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Calabria

Calabria –

Calabria is a region in southern Italy, forming the “toe” of the Italian Peninsula. The capital city of Calabria is Catanzaro. The most populated city and the seat of the Calabrian Regional Council, however, is Reggio.

It is bordered to the north by the region of Basilicata, to the west by the Tyrrhenian Sea, and to the east by the Ionian Sea and has a population of just under 2 million. The demonym of Calabria in English is Calabrian.

The region is a long and narrow peninsula which stretches from north to south for 248 km (154 mi), with a maximum width of 110 km (68 mi).  It is surrounded by the Ionian and Tyrrhenian seas. It is separated from Sicily by the Strait of Messina, where the narrowest point between Capo Peloro in Sicily and Punta Pezzo in Calabria is only 3.2 km (2 mi).

Three mountain ranges are present: Pollino, La Sila and Aspromonte. All three mountain ranges are unique with their own flora and fauna. The Pollino Mountains in the north of the region are rugged and form a natural barrier separating Calabria from the rest of Italy.

La Sila is a vast mountainous plateau, about 1,200 metres above sea level, which stretches for nearly 2,000 km2 (772 sq mi) along the central part of Calabria. The area boasts numerous lakes and dense coniferous forests.

The Aspromonte massif forms the southernmost tip of the Italian peninsula bordered by the sea on three sides. This unique mountainous structure is full of wide, man-made terraces that slope down towards the sea.

In general, the lowest slopes are rich in vineyards, citrus fruit orchards and prickly pear cactus. Moving upwards, olives and chestnut trees appear while in the higher regions there are often dense forests of oak, pine, beech and fir trees.

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2 Responses to “Calabria”

  1. I love anything Italian! My mom was born in Reggio di Calabria. My father’s people were Neopolitan but he was born in the United States (New York).

    I enjoyed your information on Calabria!

  2. My grandparents came from Calabria

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