The landscapes of Calabria are surrounded on almost all sides by the sea and differ from one another depending on the altitude. They provide an ideal habitat for some rare animal and plant species, for example the Bosnian pine, which grows on the inaccessible summits of the Pollino mountains. Aspromonte, full of mysterious charm, and La Sila, with its close relationship between mankind and nature, are both areas protected within national parks.
The Calabrian coast enjoys an enviable climate, and it is surely no coincidence that the Greeks chose to settle in this region and build their first towns here from the 8th century BC onwards. Cradled between the Ionian and Tyrrhenian Seas, its beaches and coves are not always equipped for beachgoers, but they do boast an undeniable natural charm.
Ancient and flourishing 'Great Greece' left behind it not only memories of its antique splendour, but also a whole series of precious archaeological remains. The biggest and most valuable of these found in the region were the Riace Bronzes, which are now displayed at the National Museum of Magna Grecia in Reggio Calabria.