Costa Viola

- The Violet Coast -
From Palmi to Villa San Giovanni  Reggio di Calabria province.

The "Little Paradise": so the writer Leonida Repaci called the stretch of coast from Palmi to Bagnara.
In ancient times had already been called "Violet Coast" because of the color that water reflects during specific times of day.

We are almost at the end of the tip of the boot, a coast to be discovered. The depths of Cavaianculla, the Pietrosa, the Chianiti of Pietragalera, Cape Barbi still conceal and protect archeological and natural treasures of great interest

Palmi: Perched on a terrace sloping down to the sea and sheltered from the south hill of San'Elia, Palmi is considered to be a beach and mountain city. 
Besides the golden beaches of the Tonnara, Pietranera and Scina ', the extensive coastline of charming rock-strewn coves and stunning backdrops, has become a favorite destination for divers. 

The local Centro Immersioni also offer diving excursions to tourists wishing to get to know the wonderful depths of the Costa Viola. Palmi also offer visitor  nature walks along ancient paths and  breathtaking views.

Places to see: The  Taureana  site with the paleo-christian crypt and  the church of San Fantino, the first saint from Calabria. 
Nearby are the exciting caves of neolithic settlements of  Monastico Bizantino di Tarditi.
According to legends,  immense treasures  are buried in this area.

Bagnara Calabra is known for its beautiful beaches. The hill Marturano bisects the long beach that stretches for over a kilometer, from the mountain "Cucuzzo" to tower Ruggiero. 

To the north of the port of Bagnara,  the landscape is dominated by the projections and recesses of the mountains slopes. The area is beautiful and famous for its natural caves.

The "Grotta del Monaco" (the monk's cave) and la "Grotta Rondini" (cave of the swallows) can be reached by boat in a sea  that the reflections of the sun and rocks color of violet. Hence the name. 

The haunting vision of the Straits of Messina, Stromboli and the Aeolian Islands are one of Italy's most beautiful views, as described by Edward Lear, in 1847. 

Bagnara, where in late July is held the Sword Fishing festival, is also known as the home of the Torrone ( handmade nougat) still produced according to old traditions, made of toasted almonds, honey and covered with white chocolate, plain or garnished with praline wafer, hazelnut or orange

Below : View of Villa San Giovanni with the Port.

Scilla, the Pearl of the Costa Viola, made ​​famous by 'Homer's Odyssey ", is a delightful town, rich in history and maritime culture.

Its territory extends up to the Aspromonte mountain appendices.
In summer the  5000 inhabitants are joined by thousand of tourists.
Local fishermen still fish the Sword Fish  according to the old method of the Phoenicians.

Getting there :

By car - A3 Salerno-Reggio di Calabria SS18
By plane-Aeroporto dello stretto,(Airport of the Strait) Distance 30 Km
By train - Reggio di Calabria train station-Distance 25 Km
Accomodation - 73 structures - Beds 4,873

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