Pizzo Calabro is a seaside resort around 34 km from Lamezia. The church of S. Giorgio and the nearby castle are worth a visit, as well as the charming narrow streets where you can wander around and discover the Italian historical heritage. Moreover, a must when you visit this area is to taste the delicious “Tartufo,” a local ice cream, well-known in Italy.
This city, located 43 km from Lamezia, features the "Castello Normanno Svevo", which deserves to be visited on its own and has been turned in a museum that celebrates this Italian area as one of the pearls of Magna Graecia. Furthermore, the ruins of the ancient Greek city of Hipponion not only include a beautiful temple but also impressively high walls that were built to protect the province.
Tropea is a village located 64 km from Lamezia and famous for its white beaches which run right up to Capo Vaticano. The village itself is picturesque and romantic with winding streets and beautiful small piazzas; not to be missed is Pasticceria Tre Stelle, a cosy bakery with a great variety of "pasticcini" (small pastry). Noteworthy is also a Norman church with an interesting black crucifix and the dark-skinned Madonna of Romania. Due to a number of wonders, the citizens of Tropea has proclaimed the Virgin Mary of Romania the patron of village.
Serra San Bruno is a village located 70 km from Lamezia, on a little hill. It was named after the founder of the Carthusian Order and, in fact, features a famous monastery; unfortunately, though, the site is out of bounds to tourists because of the Chartusian monks' vow of enclosure, but you can still visit the museum and enjoy the peculiar nature around this area.
In Lamezia Terme, history-lovers will like The Diocesan Museum. Here you can see several paintings and art objects from the 17th and 18th century. The most famous artefact is a beautiful ivory jewellery box from the Arab-Sicilian collection, which dates back to the 12th century.
Stilo, located 107 km from Lamezia, is included in the official list of the most beautiful Italian villages, being extremely rich in ruins from different ages. When here make sure to visit the Byzantine-style church called "Cattolica", since it is considered to be one of Calabria’s masterpieces.
Monasterace Marina is a seaside village, located around 90 km from Lamezia Terme. It used to be known as "Kaulon", colony of Magna Graecia, consequently it's worth visiting especially for the remains of the Greek settlement, including a temple and some Hellenic houses, as well as for the archeological Museum.
Reggio Calabria is located on the very edge, on the toe of the so-called "Italian boot" and in the southern area of Calabria. This is the largest and oldest city in the area and here you will find beautiful beaches and lots of different attractions, such as museums, theatres and a lovely botanical garden.
Affordable prices combined with a great service and evocative location, just in front of the Duomo, this restaurant attracts guests with their speciality like the "Tropeana": pizza with onion, tuna and capers. Also, you'll be enchanted by the romantic environment created by lovely candles at every table.
At this warm and friendly restaurant in the middle of the countryside, meat-lovers will get their taste-buds satisfied. A wide array of meat-dishes are on the menu as well as alternatives for guests that prefer something else. Everything is served and presented with high professionalism by the helpful staff.
This authentic restaurant in Reggio Calabria offers top quality food and a list of fine wines. Guests can enjoy the cosy atmosphere out on the patio or in the rustic dining room. The friendly atmosphere is only added when the chef himself comes out to see if the guests are happy with the food.
Family owned restaurant that offers its guests traditional Italian food. The prices are definitely affordable and the staff are taking their time to explain the menu in every detail. Vegetarian options are also on the menu. When entering inside you will soon realise how the refined interior design creates a romantic atmosphere.
At Gelateria Callipo, in a quiet location, you will find real, delicious ice cream and cakes. You do not want to miss out on their desserts that are made with natural and genuine products. Also, they have received the "Premio Food 2016", for their "Tartufo Limoncello": definitely not to be missed.
Henry Morgan Pub is one of the most popular places, definitely the centre of the area especially in the summer. Great location with three different big rooms and a cosy terrace is available for the guests. The calendar is full with themed nights and entertainment throughout the year, such as live music, cabaret, karaoke and sport.
If you are in the mood for a more alternative kind of night, then Off Officine Sonore is definitely the place for you. Live music club where Italian and international independent bands are always playing (Emidio Clementi, Le Luci della Centrale Elettrica and Calibro 35, just to mention some of them). Offering its clients peculiar music and readings, this club has become the centre of the cultural life of many young people.
