10 days/9 nights
Maximum 20 people per tour
2017 Tour Dates
Monday 8 May 2017 to Thursday 18 May 2017
*Terms and conditions apply
Day 1 - MONDAY
You will be collected at the Lamezia Terme Airport. Look for the ‘Favotto Tours’ sign once you have collected your luggage and passed through the exit gate. Your luggage will be loaded onto the air conditioned van waiting to transfer you to Soverato for welcome drinks. You will have free time in the town of Soverato on the edge of the Ionia Sea in the heart of the Gulf of Squillace.
Day 2 - TUESDAY
PIETRAGRANDE – CAMINIA- SATRIANO
We continue our journey to explore the spectacular views along the Ionian Sea stopping at the coastal towns of Pietragrande and Caminia. Later we visit Caseficio Macri in Satriano tasting the finest cheeses of the region including Fiordilatte, Ricotta, Provola Scamaorza affumicata, Caciocavallo and Caciotta .
Day 3 - WEDNESDAY
SERRA SAN BRUNO
Serra San Bruno is a charming town of Calabria. The town was founded by Bruno of Cologne of the Carthusian order in the 11th century. Included is a tour of the monastery with free time to walk among the enormous oak and chestnut trees.
A cooking class and lunch is a provided at a local farm house.
Day 4 - THURSDAY
STRONGOLI- SAN GIOVANNI IN FIORE
Today we visit the Ceraudo winery in Strongoli to taste the fine wines of the Calabria region including Ciro, a DOC wine followed by tasting of local cheeses and olive oil. Included is a tractor tour of the vineyard. We visit the Abbey in the medieval town of San Giovanni in Fiore.
Day 5 - FRIDAY
COSENZA –AMANTEA –BELMONTE CALABRO
Cosenza was once referred to as the Athens of Italy. Our tour guide will take us through the cultural past of this city. In the afternoon we transfer to the sea side resort town Amantea to visit the Byzantine castle built in 839. Later we visit a pastry factory in Belmonte Calabro and tasting of dried figs.
Day 6 - SATURDAY
SILA GRANDE –ACRI- SIBARI
Today we make our way to Sila National Park, Italy’s oldest National Park.Our first stop is Arci referred to as the ‘door of Sila” as it lies at the base of the plateau. Later we visit the Archaeological museum in Sibari.
Day 7 - SUNDAY
LAKE AMPOLLINO – LAKE CECITA- LAKE ARVO
We continue our visit of the Sila National Park with a visit to three beautiful lakes. Lake Ampollino, Lake Cecita and Lake Arvo.
Day 8 - MONDAY
PIZZO – TROPEA
After breakfast we depart for Pizzo Calabro. The first stop is a visit to the Church of Piedigrotta. This is not an ordinary church. You have to make your way to the beach, as the church is carved in a small cave and according to legend the church was built in the 17th century by shipwrecked fishermen.
Later we make our way to the sea side resort of Tropea. This stretch of the coast line is called the Costa delgi Dei, the “Coast of the Gods” and on a clear day you will enjoy views of the Aeolian islands. You cannot leave Pizzo without tasting the Tartufo di Pizzo -a gelato based version of the truffle. We have reserved a tartufo tasting class at Bar Ercole.
Today we experience real Calabrian bread making at Asfalantea followed by a typical Calabrian lunch.
Day 9 - TUESDAY
SCILLA –REGGIO CALABRIA
Scilla is a fishing village, which specialises in catching sword fish, (pesce spada). Lunch will be at Casato in Scilla overlooking the Aeloian Islands.
In the afternoon we visit the famous Bronzes of Riace at the National Museum with a walk (passegiata) along the promenade described as “the most beautiful kilometer of Italy”
Day 10 - WEDNESDAY
DEPARTURE- REGGIO CALABRIA
Final lunch in a local restaurant in Reggio Calabria and transfer to Reggio Calabria Airport.
Transfer to Reggio Calabria Airport
Sydney born Giorgio and Beatrice Favotto, are the operators and owners of Favotto Tours. With Italian migrants as parents, they were raised with a strong appreciation of the Italian culture, travelling to Italy regularly to visit family and relatives.
Giorgio’s heritage derives from a little village of Musano di Trevignano located in the Veneto region. Giorgio has always been a passionate Italian who has dual citizenship of Australia and Italy.
Beatrice’s parents are natives to Borgia, Catanzaro, in the southern region of Calabria.
Over the years Giorgio and Beatrice have blended the infamous rivalry between the North and the South. They have Italy covered.