Calabria is a region in southern Italy, forming the "toe of the boot". It is a very hot and sunny region, with mountains splitting down the center. On top of the hills and cliffs of its dramatic coastline are a number of medieval villages overlooking lively beaches. Reggio Calabria is the capital, and is home to Greek artifacts, as the region of Calabria was formerly a Greek colony, and as a result you can find some Greek temples scattered throughout the region. You can also find some Byzantine churches that are still perfectly intact. Overall, this region is not filled with tourists and is often considered "Italy's secret".
Places to go: Tropea, Cosenza, Lamezia Terme, Pizzo, Capo Vaticano, and more. Praia a Mare also has a beautiful coast.
What to eat: soppressata, Alici Ripieni, sardella, and braciole.
The peperoncino is often found in Calabrese cuisine.
To drink: Their wines are incredibly hard to find outside of the region, but the best include Cirò, Bivongi, and Savuto among others.
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