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Get a Bargain and Help to Revive a Calabrian Village

Surrounded by the dramatic mountains of the Pollino National park, San Lorenzo Bellizzi is a charming small village in Northern Calabria with 700 inhabitants. There is a small bar, pizzeria, lovely bakery and even an art gallery run by a local artist in the village. Sanlorenzani, as the residents are called, are a friendly folk ...

Ancient Calabrian Bread from Cerchiara

You have to follow the windy road running through thick oak forests with some panoramic spots overlooking the Ionic coast before you reach one of the most beautiful hamlets in the Pollino National Park, Cerchiara di Calabria. The village sits around the ruins of an old castle and has many streams and torrents around which keep many ...

The Best Forest Hikes in Italy

Forests cover almost 35% of Italy and the number is growing steadily although there are concerns that many of the forests are not managed and might deteriorate with time. I have written already about ancient patriarch trees in Italy and where to find them. Today I want to share a list of my favourite oldest ...