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Reggio Calabria: weekend between Bova and Gerace.
Thu, 12 Oct 2017

Reggio Calabria: weekend between Bova and Gerace.

It is from the city of the strait, on the Calabrian shore, where begins the weekend to discover the villages of Bova and Gerace.

Let's depart from what Gabriele D'Annunzio defined as "the most beautiful kilometer of Italy", the promenade of Reggio Calabria, at Bova's turn, after a sweet breakfast with almond paste.

It is the Ionic estate, which runs from Reggio to Taranto, to give us breathtaking scenery on the southernmost Italian seas, and on eastern Sicily.

Bova

From Bova Marina we climb to the ancient village of Bova, perched on the eastern side of the Aspromonte almost a thousand meters high. The ascent gives us views of the coastal arch, as well as the typical natural scenery of Aspromonte.

Among the most important centers of Calabrian greek culture, Bova was an ancient bishopric, and has a cathedral that dates back to the first centuries AD.

The quaint village is overlooked by the ruins of the Norman castle, dating to the X and XI centuries, and offers a lumpy alley where we lose ourselves in search of the most beautiful and characteristic sights, discovering the gentle palaces that witness the history and importance of the village. The beauty of the village, its views and its history combines the rich and varied cuisine of southern Calabria that offers so many specialties.

We allow ourselves a nice salami dish, including the unavoidable supper, with wild fennel and chili pepper, capocollo, bacon and a bit of nduja.

Among the cheeses we try the Asparagus pecorino cheese and goat cheese.

Gerace

Return to the Blue Ionian Sea when we descend to Bova Marina and climb the Calabrian coast to Gerace. Until Locri is a succession of seaside, sometimes extraordinarily deserted beaches, and small hamlets that look north to Africa and Greece, the other side of the world beyond the sea.

From Locri we go down to Gerace, located on a sandstone cliff almost five hundred meters high, in which is preserved an extraordinary historical heritage.

It is a continuous alternation of squares, alleys, portals, sumptuous palaces and monumental churches including the Cathedral, Calabrian Norman jewel, one of the largest religious buildings in the region, dating from the XI to XII century. Only a part of the walls and a tower are left of the castle.

Gerace is also also sea breaks and craft shops where to get lost in precious ceramics.

A good parmigiana with eggplant, mozzarella, ham, tomato and breadcrumbs, and squashes with and without anchovies, accompanied by a good White Melissa wine from the Catanzarese lands, are the best trip to the flavors of the area before closing the weekend with a sip of Bergamino, the typical reggin liqueur.

By Luca Sartori

Events

  • The Procession of the Palms
    14-04-2019 | Bova (RC)
    Religious occurrences

    Add to calendar 2019-04-14 2019-04-14 Europe/Rome The Procession of the Palms Particular sculptures with leaves and olive barrels, depicting women and are adorned with flowers and the firstfruits. Bova

    Particular sculptures with leaves and olive barrels, depicting women and are adorned with flowers and the firstfruits.

    Village of Bova

  • Procession with the Varette in wood
    19-04-2019 | Bova (RC)
    Religious occurrences

    Add to calendar 2019-04-19 2019-04-19 Europe/Rome Procession with the Varette in wood Bova

    Village of Bova

  • Novena and patronal feast of San Leo
    05-05-2019 | Bova (RC)
    Patronal parties

    Add to calendar 2019-05-05 2019-05-05 Europe/Rome Novena and patronal feast of San Leo Bova

    Village of Bova

  • Feast of S. Luca
    05-10-2019 | Bova (RC)
    Religious occurrences

    Add to calendar 2019-10-05 2019-10-05 Europe/Rome Feast of S. Luca Bishop of Bova Bova

    Bishop of Bova

    Village of Bova

  • Christmas with the ciaramelle
    From 08-12-2019 To 25-12-2019 | Bova (RC)
    Religious occurrences

    Add to calendar 2019-12-08 2019-12-25 Europe/Rome Christmas with the ciaramelle Living crib and bonfire. Bova

    Living crib and bonfire.

    Village of Bova

  • Grecanico New Year's Eve
    31-12-2019 | Bova (RC)
    Festival

    Add to calendar 2019-12-31 2019-12-31 Europe/Rome Grecanico New Year's Eve Bova

    Village of Bova

  • The Befana of the children
    06-01-2020 | Bova (RC)
    Festival

    Add to calendar 2020-01-06 2020-01-06 Europe/Rome The Befana of the children Bova

    Village of Bova


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