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The most important tourist resorts near the farmhouse

Parco Nazionale della Sila

National Park of Calabria

Even our South, the land of the sun and the sea, has its angle of Scandinavia: the Sila, the heart of the National Park, an oasis of cool summer with its endless pine forests and enchanting view in the winter when the snow falls.

The protected area of a great ecological importance, the Park of Calabria is divided in distinct areas: the Sila Grande in the province of Cosenza, with the extension of 7,000 hectares and the Small Sila in the province of Catanzaro, with an extension of 5,700 hectares.

Between 1,100 and 1,700 meters above sea level, the whole territory is covered by forests and lakes; many plant species live and coexist in this plateau, but the Corsican or Silane pine is the true ruler of the whole territory, reaching venerable age and exceptional size. One of the most fascinating forests is Fossiata, not far from Camigliatello, while in the town of Fallistro you can see the so-called Giants of Sila, old specimens of about four hundred years.

A wolf is the most representative animal of the park; deers, wild boars, squirrels, foxes and many species of birds are among the animals that you can meet in any season in Sila.

Plateau of Sila

Charming place of the wonderful scenery, the plateau offers unpolluted nature where you can make long walks, in contact with nature and outdoor picnic. Lakes of Sila also allow to practice in fishing from the shore. In particular lake Cecita, located a few kilometers from Camigliatello, is a home to many events of sport fishing.

In winter Camigliatello is up to the title of Cortina of Sila, not only for the magical views of landscape entirely covered by snow, but for modern infrastructure, that qualify the area for winter tourism.

In a fact Camigliatello offers facilities for winter sports: skiing in Tasso-Montecurcio or in Macchia Sacra and Forgitelle, which offer the slopes of varying difficulty that pass through the pinewoods. Even Lorica and Palumbo Village offer modern and efficient winter equipment for ski slopes of different types.

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Tyrrhenian and Ionian coasts

Calabria has a coastal boundary of about 800 km which offers a variety of coastal landscapes that you can hardly find in other regions of the Italian peninsula.

Its coasts, marked by changes in sea level, are partly rocky and mostly sandy. As for the scenic beauty it is impossible not to be charmed by the coast: rock caves, natural arches, cliffs that rise amid the blue waters, islands that seem to protect the beaches from the sea to the delight of fans of diving. All this and more is offered by resorts like Praia a Mare, San Nicola Arcella, Scalea, Cirella, Capo Bonifati, Campora San Giovanni. Equally fascinating places exist on the Ionian coast, where nature has been particularly generous.

Besides the sea and touristic resorts, these areas will seduce by the mysterious charm of the ancient ruins of Imperial Tower, archaeological finds of Sybari and by the beauty of Corigliano Calabro, Rossano, Amendolara, Villapiana, etc.

Cosenza

Cosenza is a city where art and culture well sink their roots: a lot of museums, themed events, libraries including the National Library (the only one in Calabria) and the nearby university are the proof.

The old town is worth visiting: the House of Culture and the Cathedral of 1100 are located on Telesio avenue, while the Swabian Castle, an imposing fortress that was a stronghold of Frederick II of Swabia, emperor who loved the city stands on one of the seven hills. One must see the National Library and the convents of San Gaetano and San Domenico with its churches.

It is also interesting to visit Arnone Palace, home of the National Gallery, where you can admire the icon of Madonna of Pilerio patron of Cosenza and the Stauroteca, a precious cross donated by Frederick II to the city.

The main street of the city, Corso Mazzini, is a home to an art gallery «en plein air», the Open Air Museum, where you can find a series of sculptures of international artists (Dali, De Chirico, Rotella, Manzu, Consagra etc.) donated to the city by a wealthy collector.

Duomo di Cosenza