History, natural beauty and breathtaking coastlines surround you when you travel in Calabria. It is a place often overlooked when plans to travel Italy are being made making it one of Italy’s best-kept secrets. This Southern region in Italy virtually untouched by tourists is bordered by the Tyrrhenian Sea to the west and the Ionian Sea to the east and boasts some of the most beautiful (and often underrated) coastlines, mountain regions, and ancient hilltop towns in all of Italy.
During my recent visit to Calabria, I was fortunate to see many places in and around the small town I was staying in. I only saw the tip of the proverbial iceberg while I was there but I look forward to returning to experience more of the beauty of the region in which my family is from.
One of these charming places I visited during my recent trip to Italy was Amantea. I had actually been to Amantea during a previous visit but only saw it briefly as I was there for a wedding reception. Amantea is a coastal town on Calabria’s Tyrrhenian coast in the province of Cosenza.
Amantea is full of history, having been occupied by various civilizations whose remnants can be seen sprinkled throughout town. Today Amantea is a bit of a dual personality both historic and modern. The centro storico is set high up in the hills where you will find many churches and the ruins of a Byzantine castle built in 839. Below the old town lies the “new” city with plenty of restaurants, hotels, shops, and piazzas. It is continuing to develop into a popular vacation spot for many Italians.
To learn more about Amantea and check out some photos visit http://www.comuneamantea.it (Italian)