Discover Aspromonte Italy

The Calabrian Alps lie in the very toe of Italy's boot in the southernmost region of Aspromonte. A mountainous area that stretches west to the Tyrrhenian Sea, and east to the Ionian Sea, it is bordered to the north by the Petrace river. Thirty-seven communes of the Reggio Calabria province agreed to form Aspromonte National Park on their shared territory in 1989, although it only opened in 1994. The area is dominated in the centre by its highest summit, Montalto, which peaks at 1955m, and is a succession of raised areas broken by valleys with deep, natural cracks. These are fed by streams that fill with water following heavy rainfall, especially in spring and summer, and have eroded into deep canyons. There are certain spots that have exciting secrets waiting to be discovered in this stirringly evocative panorama. Not far from the town of San Luca is the Valle delle Grandi Pietre. It takes its name from its strangely shaped monoliths, which are the basis of numerous stories and legends. The landscape changes radically as it rises from the sea upwards to the mountains. The Mediterranean vegetation hugging the coast is replaced further inland by oak and holm oak forests, which in turn give way to scented pinewoods and clumps of beech trees at the higher altitudes.

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    The Aspromonte mountainsides

    The little villages on the slopes of the Aspromonte seem to be clinging to the mountain.

    Josef Puchinger - age fotostock
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    Aspromonte, Calabria

    Revealing gentle slopes and comprised of Archean rocks, the massif's highest peak is Montalto (1,956m). Most of the foothills plunge steeply into the sea.

    Anneli Hegerfeld-reck - age fotostock
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    The history of the Aspromonte

    In the resort town of St. Eufemia in Aspromonte, where Garibaldi was wounded, is a mausoleum containing his bust and plaques in memory of him.

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    The plains of Aspromonte

    The overlapping terraces are characteristic of Aspromonte, four different levels can be recognized. As a result, the vegetation in Aspromonte is rich and varied.

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    The high vegetation of Aspromonte

    Above 1000 meters, you will mainly find Corsican pine, Nebrodi fir and beech.

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    The low Aspromonte

    The coastal area of Aspromonte is dominated by citrus fruits, grapes and olives.

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