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Aspromonte is the most mysterious and isolated Italian mountain range. It is in the southernmost part of the Italian Peninsula, it connects 2 seas (Ionian and Tyrrhenian), there are thick forests, rivers, and in the small villages we can meet people that still speaks their own Greek based language. We trek along visiting small villages, interacting with the locals, eating traditional local food, discovering and understanding this incredible well-kept secret of Italy.
A minibus carries our luggage while we are trekking.

 

  1. Reggio di Calabria - Pentedattilo - Amendolea
  2. Amendolea - Gallicianò - Amendolea
  3. Amendolea - Bova
  4. Bova - Grosso mountain - Bova
  5. Bova - Carrà - Africo Vecchio - Bova
  6. Bova - Palizzi - Palizzi Marina
  7. Palizzi Marina - Staiti - Cerasia mountain - Palizzi Marina
  8. Palizzi Marina – Reggio Calabria

Aspromonte is the most mysterious and isolated Italian mountain range. It is in the southernmost part of the Italian Peninsula, it connects 2 seas (Ionian and Tyrrhenian), there are thick forests, rivers, and in the small villages we can meet people that still speaks their own Greek based language. We trek along visiting small villages, interacting with the locals, eating traditional local food, discovering and understanding this incredible well-kept secret of Italy.
A minibus carries our luggage while we are trekking.

Itineraries

Day 1

Reggio di Calabria - Pentedattilo - Amendolea

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We start the tour in Reggio Calabria in the morning. We walk along the sea shore overlooking the Messina strait and the nearby Sicily Island. We then drive to the southernmost point of the Italian Peninsula along the Ionian Sea coast.
Up on the Aspromonte mountain range there is the ghost town of Pentedattilo: a town built on the mountain slope of the Monte Calvario, whose shapes resembles that of five fingers.
Here we can still hear senior people speaking an old Greek language: the descendent of the Byzantine people who lived here until 1059. We walk through this timeless “borgo” with the castle and the Saint Peter and Paul church. After the visit, we move to the “borgo” of Amendolea, a ghost town with its rich past still visible in the ruins of the castle.

Day 2

Amendolea - Gallicianò - Amendolea

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After breakfast we start trekking, crossing Amendolea torrent and climbing up Mount Maradha (463 m), Palazzine (553 m) and finally Gallicianò (620 m) which is considered “the most Greek town in all Italy”.
We enjoy a typical lunch and a traditional show, then we visit the small town including the Orthodox Church of Saint Mary of Greece and back to Amendolea.

Day 3

Amendolea - Bova

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After breakfast we start with the visit of the farmhouse where we discover more about bergamot. Then we start trekking up to Mount Brigha (610 m) and then we reach Bova (850 m). We visit the historical city centre of Bova with its narrow lanes and old buildings, the interesting cathedral and basilica till the highest point of the village where there are the ruins of the Normann Castle. Then back to our hotel.

Day 4

Bova - Grosso mountain - Bova

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Today we discover the surrounding areas of Bova. We follow a loop trek on a historical route to località Polemo (810 m), from here we will start the climb to Monte Grosso (1300 m), where we admire the spectacular view over Amendolea torrent, ghost villages of Roghudi e Africo Vecchio and from far away we can see the Mount Etna peak.

Day 5

Bova - Carrà - Africo Vecchio - Bova

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Today we take a transfer to reach Carrà (940 m), where we start the daily excursion in the most remote area of Aspromonte. First we reach Africo Vecchio (685 m) where is located the “Ecomuseum of the Greek area”, which was abandoned in 1951. Then we climb up to Acqua di Marcello (870 m) and we reach the isolated San Leo Sanctuary (800 m).

Day 6

Bova - Palizzi - Palizzi Marina

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After breakfast we start for a trekking to the Fiumara San Pasquale (420 m), Agrappidà Mount (690 m) to reach, in the afternoon, the town of Palizzi Superiore (272 m). Here we visit the small historical town centre with the nice byzantine dome of the Sant’Anna Church. Palizzi is home to the “IGT Red wine”. After the visit, transfer to the camping in Palizzi Marina, located along the Ionian coast, where the Caretta-Caretta turtles nest. Here we have the possibility to enjoy a relaxing bath in the sea.

Day 7

Palizzi Marina - Staiti - Cerasia mountain - Palizzi Marina

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After breakfast, transfer to Staiti (530 m), fascinating “borgo” dated to the XVI century and starting point for a loop trek that brings us on the top of Monte Cerasia, (1013 m) which is a stunning natural point of view: from here we can see the blue Ionian Sea and the green forest of Aspromonte. Then we move to Staiti (530 m) and transfer to Palizzi Marina for the night.

