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Stories and journeys among places and tradition.

Stories of Journeys in Calabria describing the sightseeing in characteristic hamlets so rich of culture and traditions, trekking experiences in breathtaking natural places and tasting wine and typical Calabrian food.

Santa Domenica Talao, between sea and mountains.

Santa Domenica Talao is a small village in Pollino National Park area facing on Tyrrhenian sea.

Mini Cruise along the Cedar Riviera.

Mini Cruise along the Cedars Riviera: from San Nicola Arcella to Dino Island and the Magno Arch.

Tourism by bike in Calabria.

An interview with the FIAB managing team in Cosenza about the value and the spread of the bike tourism.

Mormanno, the gate to Calabria.

Mormanno is a small village which borders to the Calabrian side of Pollino National Park.

Papasidero, history and nature.

Papasidero is a little village located in the  heart of Pollino National Park which faces on the Lao River.

Craft Beer and matching.

An interview to Giuseppe Salvatore Grosso Ciponte, expert and producer of craft beer in Calabria.

The online tastings. The new trend in 2021.

It was born a new to experience with the online tastings which have become a new trend.

Zungri, the Stone Town.

In Calabria there’s a place who remembers the Star Wars set movie.

Cosenza, the town with two souls.

Cosenza is a lively town with a heart rich of history but with a modern spirit which carries toward the change.

Perfumes and Flavors of Calabria.

Calabria is like a fascinating and intriguing woman who has many faces to discover slowly.

The Easter religious rites: the Cunfrunta in Stilo.

On Easter Sunday in Stilo they celebrate a suggestive and unique procession called the Cunfrunta to conclude Holy Week.

Easter at Bova and the procession with the “Pupazze”.

At Bova every year on the Palm Sunday before Easter an ancient rite is celebrated.

San Giuseppe’s Day in Calabria.

On every March 19th, in Italy the San Giuseppe’s Day is celebrated as well as the Father’s Day.

Tiriolo, the hamlet of the 2 seas.

Tiriolo is a little village near settled in the narrowest part of the whole Calabria and the rest of Italy.

The Vallje in Frascineto.

Every Thursday after Easter in Frascineto, a little hamlet which was founded by a group of Albanian refugees, in Pollino National Park area, the Vallja take place.

An Individual Trip in Calabria

When you choose Calabria as destination of your trip, the risk is always to be beautifully surprised.

The “Vattienti” ritual in Easter.

During the Holy Week before Easter, in Verbicaro near Cosenza, the annual ritual of the Vattienti (the Flagellants) takes place.

The comeback trip in Calabria.

About 1 year ago, in 2017, I received an email with the object “Desde la Patagonia” (From Patagonia).

Chocolate and the party starts!

It seems to be at Perugia, in Umbria region, instead this time we are at Cosenza. The Chocolate Festival at Cosenza is by now an institutional event and it’s waited not only from the people who live there. The more famous Eurochocolate at Perugia has been the inspiration for this festival which is at its 15th edition: […]

Wedding on fly.

Nowadays it’s fashionable to get married and promise each other love and fidelity for ever and ever, in some romantic place far away from they live, and Italy is one of the favorite venue for foreigners.

Destination Wedding in Southern Italy.

The Destination Wedding is a new service that more and more couples choose to celebrate their wedding far from where the bride currently lives and one of the most popular place is Italy.

Wine Touring in Calabria and Apulia.

My wine loving cousin in DC asked Valeria at Le Vie della Perla to plan a wine tasting tour of southern Italy for seven of us.

Sightseeing of Mendicino: traditions, religion and myths.

Leaving Cosenza towards Mount Cocuzzo, you arrive at the medieval village of Mendicino which was once an important silk centre.

San Pietro a Maida and the Route of the Mills.

San Pietro a Maida is a little town near Catanzaro and is very famous for the production of olive oil.

Mountain biking in Calabria: toward the Thyrrenian coastline.

An old schoolmate of mine, in a concise post on Facebook, announced a ride with his group Bikers with destination “the sea” starting from Rende.

San Floro: a tradition which becomes passion.

This time we made a sightseeing of San Floro, a little village near Catanzaro, on its green hills facing the Ionian sea. It was called “the village of the giants”, because a legend tells a story about the height of its people who became shorter as time went by. As we arrived, we looked out over […]

A traditional Easter dessert: the ancient “Cuculi” recipe.

The Easter period in Calabria you could see the women who walked to the bakery of the village with big baskets on their head covered each by a dish cloth, the only places where they could bake the “cuddruri”, a traditional Easter pastry. Originally it wasn’t a dessert, but a bread a little bit sweet that people […]

Easter Rituals in Calabria.

During the Easter period in Calabria every village organizes its rite or religious parade in order to celebrate the rising of Christ from the dead. In Mendicino, a little village close to Cosenza, the people perform the Last Supper and The Passion of Christ on a unique stage: the narrow streets of the village where the actors are the people who live […]

On the mountains of Sila with snowshoes.

The mountains during the winter are fascinating, especially when they’re covered with soft snow. If you are not able to ski, like me, the better way to live the mountain is with the snowshoes: thanks to them you can walk on deep snow without sinking in and see wonderful wild places. It had just snowed and we organized an […]

Christmas in Calabria

Everything appears magic during the Christmas period with the coloured lights and religious customs. In Calabria you begin to feel the Christmas feeling from December the 8th which is the Immaculate Conception Day: this is a public holiday as in the rest of Italy, so in the evening of the day before, in every house people prepare the “cuddruriaddri or cullurelli […]

Blog Tour in the Sila National Park.

At the beginning of November, the Sila National Park organized a blog tour in collaboration with WeLike Association in order to promote its territory. Le Vie della Perla – Viaggiare in Calabria, as member of the Association, was involved in providing environmental guides, accommodation and several advice thanks to its experience. Organizing a Blog Tour is like organizing a simple “journey”: you have to […]

Bova: a welcoming village.

I’ve just left the town of Reggio Calabria and continued to the end of Italy turning around the coast from the Tyrrenian to the Ionian Sea. A wonderful route with a view that faces Sicily. Then I arrived in Bova Marina and I continued my journey up in the mountains and eventually Bova appared like a nativity […]