A Nature Lover’s Dream: Camigliatello, Sila Grande

October 27, 2014 / Places
Camigliatello, Calabria

Home to some of the cleanest and most beautiful beaches on both the Tyrrhenian and Ionian coast, Calabria is also home to three National Parks and mountain ranges offering breathtaking views and unique nature excursions.

Il Parco Nazionale della Sila is the largest mountain range in Calabria and is often called “the green heart of Calabria”. It’s divided into three regions – Sila Grande, Sila Piccola and Sila Greca.

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View of Lake Cecita from Monte Curcio

Cosenza’s Sila Grande is filled with the enticing Arvo, Ampollino and Cecita lakes and charming mountain villages, such as Lorica and Camigliatello Silano. 

Camigliatello is a dream come true for nature lovers! Ride a cable car up Monte Curcio for stunning views and nature trails on the mountain.

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Going up! Cable cars take you to the top of Monte Curcio.
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Mountains for miles seen from the top of Monte Curcio.

Or, follow the walking path that starts near Parco Old Calabria at Torre Camigliati, an 18th century baron’s hunting lodge, and takes you to Croce di Magara. Croce di Magara is home to Il Fallistro, or the Giants of Sila – 56 larch pine trees dating from the Middle Ages and reaching upwards of 130 feet. They are quite remarkable!

After all that, you will certainly have worked up an appetite. No problem! Camigliatello is famous for its gastronomic delights like porcini mushrooms, sausages and other meats and cheeses. Perfect for a picnic by the lake, don’t you think?

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Cherrye Moore

by Cherrye Moore

Cherrye Moore is owner of My Bella Vita Travel, a boutique tour operator specializing in custom vacations and heritage tours in southern Italy. Join her in June or September for the Small Group Heritage Tour of Calabria – a unique small group tour that combines group travel with a private heritage tour, or in September for the Undiscovered Southern Calabria and Eastern Sicily Tour.

 

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