The water villages

1 – 3 Giorni

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2-12 people, groups

from 25 €

Mormanno, Papasidero and Santa Domenica Talao

Calabria has more than 800 km of coastline surrounded by an extraordinary sea with beaches and rocky coasts. But there is not only sea water here. The majestic mountainous places are full of rivers and streams with small and large waterfalls, natural pools and artificial lakes.

The Mercure river was born in the Basilicata side of Pollino National Park and reaches Calabria by flowing into the Battendiero and Jannello rivers, and takes the name of Lao. The course of this river crosses a spectacular and beautiful valley, between gorges and woods, until it flows into the Tyrrhenian Sea near Scalea on the coast called Riviera dei Cedri (Cedar Riviera).

The Lao River Valley offers natural landscapes with its paths in the woods and its extraordinary villages set in the mountains but facing on the sea. The presence of this river has influenced the social and economic life of all the villages in the valley.

For this reason we called them The Water Villages.

Mormanno, on the border with Basilicata, is considered the gateway to Calabria and overlooks the valley crossed by the river Lao. Papasidero is the closest to the Lao river where mostly you can live water activities such as rafting without forgetting the past thanks to the Romito Cave dated back to the Upper Paleolithic. Finally, Santa Domenica Talao, halfway between the mountains and the sea, stands out for its gastronomy rich in delicious recipes and traditions.

What you can do

A day in Mormanno - The gateway of Calabria

  • Sightseeing of the hamlet starting from the Votive Lighthouse dedicated to the war deads, one of the few mountain lighthouses. Walking through the alleys of the centre, you reach the main square, the heart of social life and where the mother church rises up.  In the afternoon, a small tasting of the bocconotto, a typical dessert which is the symbol of the village.

A day in Papasidero - the hamlet on the Lao River

  • Sightseeing of the Romito Cave, one of the oldest and most important prehistoric sites in Europe. In the afternoon  we continue with a walk in the centre which is characterized by houses with carved stone portals and the Church of the Madonna di Costantinopoli in a breathtaking position, perched on the mountains and overlooking the gorges crossed by the Lao river.

A day in Santa Domenica Talao - between sea and mountains

  • Mini cooking class for the preparation of the typical local handmade pasta, gnoccoli al pettine, to be tasted with typical local products. In the afternoon a visit of the centre full by noble palaces of 1700s. From the main square you can enjoy an amazing panorama that ranges from the sea of the Cedar Riviera to the mountains of Pollino National Park.

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What you can add

The day tours to add with base in Mormanno

  • Trekking on Velatro, Cerviero and Palanuda mountains.
  • Visit to the farm which has taken over ancient crops such as the poor white bean of Mormanno.
  • Tasting lunch for knowing the local typical products and traditional dishes.
  • Sightseeing of the old hamlet Laino Castello.

The day tours to add with base in Papasidero

  • Rafting on the Lao River
  • Canyoning in the Lao River gorges.
  • Activities at the Adventure Park.
  • Trekking along paths with different levels of difficulty.

The day tours to add with base in Santa Domenica Talao

  • Mini cruises San Nicola Arcella/Magno Arch/Dino Island/Cirella Island
  • Sightseeing of the beautiful historical centres on the Cedar Riviera such as Scalea and Diamante and the Cirella ruins
  • Trekking activities on the nearest mountains which surronds the Lao Valley and the Argentino one.

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Santa Domenica Talao

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