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The journey into the traditions of Calabria.

TYPOLOGIES

Culture Tradition

PERIODO

Spring, Summer

PARTECIPANTI

2 people, groups

From 1,200 €

A tradition which still alives.

It's a memorable experience in Calabria, a tour dedicated to the emotions for discovering the history of these populations thanks to their typical traditions which come from the past and have still now a great success. The tour includes sightseeing of unique hamlets and artisan shops.

Many groups of youths have turned the ancient jobs of the tradition into a new business and they are having a great success especially for their originality.  For example the Silk in a little village, San Floro, on the hills in the area of Catanzaro which once was considered the Capital of the Silk. Very famous is also the ceramic of Squillace which has found inspiration from the typical ceramics made in the age of Magna Grecia. The Folk Music with its traditional instruments and some modern influences which make it more interesting. The Extra Virgin Olive Oil, one of the main products which are the bases of the Calabrian gastronomy.

Included

Agriturismo accommodation

Sightseeings in the program

Meals in the program

Activities and tastings

NOT Included

City taxes, extras and tips

Entrance fee to Museums and landmark

Trip for reaching the tour starting point

Transportation

Tour Map

Day by Day

A trip to discover Calabrian traditions and how the new generations have turned it into a new business. A tour to the lesser-know areas of Southern Italy with sightseeing of picturesque villages and little shops where local artisans display handwoven textiles, painted ceramics, and other works of art.

DAY 1 - Arrive in Calabria

Arrive in Calabria. Dinner and overnight stay on agriturismo in Maida, near Catanzaro

DAY 2 - The tradition of the Silk.

Breakfast. Transfer to San Floro, the village of the silk, which is on the sweet hills overlooking the Ionian sea. Guided visit of the Museum of the Silk which is inside an old Castle of the 1400s. Transfer to a farm where a little company produces pure silk with traditional methods. The farm is in a wood of mulberry trees, and after a brief walk you arrive in a room where the silkworms are kept. Lunch at the farm with typical dishes. In the afternoon the “reeling” demonstration which shows the unwinding of the cocoon to get the silk thread. Dinner and overnight stay on agriturismo in Maida.

DAY 3 - The Tradition of the Ceramic.

Breakfast. Transfer to Squillace which is a medieval village overlooking the Squillace Gulf: a visit to the Cathedral, the Norman Castle and the several shops of the local artisans who work with ceramics. Lunch at the restaurant. In the afternoon visit of one of these shops where an artisan shows you how he creates his amazing ceramic objects with characteristic shapes and colours, all made in the byzantine traditional way. Dinner and overnight stay on agriturismo in Maida.

DAY 4 - The Tradition of the Folk Music.

Breakfast. Transfer to Tiriolo, the village of the two seas, so called because from its belvedere you can see both Calabrian seas: the Tyrrhenian and the Ionian Sea. Sightseeing of an archaeological area and the Antiquarium which houses findings of the pre-Roman and Brettii period, and the Museum of folk costumes. Lunch at a typical restaurant. In the afternoon meeting with a local artisan who builds traditional musical instruments: he describes the characteristics of each one and shows how you can play it, because he is a musician, too. Dinner and overnight stay on agriturismo in Maida.

DAY 5 - The Tradition of Olive Oil.

Breakfast. Walk on foot along “the route of the mills” in San Pietro a Maida: it’s a natural path surrounded by trees and chestnut woods with the ruins of ancient olive oil mills which were built along the river in order to use the strength of the water to activate the mills. Lunch at the farm. In the afternoon visit of the farm which produces olive oil where you can discover the several steps of the production, old and modern techniques to obtain a very good extra virgin olive oil. Then a mini tasting oil class. Dinner and overnight stay on agriturismo in Maida.

DAY 6 - Departure.

Breakfast. Departure to come back home.

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