Drinking Calabria. The Craft Beer Tour.

Tour della birra artigianale in Calabria con degustazioni e visite guidate nei borghi e città d'arte.

A 6 day tour for lovers of the beer. A trip for discovering the craft beer world with guided visit of breweries, tastings and sightseeing of typical villages rich of history and culture.

The Itinerary

Day 1 – The trip
Arrival in Calabria. 4 star hotel accommodation in Siderno. Dinner and overnight.
Day 2 – Caulonia and Siderno
Breakfast at the hotel. Sightseeing of the Ancient Kaulon Archaeological Area in Monasterace, colony of the Magna Grecia, and of the Museum which hosts 2 very important mosaics, one of whom is the biggest in Europe. Guided visit of the Jfor Craft Brewery in Calulonia with a tasting. In the afternoon a walk with the guide in the old part of Siderno, which has medieval origins and faces on the Ionian Sea. This hamlet is characterized by old houses in narrow streets, but also elegant palaces with typical balconies of the 600s and 700s. The guided visit of the Limen Craft Brewery in Siderno the whose beers you’ll can taste at the pub “Officina PAB” in Locri. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 3 – Reggio Calabria and Scilla
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Reggio Calabria, for the sightseeing of the National Archaeological Museum which houses the famous Riace Bronzes. Then we move to the historical center until the Cathedral, in liberty style and neo-romantic and a walk along the promenade which was called “the most beautiful kilometer in Italy” by the famous Italian writer D’Annunzio. Guided visit at the so called brewpub (craft beer+ pub) Gli Sbronzi (The Drunkens) with tasting. In the afternoon we visit Scilla, with its picturesque fisherman district called “Chianalea” where the old houses are directly in the water of the sea and the Ruffo’s Castle where you can admire the fascinating Strait of Messina, the nearest point to the Sicily. Overnight at the 4* hotel in Cosenza.
Day 4 – Ortomatera and Cosenza
Breakfast at the hotel. Guided visit of the Settecolli Craft Brewery in Ortomatera at Castrolibero. In the afternoon a walk in Cosenza along Corso Telesio, in the old part of the town, with a stop at the medieval Cathedral which is an UNESCO heritage, and go up go until Piazza XV Marzo where there is the “A. Rendano” Theatre and the Palace of Government. In the modern side of the town along its high street, Corso Mazzini, which is pedestrian and the heart of the shopping, there is the Open Air Museum MAB where there are several statues by important artists such as Manzù, Giorgio De Chirico, Greek, Salvator Dalì, Mimmo Rotella, Sosno. Don’t miss the new “San Francesco di Paola bridge” which was projected by the famous Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. Dinner with the sommelier to learn the best matching between food and beer. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 5 – Saracena and Altomonte
Breakfast at the hotel. Sightseeing of the hamlet Saracena, very famous for the Moscato which is a sweet wine. Visit of De Alchemia Craft Brewery based on the heart of the village who, in partnership with the brewery Maltonauta, produces a kind of beer which is fermented in barrels previously used for barricaded wine: in this way the beer takes a particular flavor thanks to the wood of the barrels which has still the wine flavor. In the afternoon a walk with the travel guide at Altomonte, belonging to “The Most Beautiful Villages of Italy“, a Club which selects small Italian towns cut off the flow of visitors and tourists: the Pallotta Tower and the beautiful church of Saint Maria della Consolazione, a beautiful Gothic building with a large rose window. From the cloister of the adjacent Dominican convent we go to the Civic Museum which houses works of art from several churches. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 6 – Departure
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure for coming back home.

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