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Calabria

Calabria

Calabria is a region in the deep south of Italy. It has an elongated shape and go straight in its length is necessary to travel more than 300 km. In the northern part borders the Basilicata region while the remaining boundaries are marked by the sea. To the east the Ionian Sea and the Tyrrhenian Sea to the west; in its extreme tip the Calabria region is separated from Sicily by the Strait of Messina in the point of least distance (between Capo Peloro in Sicily and Punta Pezzo in Calabria) is off only 3.2 Km. The region has over 800 km of coastline, therefore, is the ideal place for those who want to enjoy water sports of any kind and for those who want to relax immersed in a sea almost untouched. The coastal resorts of greatest importance are: Tropea, Capo Vaticano, Soverato, Corigliano Calabro, Roccella Ionica, Amantea, Paola and Cirò Marina. The territories of the region, during the maximum development of Greek civilization, were part of Magna Grecia, so you can find numerous archaeological remains of this ancient civilization, especially in the various coastal resorts. Proceeding towards the interior of the region the territory becomes inaccessible and mountainous and the towns are small in size. In these areas we can find the three national parks that are hosted in the region: the Aspromonte National Park, the National Park of the Sila and the Pollino National Park. The major population centers are Reggio Calabria, Catanzaro (the regional capital), Cosenza, Crotoneand Vibo Valentia. In Reggio Calabria we can admire, at the National Museum of Reggio Calabria, the famous Riace Bronzes, which represent perhaps the most important evidence of the Magna Grecia, These are two statues depicting two warriors dating from the fifth century BC that were found at the bottom of the sea on August 16, 1972 near the town of Riace. They are, today, the symbol of the region.

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