the downfall of the Romans, the region fell on hard times, becoming a borderland
between the Byzantines and the Arabs of Sicily. Malaria and poverty meant
that the area remained isolated and rural for hundreds of years, one of
the poorest regions of Europe until very recently.
Agriculture is still the
main aspect of the Calabrian economy, along with tourism. Don't be put
off however; although the region is still poorer than much of the rest
of Italy it is a stunning area to visit and full of culture. The history
of the region is apparent everywhere, from ancient fortresses and churches
to cities built on hills and pockets of ancient languages that still survive.
|The main tourist attraction
of Calabria however is the coast and mountains. Unlike many other areas
of Italy, development hasn't yet taken place and the region is unspoilt.
There are many water sport activities on offer and most places have reasonable
accommodation. The sea is as clear as you would expect in the Mediterranean,
and the coastal city of Reggio Calabria is a large draw.
Calabria, the largest and oldest city in the region, has over the years
been inhabited by Romans, Greeks, Byzantines and Normans, and traces of
them all are still visible. Unfortunately, Calabria is subject to earthquakes,
and was rebuilt in 1908 after much of the town was destroyed. The centre
therefore is modern and urban, built to a grid plan.
The National Museum can be
found here, and with its wealth of Magna Grecian artefacts is well worth
a visit. These include two bronze "warrior" statues which were recovered
from the sea in 1972 and are considered fine examples of Greek sculpture.
There are many other towns
in the region with their own churches, castles and archaeological sites
that make pleasant day trips, and of course the miles of spotless beaches.
Calabrian locals are particularly friendly and the cuisine is, like in
the rest of Italy, excellent. Calabrian food is particularly varied - the
region was once the breadbasket of Rome - and dishes are often spicy.
Because of the climate, history,
pace of life and of course the prices, many people are considering Calabria
as the location of a second or holiday home. To get away from it all and
enjoy stunning scenery in a cultured country, the region is perfect. Calabria
property is increasingly available, and with direct flights expected to
increase before long, the value of an investment here can only go up. Still
undiscovered by most, it's the perfect time to visit the region and take
advantage of this hidden treasure.
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About the Author - Tristan
enjoys travel and art, and combines these interests with frequent trips
to Italy at calabriapropertyuk.com