Day 8

Palizzi Marina - Reggio di Calabria

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After breakfast morning at leisure and then transfer to Reggio Calabria with possible visit to the National Museum where there are the famous: Riace Bronzes.
Transfer to the airport.

Price: from 1.090€ – based on 12 pax travelling
For further information on the price or a tailor-made quotation please contact us at info@out-of-italy.com or fill in the “Trip Enquiry” here above.

 

The quote includes: Meet and greet at the airport/train station, transfer to and from the hotel, minibus or bus (according to groups size), vehicles for luggage transportation during trek-days, overnight in farmhouse, local houses and camping near the seaside, all the meals except lunch and dinner on day 8, local tax, local guides, tour leader from 6 people.

 

The quote does not include: International flights, extra overnights in Reggio Calabria or Lamezia Terme (quoted separately), visit of the National Museum in Reggio Calabria (optional, quoted separately), extra transfer in/out from Lamezia Terme to/from Reggio Calabria (quoted separately), Meals not specified in the inclusions, drinks, tips, travel insurance, personal expenses, anything not included in the inclusions.

 

Group departures: 14th May 2022 | 11th June 2022 | 3rd September 2022 | 8th October 2022

 

Overnight and meals - This is a unique itinerary and we selected unique “widespread hotels” and farmhouse - the people that will host us in their houses for overnight are the same people that maintain the Aspromonte trekking paths we will follow in a good walking conditions. The widespread hotel we have selected are quite simple, but clean and comfortable. These houses might not match touristic hotels standard simply because there are hardly any international tourists in this area, but the local people maintain the house and are proud to rent out their houses to the travelers. The concept of widespread hotel is a way of generating and share the wealth among the community member.

 

Transport – Minibus for the transfers at the beginning and the end of the trekking, as well as in case of need, during the trekking. Luggage will be transported by the minibus, only a day backpack will be carried by the passenger during the walks.

 

Climate – Aspromonte is a mountain near the sea, therefore there is a unique ecosystem which influences the climate. Quite mild temperatures in the spring and autumn months, very cold in winter and quite warm but still pleasant in the summer.

 

What to bring - Trekking shoes (up to the ankles) ; small day backpack, personal first aid kit, 1lt water bottle. The luggage will be carried by the minibus.

 

ATM – Cash machine are available only in Reggio Calabria, please make sure you have enough cash with you for art crafts and souvenirs.

 

How difficult is the trekking - it is planned to have sufficient time each day to stop in villages, talk to the locals, to enjoy the landscape and the great views. There are quite important ups and downs every day which are the most challenging parts of the trekking.
Trekking card– at the start of the trekking we can get a “trekking card” and we will get it stamped from: hotels, bars, restaurants on the way and at the end of the trekking we can receive an “Aspromonte trekking certificate”.

 

Trekking card– at the start of the trekking we can get a “trekking card” and we will get it stamped from: hotels, bars, restaurants on the way and at the end of the trekking we can receive an “Aspromonte trekking certificate”.

 

Travel in safety - The current itinerary is quoted according to the current safety/health law. The transport will allow the social distance between the passengers. In case regional laws will now allow certain attractions or Hotels to open we shall amend the itinerary according with the price to reflect the changes. We shall do everything is in our power to operate the itinerary as described above.

 

For logistics or technical reasons, the itinerary can be run with some amendments on the sequence of the visits and excursions

The literal translation of Borgo in English would be “Hamlet” or “Village“ but these words do not fully explains the meaning of “Borgo” is.
A “Borgo” is a fascinating, ancient, small Italian town, generally fortified and dating back to the period from Middle Ages to Renaissance. Walking in a “Borgo” is a step back in time, a walk through history, a typical Italian experience.

The concept of the widespread hotel is started in Italy in 1980 to allow travelers to spend the night in small towns and “borghi” sleeping in local houses, often in the centre of the town, experiencing the local hospitality and generating income to remote communities.

For a very long time “Aspromonte” was pictured by the Italian press as being connected to kidnapping and hideaways area for local bandits. Only recently Aspromonte has been recognized for its natural beauties and pristine environment. Finally in 1990 this area was protected under the National Park scheme, it covers an area of about 78.000 hectares and it includes 37 towns of the Reggio Calabria province.

The art craft in this area is still very original and not adapted to tourism needs, they have century’s long traditions and everything is worth a second look. The wood is hand carved to make agricultural tools and kitchen equipment, such as spoons, traditional chees molds etc. Here we can also see blankets made by broom flower, very original. Not to mention the large variety of traditional food products, bread, local salami, local beans, various types of cheese and the extra virgin olive oil. The bergamot orange is endemic to the area, its essential oil is the main component of a perfume which is dated back to 1700 and still on sale today.