In contact with the wildest nature
Located at the tip of the boot of Italy, Aspromonte National Park extends into the province of Reggio Calabria. In geographical continuity with the Apennine ridge, it is one of the most geologically active areas in the Mediterranean, with the formation of craggy landscapes, gorges and almost inextricable ravines climbing a short distance from the sea up to almost 2,000 metres above sea level. Since 2021, it has been part of the UNESCO World Network of Geoparks.
The park is rich in Mediterranean flora and fauna. Mammals include the wolf, fox, marten, otter and badger, as well as a large number of birds of prey and reptiles. The area is divided into different thematic areas in the discovery of the history of olive oil, language minorities and local biodiversity. The area is criss-crossed by numerous paths, some of which are suitable for cycling or horse riding.
Covering an impressive 3,000 hectares, it includes several ancient villages rich in testimonies and artefacts from various eras: Magna Graecia, Roman, Medieval and Renaissance. There is no shortage of old churches, noble buildings and fascinating panoramic views. Particularly worth a visit are Bova, Gerace with its ancient cathedral, Mammola and San Giorgio Morgeto, where young can find the medieval castle, the Church of San Francesco and the Monastery of San Domenico.