Lively bar that will satisfy all your desires, since it offers a wide variety of food (from pizza to hamburger, from meat to sandwiches). You can enjoy your dinner while drinking one of the millions cocktails that you could choose from and watching a football match, as in the tradition of the American Bar.
When in Calabria you can't miss the occasion to visit this amazing bar where music is the main protagonist: spend a night here and you will feel like you're back in the 50s. To be highlighted are the sandwiches with traditional ingredients from the Calabria region and the beers.
Shopping mall located not so far from Lamezia Terme, in the province of Catanzaro, where you can find a big supermarket, a cinema, countless shops and of course cafés, restaurants and ice-cream parlours. Come and have a look at it during a summer afternoon that is just too hot to be spent outside or on a rainy day!
If you are looking for typical food (at the very least you should buy oil, oregano and chili pepper), one of the best shops is "Antichi Sapori di Calabria". They also have a shop located at the airport of Lamezia Terme, strategic location to buy some traditional food as souvenir before leaving.
In the north-east area of Lamezia Terme, you will find this colourful boutique, where all the ladies who just can´t stop themselves from buying cute blouses à pois or retro-style dresses will nothing but love every item here. Also, the environment is particularly refined with flowers on the shelves and romantic paintings.
Giglio Boutique provides a particularly wide array of high quality and elegant clothes and accessories for everyone. In fact, three different stores have been created in order to target men, women and children, having the right amount of space to offer a complete assortment for each of these categories.
Vert Shop offers an incredibly wide array of products: clothes, shoes, belts, sunglasses, wristwatches, backpacks and much more. All of these "street styled" products suit perfectly not only the teenagers who are looking for a new outfit for school, but also adults who are looking for something to wear while training.
Here you will find everything you need to organise an event, a birthday party or a theme party for children and adults. Party Shop, in fact, offers garlands, balloons, whistles, costumes and much more; also, the staff is always available to set up the party. Everything here is so colourful and creates such a cheerful atmosphere that you won't be disappointed.
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Calabria is located in southern Italy and, as such, is characterised by a hot and dry Mediterranean climate. There are, however, differences inside Calabria: the west coast, for instance, is generally colder and rainier and has high cliffs and small beaches, while the east coast is influenced by the hot and dry air of Africa, and has plenty of large, sandy beaches. The inner part of Calabria is mountainous and experiences low temperatures and heavy snowfall in the winter. If you want to enjoy the beaches and attractions this region has to offer, summer is the best season, roughly from June to September. This period is when most people decide to visit Calabria, as the weather is nice and you can enjoy the vibrant nightlife and the many festivals the major cities have to offer, such as the Summer Arena Festival in Soverato or the Tropea Red Onion and Bluefish Festival in Tropea.
The Lamezia Terme International Airport (St. Eufemia Airport) is located app. 15 km from the city centre. The local transport company Lamezia Multiservizi will take you into the city centre in 40 minutes with buses leaving every 20 minutes. Lamezia Multiservizi Via della Vittoria 1, Lamezia Terme +39 0968 441812 www.lameziamultiservizi.it [email protected] There are also several taxis waiting outside the terminal. The price of the ride depends on how many persons are sharing a taxi, how much luggage there is and what time and day it is.
The company which operates Lamezia Terme’s local transport system is “Lamezia Multiservizi.” One ticket costs around 1.30 € (2 € on board) and is valid for 90 minutes. The best option to visit the area, though, is to rent a car. At the airport, for example, you can find an array of different rental companies that will satisfy all your needs for about 60/70 euros a day (Hertz, +39 0968 51533; Europcar, +39 0968 51541; Maggiore, +39 0968 51331. See also www.sacal.it).
Taxis in Lamezia Terme are usually white or yellow and there should be a meter visible by the front seat inside the car. If you call for a taxi or book one online, the meter starts running as soon as the car starts its journey to pick you up. There are several taxi stands throughout the city. One of the main taxi companies in town is Taxi Lamezia: +39 333 4254735 www.taxilamezia.it [email protected]