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Calabria is in the toe of Italy’s boot and this southern region is becoming increasingly popular with expats searching for a holiday home in Italy. For a long time the south has been more impoverished than the north of the country, but the grandeur of the scenery accompanied by attractive property prices and a lower cost of living are all helping to sell this part of Italy to new buyers.

Calabria is rather a large region offering everything from beachside resorts on the Ionian Sea to retreats in the mountains. Compared to the north, very few Calabrians speak much English, but as more English-speaking expats choose it as a retirement or holiday destination this is likely to change. If you are looking for a spot where more English is spoken, then Tropea, which is already a well-known beach resort may be the place to head to.

Transport in Calabria

Transport is an important consideration. Lamezia International Airport has direct flights from the UK and other parts of Europe and there is a major train line from Rome to Reggio Calabia as well as lines from Naples..

Coastal resorts

Calabria has a 500-mile coastline on both the Ionian and Tyrrhenian seas and an enormous number of beaches. The airport is on the Tyrrhenian coast and is therefore close to the resorts of Pizzo, Tropea and Capo Vaticano. To the north of the airport, popular destinations are Pianopoli, Amantea and Cosenza. On the Ionian coast, which is as close to the airport as some of the resorts on the Tyrrhenian Sea, Crotone, Le Castella, Catanzaro Lido, Caminia and Soverato are the leading beach resorts. If you are looking for the buzz of city life Italian style, then Reggio Calabria and Catanzaro are the two major cities offering this kind of lifestyle, but outside of the cities you will find a very relaxed pace of life

A life in tune with nature

Since Calabria is at the southern end of the Apennine mountain range, there is no way to escape hills here and only 10% of the region could be called flat. On the other hand, the wines and cuisine of Calabria are considered to be amongst Italy’s finest, although neither are so well known outside of Italy, perhaps even outside Calabria. Here eating organically isn’t a new trend – it has been a way of life for centuries and most people eat local produce and according to the season. As one expat who relocated here wrote in her blog Paradise of Exiles:

“Indeed, one of my favorite aspects of living here is that Calabrian life revolves entirely around being in tune with nature. Even if I didn’t have a calendar handy, I’d know the time of year by village’s activities, whether it’s vendemmia (grape harvest) in September, olive picking in November, sausage-making in January and February, or brush clearing and burning off in May and early June.”

If you think that a land packed with olive groves, streets with lemon and orange trees, crystal clear waters and long stretches of practically uninhabited beaches are important elements of the lifestyle you’re looking for, then please have a browse through Umuzee.com’s properties for sale in Calabria – discover this part of Italy before everyone else does!

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