Calabria: the Toe of the Boot
Sunny and with an endless coastline that is lapped by the Ionian and Tyrrhenian seas it cradles rugged mountains, hidden forests and tiny villages. Its ancient origins are evident in its numerous archeological sites and is the base for the strength of the traditions behind the dialect, the food and the wine of the region.
Calabria, known in antiquity as Bruttium or formerly as Italia, is a region in Southern Italy, forming the traditionally conceptualized “toe” of the Italian Peninsula which resembles a boot.
The capital city of Calabria is Catanzaro. Its most populated city, and the seat of the Regional Council of Calabria, is Reggio Calabria in the Province of Reggio Calabria.
In ancient times Calabria was referred to as “Italy”. The Romans later extended the name to cover Southern Italy and then the entire peninsula, whereas the name Calabria was used to refer to the peninsula of Salento (also known as the “heel” of Italy).