Our Calabrian land holds as many surprises and many treasures.
The two most renowned mounts, Sila and Aspromonte, gift the beautiful image of Scandinavian landscapes in the heart of the Mediterranean – fresh air, lush forests, mesmerising lakes, fresh waters and green pastures.
From the peeks, during favourable weather conditions, you can admire the Ionian Sea meeting with the Tyrrhenian Sea, the famous Sicilian volcano, Etna, and the Aeolian Islands – including the active volcano Stromboli.
During summer the highlands, with its lakes, woods and vast fields are visited by herds which rummage in the higher grounds. Farmers produce delicacies from the land, which small local businesses commercialise and display for visitors to try.
In the last few years, these beautiful landscapes have seen a bloom in cycle-tourism. This allows passionate cyclists, and or avid hikers to undertake breathtaking routs all throughout spring and summer, and in the colder months up to hights which weather conditions and snow levels allow.
Silian tracks extend from the Camigliatello area to the feet of the Christ statue of Monte Scuro (Dark Mount), passing over Cecità Lake or across the Macchia Sacra (Sacred Mark) grasslands and extending to the Botte Donato, the highest peek, with a view over the Lorica valley, which in winter becomes a sci field.
Aspromonte is rich in magnificent and suggestive landscapes, with trails which follow vast and varied sceneries where the mountains and the sea are so close they appear one; and tracks which follow through ancient Greek trails to traditional villages, such as Gerace, to waterfalls like the Marmarico Falls, ancient remains and the rocks of Pentedatillo or the Pietra Cappa stone monolith. Nature enthusiasts will appreciate the astounding secular tree forests and will be left astonished by the rare fauna, like the roe, which, thanks to Ente Parco Aspromonte, has now returned to live and prosper in our forests.
Many paths which go from the Ionian to the Tyrrhenian Seas join to the Gambarie sci fields, or to the Serre through the Brigante track. Or from the Stretto of Messina through to the Sentiero Italia. From Monte Basilicò to Montalto, to the Melia plains. And from Diga del Mente all the way to Amendoles.
Cycling listening to the sound of the waves from the coast of the “heel” to the highlands, through remains of antique villages, savouring each and every moment and detail of this beautiful land is a rewarding and unforgettable experience.