Bioethical Lab where organic essential oils and organic cosmetics are produced. Transfer to Locri and check-in at the Ostello Locride, eco-hostel housed in a confiscated property and managed by the GOEL. Dinner, with the traditional dishes of Calabrian cuisine and overnight.
In our possible Utopia
Breakfast. Transfer to Gioiosa Jonica. Visit to the social cooperative Utopia, which places people with disabilities to work and manages the "Crea Lavoro" a service for business creation. Walk in the old town of Gioiosa Jonica: Amaduri Palace, the Wood Museum, the Art Gallery. Transfer to Roccella Jonica and lunch at the Social Cooperative Arca della Salvezza, which manages an organic farm and a family home for children. In the afternoon, transfer to Caulonia, meeting with operators and migrants at the social cooperative Pathos, which runs a reception, centre for applicants for political asylum. Return, dinner and overnight at the Ostello.
GOEL Bio: Farmers versus 'ndrangheta
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. Lunch at the organic farm 'A Lanterna, victim of an 'Ndrangheta attack, which is partner of GOEL Bio, the social cooperative that gathers the farmers who oppose to 'Ndrangheta, ensuring ethical business conduct and offering typical products of high quality. Time 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.
The Strait of Myths
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, transfer to the Grecanic Area, where the influence of Greek culture and language is still strong. Guided visit to Pentedattilo, small “ghost village” on the Calvario Mount, which shape reminds that of the five fingers of a hand. The small village is one of the “borghi solidali”. Return, dinner and overnight at the Ostello.
CANGIARI: Crafting the Future
Breakfast. Transfer to Gioiosa Jonica and visit the textile workshop of CANGIARI, the first Italian ethical fashion brand created by GOEL - Cooperative Group. 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 town 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. Lunch at a typical restaurant. Time available for individual tours. Return, dinner and overnight at the Ostello.
Breakfast. Final meeting with GOEL - Cooperative Group. Check out and transfer to the airport.