From Serre to the Costa degli Dei
The province of Vibo-Valentia in Calabria stretches from the Serre mountains to the Costa degli Dei on the Tyrrhenian Sea. It is home to Calabria’s best-loved tourist resorts, including Pizzo, Capo Vaticano and Tropea.
The city of Vibo retains its medieval layout, dominated by the Norman-Swabian castle, home to the Archaeological Museum. Check out the Belvedere Grande, for breath-taking panoramic views from Cape Palinuro to Messina.
Don’t miss the town of Pizzo, perched atop a cliff, the church of Piedigrotta carved into the tuff, and the archaeological excavations of Briatico, famous for its crystal-clear waters.
Tropea rises above the sea on a rock that looms over the beach. At the top of the rock is the Sanctuary of Santa Maria dell’Isola. The queen of the Costa degli Dei, you can enjoy water sports like snorkelling, canoeing, windsurfing and kitesurfing. For walks through nature, follow the Sentieri di Monaci trail, along which you will come across hermit caves.
Inland, we recommend visiting the city of Mileto, the Norman capital, and the Carthusian monastery of Serra San Bruno, founded in 1100. For the most beautiful sunsets, head to Monte Poro, where the sun sets over the sea with the Aeolian Islands in the background.