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View inland to the mountains and National Park

Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car advised
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed

Smart apartment, approx 250 metres walk from the white sandy beach. One double bedroom with balcony, separate bathroom with sink, shower, W.C, bidet and washing machine. Separate kitchen with electric hob, large fridge with icebox. Large living room with sofa bed (but also double airbed if needed). Satellite TV, DVD. Table and 4 chairs, another balcony with table and chairs and canopy

Suits family of four or 2 couples who want to be right near the beach but also enjoy exploring the local towns. Makes a good base for driving up and down the coast and for going into the mountains for day trips. About an hour's drive to the ferry to Sicily.

Size Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms
Nearest beach Marinella 100 m
Will consider Corporate bookings, Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 100 m
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Lamezia Terme 20 km, Nearest railway: Good rail links up and down the coast but the stat
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries DVD player
General Air conditioning, TV, Satellite TV
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Double beds (2), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace

Southern Italy region

Calabria is at the toe of the boot, the very south of Italy - lapped by the splendid crystal blue Ionian and Tyrrhenian Seas and separated from Sicily by the Strait of Messina. The warm climate, the beautiful colours of the sea, rocky coasts that alternate with sandy beaches, a nature that is wild and mysterious, the strong and genuine flavors of local food and the vestiges of its ancient origins make Calabria a unique place that tourists can enjoy in both winter and summer.

Those who love nature, its scents and mysteries, can explore the Calabrian inland around and in the Rila National Park, discovering pure and unpolluted scenery, where huge green belts alternate with blue lakes and waterfalls.

On the other hand, those who prefer basking in the warm rays of the sun and dive into a crystal-clear sea can choose from the many charming towns along the long Tyrrhenian and Ionian coasts.

If you prefer to learn about the region's past, Calabria, the cradle of Magna Graecia and land of ancient settlements, is full of splendid churches, monasteries, castles, palaces and towns where age-old traditions still survive. In fact life doesn't quite seem to have caught up with the 20 th century yet.

In short Calabria is quite relaxed and largely unaware of its tourist potential but still passionate about good local food, fine local wines and taking time to relax and chat and watch the world go by. (Many of them on mopeds or 3 wheel agricultural vehicles).

Pizzo

Pizzo, sometimes called Pizzo Calabro, is a seaside town in Calabria, southern Italy. The historic heart of the town is on a headland above the sea; newer settlements spread along the seashore in both directions but Marinella is just 5 minutes drive up the coast and just out of the main town. There are many beaches nearby but Marinella is on a long stretch of white beach which we estimate to be 15 miles in length. Pizzo is both a busy 'local' town and a holiday destination. It makes a good day out to go to Tropea, a more famous tourist resort further along the Costa degli Dei ('Coast of the Gods').

Pizzo tourist information:

Pizzo has two main tourist attractions: the Chiesetta di Piedigrotta, a bizarre cave-chapel on the shore, and the renowned tartufo di Pizzo, a chocolate truffle ice cream. It also has a historic castle and a pleasant town centre where there is a tourist information office in Piazza della Repubblica, the main square. This where they claim Ice Cream was invented. Even if that isn't true the ice creams and local speciality of tartufo (ice cream cakes) are worth the holiday on their own. Enricos Gelateria (30 seconds walk from the apartment) has around 35 flavours of home made icecreams and an abundance of cakes for all tastes. The tartufo di Pizzo is a chocolate and hazelnut ice cream (gelato) shaped as a rough sphere, containing chocolate fudge sauce and coated in cocoa powder and sugar.

The Chiesetta di Piedigrotta is just outside Pizzo; a fifteen-minute walk along the road leading out of town along the coast to the north-east. The church is down a flight of steps; tickets are for sale at a bar over the road. The church dates back to the seventeenth century and is a cave dug out of a soft rock in a bank facing right out to sea, and was originally created in gratitude by shipwrecked sailors who'd been saved from a storm. The interior is ornamented with statues carved enthusiastically from the rock by a local family in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It is hard to decide whether the chapel is a devoutly kitsch curiosity or a tourist trap. According to local tourist publicity, it is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Calabria, rivalling the Riace Bronzes in Reggio di Calabria's archaeological museum.

The centre of Pizzo is a picturesque network of narrow lanes, historic but bustling with everyday Calabrian life. There are many festivals including a strawberry festival and found the town lively with stalls, food tasting, live music and a jolly atmosphere. The heart of town is Piazza della Repubblica, where travellers can relax at an outdoor table and enjoy a gelato or a meal. Close to the square is Pizzo's castle, known as the Castello Murat. It was built in the fifteenth century but is most celebrated for being the place where Napoleon's brother-in-law, Joachim Murat, was executed. The castle is open to the public, and also hosts special events.

Downhill in the shadow of the castle is Pizzo's small harbour, with a pleasant seaside promenade. The railway station is along the coast in this direction (more below). There is a stretch of beach here, and more beaches on the other side of town, a short drive away. In the summer tourist season a little tourist 'train' called the Pizzo Express takes visitors on a tour of Pizzo and to the Chiesa di Piedigrotta.

Travel and transport:

Pizzo has a station on the branchline which runs along the Costa degli Dei through Tropea. Lamezia Terme, the site of the nearest airport to Pizzo, is half an hour away to the north, and Tropea is the same distance in the railway's other direction. Trains are approximately hourly. This railway station is about a 20 minute walk outside Pizzo - from Piazza della Repubblica, descend to the port and follow the coastal road.

The town also has another station on the main north-south railway line, shared with Vibo Valentia, which is called Vibo Valentia - Pizzo, though this is several miles from town. Buses also serve the area around Pizzo including a free summer shuttle to Lamezia Airport and along the coast. But we think a small car or even a moped gives you complete freedom and mobility so you can re-discover the area for yourself.

Around Pizzo:

Pizzo is conveniently placed on the coastal road and railway for visiting Tropea and the rest of the Costa degli Dei. If you have hired a car, you can tour the whole Tropea promontory visiting little coastal resorts and villages such as Briatico, Parghelia, Tropea, Capo Vaticano and Nicotera. The provincial capital, Vibo Valentia, is a short distance inland from Pizzo and is worth a visit for its mighty castle which has superb views. There are a number of interesting inland destinations for travellers with their own transport, such as Filadelfia. Further north up the Calabrian coast is the historic town of Amantea. Scilla, a very attractive fishing village and beach resort is around two hours away by train, and Reggio di Calabria is half an hour further - a long journey but worth it if you are interested in seeing the famous Greek statues, the Riace Bronzes, in the museum.

From this stretch of coast there are summer boat trips to the Aeolian Islands, with departures from Pizzo as well as nearby Vibo Marina. These day trips are a good way to visit several of the beautiful islands including Stromboli, which is an active volcano. You can Stromboli from "our" beach on a clear day and often at sunset.

Supermarket:

Head north to Catanzaro (just along from the airport) and there are some giant supermarkets to cater for all needs, maybe stock up here with water, wine or beer and some local produce for lunches or an evening meal on the balcony if you dont fancy going out every night. I must say we enjoy cooking our own mmeals from local produce but the evening often ends with desert at Enricos.

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