A new coast-to-coast hiking trail in the southern Italian region of Calabria, which runs from the Ionian Sea to the Tyrrhenian Sea, has been formed by the Kalabria Trekking association.
The Kalabria Coast to Coast Way runs for 34 miles from the town of Soverato to the town of Pizzo, passing through mountains and along beaches.
The new trail is divided into three 12-mile sections, each with different levels of difficulty so people of all ability levels can enjoy the trail.
Each 12-mile section is carefully signposted – wooden signposts have been installed at the main crossroads in the hilly-mountain area, while horizontal stripes with white and red paint have been placed along the entire route on trees, walls, stones or asphalt.
Kalabria Trekking’s volunteers are also available by phone for trekkers in need of assistance, and visitors are also encouraged to check in and out of the trail so their trip can be supervised for safety purposes.
“The Kalabria Coast to Coast Way, is a naturalistic path of 55 km, to be savoured at a slow pace among expanses of centuries-old olive trees, rows of vines, fields of wheat and prickly pears, centuries-old chestnut and beech woods, picturesque granite stones shaped by time and the magnificent oasis nature of the Angitola lake,” according to the Kalabria Trekking Website.
Kalabria Trekking adds: “It is above all an emotional and sensorial journey inside a Calabria far from the usual tourist routes, to discover those ancient flavors and values that are the roots of this wonderful land, rich in history and millenary culture and where time seems to have stopped.”
The Kalabria Coast to Coast Way trail also comes with a passport feature, which allows hikers to mark their progress with stamps from each town along the way. The passport also grants discounts in local restaurants and hotels.
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyle including sustainable and green living.