Day by day (5 nights - 6 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.
Stilo: between East and West
Breakfast. Departure for Stilo, from where the excursion starts (about 3 hours round trip). The village is the philosopher Tommaso Campanella's hometown: its numerous hermitages and monasteries symbolize the encounter between East and West. Climbing to Mount Consolino, through one of the free climbing routes (paths from elementary to expert). Descent to Pazzano, from which you can reach Monte Stella, with its charming hermitage carved into the rock. During the tour, picnic lunch. Return. Dinner and overnight at the Ostello.
Pentedattilo and Bova: Grecanic heart
Breakfast. 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”. Lunch at a typical restaurant, with the traditional dishes of the Grecanic cuisine and tasting of the Bergamot. 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 Straight of Messina. Return, dinner and overnight at the Ostello.
The Valley of Big Stones: Pietra Cappa
Breakfast. Transfer to Natile Vecchio, from where the excursion to Pietra Cappa starts (about 2,5 hours). It is the most spectacular monolith in the Valley of the Big Stones, one of the geological symbols of Aspromonte. Along the excursion, there are the Rocche di San Pietro, rock formations carved in the mountain used as shelter by the Basilian Monks in ancient times. During the tour, picnic lunch. Return. Dinner and overnight at the Ostello.
Among the canyons of Valli Cupe Park
Breakfast. Transfer to Sersale in the Natural Area of the Valli Cupe Park. Excursion to the famous Canyon (the biggest in Europe) and the Gole del Crocchio where it is possible to have a bath, if the climate and the season make it possible. Picnic lunch and excursion to the spectacular Campanaro Falls, 22 mt high. Return and dinner at “AMAL” organic restaurant run from GOEL Bio, symbol of cultural meeting and warm reception, typical of Calabria tradition. Overnight at the Ostello.
Before Arrivederci... Gerace!
Breakfast. Check out. Transfer to Gerace and guided tour through the medieval town, one of the ten most Italian beautiful villages, 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 in a typical restaurant. In the afternoon transfer to the airport.