The cape of Vatican (Capo Vaticano) is made from grey-white granite which has intrigued scientists and geologists from all around the world. In this tour, we offer you a visit of the Cape that is located at around 124 meters above sea level – known for the amazing beaches and the history where it was labeled as a Roman Hill by writers, priests an fortune tellers.This hiking tour will take you to the Cape and let you meet the Mantineo rock which has been considered to be especially holy but also see Calabria from the up above, with amazing views on the blue Ionian and Tyrrhenian seas that separate Sicily from the continent.
Sandy beaches, amazing trails, historic and art tours and luxurious hotels are all part of this hiking tour in Calabria that will sharpen your senses!
Day 01: Lamezia Terme Arrival – Capo Vaticano | Welcome to Calabria! Upon arrival at Lamezia airport please proceed to collect your luggage inside the customs area. Meet your driver and transfer to Capo Vaticano. Rest of the Day at Leisure. Overnight in Capo Vaticano.
Day 02: The Old Mill | Breakfast at the Hotel. Today’s walk takes us through vineyards and country roads down to a valley where we will find functioning old mill. We will continue through fields with magnificent views of the blue sea to an old Saracen tower, the Torre Marrana. We will pass through two picturesque small villages and a few farms before we take a break, not far from the hotel for a snack made up of many delicious treats. In the early afternoon our walk ends at the hotel. Take a rest, sunbathing on the beach or by the pool. In the early evening you may want to watch the sunset at the nearby Capo Vaticano, during the extensive tour around the Cape: We will also be able to enjoy the views from the ledge here, which protrudes right out to sea. There is also a variety of lush vegetation in this area and many great photo opportunities. Hiking time: 3-3 ½ hours uphill. Total descent downhill about 60 meters, while the total climb is about 300 meters. Distance: 10 Km Driving time: 10-15 minutes round trip. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Capo Vaticano.
Day 03: Mount Poro Plateau | Breakfast at the Hotel. Near the Capo Vaticano our hike begins along small paved roads and across a field to the plateau of Mount Poro. Here the majority of local cheeses such as feta, ricotta and mozzarella are produced. During the ascent you can enjoy a magnificent view of Capo Vaticano. Once at the top, lunch will be served in a local restaurant and you will get a taste of the cheese that is produced locally. Afterwards we will continue to the pilgrimage church of Madonna del Carmine, from here we descend on a beautiful road between cactus plants, chestnut and olive trees to the coastal town of Joppolo. A very short train ride will take us back to the hotel in the evening. Hiking time: 4-4 ½ hours with an ascending climb of 400m and a total descent of 550 m. Total distance: 12 km. Travel time: 20 minutes round trip. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Capo Vaticano.
Day 04: Reggio Calabria Art & Culture | Breakfast at the Hotel. Today enjoy a different day: By Private Car with Chauffer you will travel to Reggio Calabria, the city of many faces. As the birthplace of Versace, this city has a lot to offer! The Museo Nazionale contains the famous life size di Riace Bronzes: bronze statues of Greek warriors from the 7th century BC. The famous shopping street, Corso Garibaldi and the magnificent cathedral are definitely worth a visit. We also recommend you find time to take a walk on Italy’s most beautiful beach promenade, the Lungomare Matteotti. Here you can see the remains of Roman baths and the old Greek city walls neither of which should be missed. Late afternoon return to your Hotel in Capo Vaticano.
Day 05: Lake Zungri | Breakfast at the Hotel. After a day off it is time again for a good hike along beautiful untouched natural paths. We will reach today’s highlight in the morning: the old abandoned cave of Zungri offers wonderful insights into medieval cave life. Our trail leads us through a breathtaking landscape, past the small remnants of an ancient Roman villa with everything from a cistern to a small mountain lake which marks the end of today’s hike. Hiking time: 3 ½ – 4 hours. The total ascent is 380 m with the same amount for the decent. Distance: 11 km Travel time: 30 minutes round trip. Afternoon return to your Hotel in Capo Vaticano.
Day 06: Palmi & Monte Santa Elia | Breakfast at the Hotel. Today we will make our way to the coastal town of Palmi. A short detour to the ethnographic museum will give us a good insight into traditional customs of the Calabrian people, from magic and religious beliefs to the carpet weaving traditions and life of the shepherd. After this we will take a wonderful walk along the sloping flank of Mount S. Elia towards the sea. This marks the highlight of our hiking week: on a clear day there is a beautiful view of the Costa Viola, the Aeolian Islands and the Strait of Messina. We will have our lunch in the shade of oak trees before our return. Hiking time: 3 ½ hours ascent with a total climb of 300 m and equal descent. Total distance: 10 Km. Afternoon return to your Hotel in Capo Vaticano.
Day 07: Tropea and Pizzo Calabro Walking Tour | Breakfast at the Hotel. Morning departure, driving along the Tyrrhenian Coast to the beautiful & picturesque seaside town of Tropea, which existed at the time of the Roman Empire, developed with the Norman’s & more so with the Aragonese. Guided tour of the city centre & cathedral. Lunch and check in at your hotel. The tour continues passing through small beachside towns along the coast before arriving Pizzo Calabro famous for the Castle were Joacchino Murat (brother-in-law of Napoleon) was executed on October 18th, 1815. Do not forget to taste the local gelato called “Tartufo”!. Overnight at your hotel in Tropea or surrounding area. Afternoon return to your Hotel in Capo Vaticano.
Day 08: Capo Vaticano – Lamezia Terme Airport | Breakfast at the Hotel. Arrivederci. Ciao! Enjoy a Private Transfer to Lamezia Terme Airport.
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