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Stage 5 - Mileto - Camigliatello Silano

The stage

The Giro d’Italia 2020 arrives in Calabria with a 255 km stage that goes from Mileto to Camigliatello Silano, in the Sila National Park.

Stage 5 - Mileto-Camigliatello Silano

The fifth stage of the Giro touches one of the most beautiful and evocative coastal stretches of the Tyrrhenian Sea.
Also called the Costa Bella due to its proximity to the Aeolian Islands, the Coast of the Gods is 55 km long and falls entirely within the province of Vibo Valentia, on the southern Tyrrhenian, where white beaches alternate with small coves.

A visit to Tropea is an absolute must.
Crystal clear sea, Caribbean sand, a typical town and a breathtaking view of the Aeolian Islands (which are reachable from here): these are the essential features of Tropea, which is also known and appreciated for its blue fish festival and for its famous red onion.

Tropea

A little further south is the promontory of Capo Vaticano, with its splendid beaches which are considered among the most beautiful in the world.
The wonderful, rich backdrops and the evocative bays, such as that of Grotticella, make it a real attraction.

Capo Vaticano

Going back up the roads of the Giro d'Italia we meet Pizzo Calabro, a delightful fishing village overlooking the sea, which is famous not only for its splendid position on the Gulf of S. Eufemi, but also for its cuisine (ice cream from Pizzo is known everywhere).

Pizzo Calabro

The race touches Catanzaro, where the beach overlooks the Gulf of Squillace, characterised by sandy beaches and granite cliffs, forming part of the famous Costa degli Aranci (Coast of Oranges).
The natural and scenic beauty of the Costa degli Aranci provides the setting for the archaeological heritage of the entire Gulf of Squillace, which, in additon to renowned seaside resorts such as Soverato, Caminia and Copanello, also combines artistic and monumental testimonies of the ancient past, such as medieval Squillace itself and the Scolacium Archaeological Park. In this latter you can admire the remains of an ancient Roman colony and the monumental Basilica of Santa Maria della Roccella, built in the eleventh century by the Normans and considered one of the greatest Templar churches in Italy.

Scolacium Archaeological Park

The route also passes by Cosenza, the Italian Athens, which lies on seven hills. The historic centre is one of the most beautiful and ancient in Italy, with monumental buildings, manor houses, churches and an urban design characterised by narrow and winding alleys. The Cosentina Academy is still active today. Founded by the humanist Parrasio at the beginning of the sixteenth century,  the philosopher Bernardino Telesio was also affiliated with it. The importance of the two philosophers from Cosenza made the city an illustrious cultural center earning it the name of the Athens of Italy.

Cosenza

The finish line of the fifth stage is in Camigliatello Silano, in the municipality of Spezzano, located within the Sila National Park. It is the best known mountain tourist resort in Calabria. There are numerous ski lifts on Mount Curcio for winter sports, but there are also many summer activities such as hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and mountaineering sports.

Camigliatello Silano, Sila National Park

By bike


Recommended cycling route: Discovering Sila Park by mountain bike

Sila National Park offers a dense network of well-trodden paths for cyclists, with exciting routes for sporty people with gradients of up to 1,000 metres, as well as simple pathways for families with children.
More highly trained cyclists can try their hand at the Giro Borbone, a 48 km ring in the surroundings of Molarotta; the Sentiero Italia, 50 km long, starting from and arriving back at the “Giganti della Sila”; the Foresta Incantata, 56 km around Monte Scuro, or the Pietra dell'Altare route, 25 km immersed in the dense vegetation.
Simple routes accessible to all allow you to reach the lakes of Cecita, Arvo and Ampollino along shaded paths in lush pine and beech woods. There are several rental and technical assistance points in the park area.