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Captivating Calabria - A Cultural and Culinary Journey in Calabria by My Bella Vita
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“Life is beautiful and so are you.”
― Debasish Mridha
Dear Postcard Travellers,
La Vita è bella!
In Italian, it means “Life is beautiful,” and this week we’re heading to Calabria with My Bella Vita Travel to live the good life.
Less touristy than other regions of Italy, Calabria combines all the joys of Italy in one captivating destination. Join us as we travel to Tropea, where you’ll explore the cliff-top old town, dip your toes in the turquoise Tyrrhenian Sea and delve deep into the region’s multi-faceted history. Perhaps you have your own Calabrian stories you want to explore on a heritage tour.
You’ll also savor traditional Calabrian cuisine, from the vibrant burst of Tropea’s red onions to capers, olives and fiery chiles.
Finally, top off your transformational tour of this lesser-known Italian gem with a much-loved Calabrian custom: spritzing at sunset. You’ll also meet Cherrye Moore, founder of My Bella Vita Travel, and discover her favorite Southern Italian experience.
Read on for these and other Postcard stories from Calabria.
Editor, Postcard Travel Club
My Bella Vita Travel — The Best of Calabria
My Bella Vita, founded by American Cherrye Moore, takes you to the heart of Calabria. Beloved by Europeans, this enchanting region encapsulates off-the-beaten-path Italy. Sweeping beaches, towering mountains, serene lakes, waterfalls and olive groves await you, all steeped in rich history and diverse cultural influences.
My Bella Vita Travel brings this enchanting region to life through bespoke small group tours and private family heritage experiences. Join local experts and become immersed in Calabria's vibrant tapestry of landscapes, cuisine and traditions.
You can also venture beyond Calabria with My Bella Vita, adding customized small-group tours through Sicily and Malta to your Mediterranean adventures.
Tropea: Turquoise Waters and a Cliff-Top Old Town
Start your journey in spectacular Tropea, perched on towering cliffs overlooking the sea. Wander through the medieval streets and find tucked-away restaurants serving mouthwatering Calabrian specialties.
After your stroll, bask by the turquoise waters on the region's sun-drenched beaches. You can also embark on a boat trip to Capo Vaticano's sun-splashed shores and even witness the eruption of an active volcano on an evening excursion to Stromboli.
As the sun sinks in the sky, immerse yourself in local life at Plaza Ercole and savor gelato while watching the world go by on Corso Vittorio Emmanuele. Then witness a glorious sunset over the Aeolian Islands from Belvedere Piazza del Cannone.
Dining is a highlight on any visit to Italy, and Calabrian cuisine will not disappoint. Specialities include crispy-crust pizzas and tangy tuna pasta studded with capers, Calabrian chiles and Tropea’s famous red onions.
Other Calabrian specialties will also tickle your tastebuds. Nduja (a spicy, spreadable pork sausage from Spilinga), sun-ripened figs, Gaglioppo grapes, pecorino and Calabrian licorice all add their own vibrant note to the region’s symphony of flavors.
On My Bella Vita Travel's Food & Wine tour, you’ll embark on a 12-day culinary journey through Calabria's farms, dairies, vineyards and vibrant markets. You’ll also hunt for truffles in the mountains, indulge in cheese and wine tastings, enjoy cooking lessons and dine at charming trattorias and a Michelin restaurant.
Calabria’s zesty flavors will linger in your memory long after you return home.
Spritzing at Sundown
As the sun sinks in the Calabrian sky, the art of "spritzing" takes center stage. Join in the ritual by sipping on the classic Aperol Spritz, a delightful fusion of zesty orange liqueur and bubbly prosecco over ice, garnished with a slice of fresh orange.
Cherrye Moore of My Bella Vita Travel recommends the stunning sunsets form the terrace at the Hotel Ferretti in Diamante or the Cantina at the Benvenuto winery near Pizzo Calabro.
For those with an adventurous palate, explore the rich tapestry of spritz variations that Italy has to offer, from the bold flavors of the Campari Spritz to the invigorating Limoncello Spritz. If you crave a touch of minty freshness, the Hugo Spritz awaits your palate.
Cherrye Moore, Founder & CEO of My Bella Vita Travel
Cherrye Moore is the brains behind My Bella Vita Travel. A native Texan, she has spent the last 20-plus years traveling to and living in central Calabria finding the best of the region to share with her guests.
With a background in event planning, a flair for writing that's landed her in DK Eyewitness and Michelin Guides and a penchant for yoga and Pilates, she's a well-rounded professional.
Today, Cherrye basks in her bella vita and soaks up the simple joys of her adopted homeland. Her favorite Southern Italian experience is savoring an early evening aperitivo with friends in a bustling piazza.
A Final Note
To all our friends and fellow travellers in Morocco impacted by the devastating earthquake, we send love and healing light.
Our hearts are with you.
For those who want to help, the Intrepid Foundation has launched a dedicated appeal to support its Moroccan NGO partners, delivering essential aid such as food, shelter, clean water and medical supplies to local communities affected by the crisis. They will match donations up to a maximum of around USD $60,000.
Thank you for your generosity.
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