VISITING CALABRIA, FROM CROTONE, VALLI CUPE TO CAPO COLONNA
After leaving Santa Severina, drive southwest and explore the magical environment of Valli Cupe (pic n°4). This natural site is located in the province of Catanzaro and it is about 10 square kilometers large. Valli Cupe is considered as one of the most beautiful natural areas in Calabria thanks to its particular morphology, as it is rich in canyons, gorges, monoliths, and waterfalls, as well as ancient trees and a wide variety of flora. Canyons and gorges can be up to 130 meters high, and it is possible to take long walks or to go trekking along the many paths that cross the park. Here, both kids and adults can live a wonderful experience in a magical place, surrounded by charming waterfalls and streams with crystalline waters, a wild nature, and breathtaking landscapes. Also, do not miss a visit to some of the most impressive natural attractions of the Valley: Canyon of Valle Cupe, Canyon of Barbaro, Canyon dell'Inferno, Canyon delle Timpe Rosse, Gorges of Crocchio, Campanaro Waterfall, and Waterfall of Rupe. Valli Cupe is the perfect destination for those who want to spend some time in full contact with nature!
Then drive east to the wonderful promontory of Capo Colonna (pic n°6) overlooking the Ionic Sea. Placed in an awe-inspiring natural background, Capo Colonna is a very important Archeological Site, whose story is strictly linked to the past of Crotone. In fact, Crotone was an important Greek colony founded in the eighth century B.C., and here one of the most important temples of the empire used to be located. The temple was dedicated to Hera Lacinia, Zeus' wife and sister, protector of women, fertility, family, marriage, and nourishment. Today, just a single column of the temple is still standing, but visitors can still admire the archaeological findings around the park and in the museum.
The beautiful Calabrian seasides:
Scenic drive road along the Tyrrhenian coast in Calabria
From Tropea, the Pearl of Calabria, to Capo Vaticano
Arrival: Capo Colonna
Length: Km 144
Some pictures of Calabria:
Castello Carafa - Santa Severina (pic n°1); Santa Severina (pic n°2); The National Park of Sila (pic n°3); Valli Cupe (pic n°4); Parco Pitagora - Crotone (pic n°5); Capo Colonna (pic n°6);
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