Province of Catanzaro, Calabria
Sila National Park
The north of the province forms part of the beautiful Sila National Park, famous for its unspoiled landscape and wide variety of animals and unusual plants. The Sila National Park is a wonderful place to visit at any time of the year with skiing in the winter and trekking in the cooler summer months. There are some nice villages on the lower levels which make an interesting day trip. Two examples are Taverna, on the lower, southern slopes and Tiriolo with it's medieval castle and panoramic views over both the Tyrrhenian and Ionian seas.
Sila National Park - Photo: Ndn
Running right across the province, at the narrowest point from west to east, there is a 30km long, narrow valley about 2km wide which separates the two seas. It runs from the Piana di Sant'Eufemia to the Corace Valley and reaches the sea at both ends. It is know as either the Isthmus of Catanzaro or Isthmus of Marcellinara. On the higher ground around the town of Marcellinara it is possible to view both seas at the same time.
Catanzaro old town - Photo: Aquila Giallorosso
Viadotto Morandi by night - Photo: Nchiriano
This province is a well known holiday destination and has some beautiful coastal areas, especially along the Ionian stretch. The indented bay known as the gulf of Squillace is one of the most stunning with long white beaches broken up by magnificent rocks. The bay is named after the small town of Squillace which is a very popular resort as well as being an important archaeological site and home to a Norman castle.
Squillace Norman castle - Photo: Jelly