Calabria forms the toe to southernmost Italy’s boot. The region readily gets new and repeat visitors because of:
• Arab, French, Greek, Oscan, and Spanish artifacts;
• Attractive deciduous woodlands of chestnut, olive, and orange trees;
• Byzantine-style silk production;
• Crystalline, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks;
• Fragrant coniferous forests of beech, fir, oak, and pine trees;
• Latin-true dialect;
• Spring waters;
• Warm temperature averages of 46°F (8°C) in winter and of 86°F (30°C) in summer;
• Welcoming Ionian and Tyrrhenian Sea coastlines.
It has Italy’s two highest bridges:
• Italia Viaduct;
• Sfalassa Viaduct.
It is one of the world’s most beloved venues of the tarantella -- the so-called spider-bite dance from Italy’s heel in Apulia -- mentioned in “Big Anthony and the Magic Ring.”