Gerace

Affacciato sulla costa della Magna Grecia,Gerace, definito la « Firenze del Sud », è un paese carico di storia, arte, cultura e tradizioni, Il paese si snoda lungo tre direttive principali : Borgo, la parte bassa, Borghetto, la parte intermedia e Centro, la parte più alta. Situato nel territorio del Parco dell’Aspromonte, il paese fu sede vescovile fino alla fine degli anni ’50 ed in passato vantava oltre sessanta chiese. Da visitare sicuramente la Cattedrale (XI sec), sintesi armonica di stile bizantino, romanico e normanno con suggestioni arabe ; ha tre navate divise da 20 colonne antiche diverse per colore, materiale e provenienza, la cripta, il Museo di Arte Sacra. Il monumento ai cinque martiri ricorda il sacrificio dei patrioti fucilati nel 1847 dai soldati borbonici. Da non perdere sono la Porta del Borghetto, la Porta del Sole, l’arco vescovile e la « passeggiata delle Bombarde » ed il largo delle Tre chiese. Su questa suggestiva piazzetta si affacciano: la Chiesa del Sacro Cuore con l’originario pavimento in maiolica, la Chiesa di S. Francesco con il portale siculo-arabo e l’altare maggiore con intarsi marmorei policromi e la chiesa di San Giovannello di aspetto rustico, con navata unica e di culto ortodosso. Nella parte superiore di Gerace ci sono i resti del Castello (VII sec) devastato dai bizantini e ricostruito dai normanni nel X sec. Di esso rimangono una grande torre e poche mura, nella zona antistante il castello vi è un piazzale denominato "Baglio".

Gerace è meta di turisti e visitatori da tutto il mondo, soprattutto durante la manifestazione del "Borgo incantato", il festival internazionale degli artisti di strada che si svolge ogni anno alla fine del mese di luglio.

Calabria and Sicily: a bridge of legality

 The Straits of Messina - Ph Laura Bellantoni
Reggio Calabria
Piazza della Memoria - Palermo
Antica Focacceria S.Francesco - Palermo
Casa Memoria "Felicia e Peppino Impastato"
Open-air market "Il Capo"- Palermo
Mondello - Palermo
Palermo Cathedral
Capaci - Palermo
Reggio Calabria Cathedral
Gerace Cathedral
Catholic - Stilo
Places: 
Palermo
Locri
Gerace
Reggio Calabria
Stilo

From Palermo to Locride, through the Strait of Messina: “Calabria and Sicily- A bridge of legality” comes from the collaboration between I Viaggi del GOEL and Addiopizzo Travel, a Sicilian responsible tourism tour operator that, since 2013, has supported those who rebel against mafia. Because in these two lands, a different and ethical development is possible: in this path we want to share real experiences of real people.

Day by day - 6 nights and 7 days

Locride History

The name “Locride” originated from an area in central Greece, that the Achei left in the fifth century b.C. for Capo Zefirio, now known as Capo Bruzzano.

The magno-greek period (from the 7th century b.C. to the 2nd century A.D) is the most splendid era for the Locride; it is the period of Locri Epizephiri and Kaulon settlements founded by the Greek colonists in the 7th century b.C.

Handicraft

Handicraft

Among the numerous traditional products made here, the main are: terracotta, ceramics, fabrics made on the hand loom and wrought iron.

Woodwork goes from the production of kitchenware (spoons, bowls) to the production of fine pipes made of briar-root.

Aspromonte National Park

In its lush greenery and unspoiled nature, the Aspromonte marks the bounds of the Locride Area and divides the Ionian Sea from the Tyrrhenian Sea. It offers different and unusual landscapes with many amazing waterfalls and rivers. The park has a rich vegetation made of woods, flowers and rare plants, the real treasure of biodiversity.

Here you can easily find numerous animal species into an unspoiled wild and crystal-clear rivers. The highest peak, Montalto, reaches 1956 metres.

The most important mountain villages in the Aspromonte National Park area are: Africo, Antonimina, Bruzzano Zeffiro, Canolo, Careri, Ciminà, Gerace, Mammola, Platì, Sant’Agata del Bianco, Samo and San Luca.

Organic Food and Tradition

Places: 
Gioiosa Ionica
Stilo
Caulonia
Gerace
Mammola
Reggio Calabria
Scilla
Monasterace

Day by day (6 Nights – 7 Days)

Day 1

Welcome

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.

Spirituality

Places: 
Gioiosa Ionica
Pazzano
Stilo
Gerace
Caulonia
Polsi
Siderno

Day by day (6 nights - 7 days)

Day 1

Welcome

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.

Walking in Calabrian nature

Places: 
Ciminà
Natile
Gerace
Platì
Stilo
Ferdinandea
Bivongi

Day by day (5 nights - 6 days)

Day 1

Welcome

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.

On the streets of Legality

Places: 
Gioiosa Ionica
Pazzano
Stilo
Gerace
Locri
Caulonia

Day by day (5 nights and 6 days)

Day 1

Welcome

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.

Discovering Hidden Calabria

Places: 
Gerace
Stilo
Bivongi
Monasterace
Reggio Calabria
Scilla
Locri
Serra S. Bruno

Day by day (6 nights - 7 days)

Day 1

Welcome

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.

On the streets of legality

Bronzi di Riace
Agriturismo biologico 'A Lanterna
Parco archeologico Kaulon
Places: 
Monasterace
Gerace
Reggio Calabria
Polistena
Marina di Gioiosa
Roccella Jonica

I Viaggi del GOEL proposes school trips of responsible tourism in Calabria: an invite to discover the Italian region through people who fight for democracy, social justice, development and cultural heritage.

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