Between history and nature
The Reggio area is not only known for its sea, as the Aspromonte National Park reigns supreme over the entire territory. Nature comes to life in a thousand different forms in this area, including beech, chestnut, white fir, and broom trees. The fauna is also very rich, featuring some species that are quite rare: the wolf, fox, hare, wild cat, badger, black boar, southern squirrel, and dormouse. With respect to bugs and insects, the presence of the “Rosalia Alpina” is especially noteworthy, which is known for its unique black and blue colour. Among the memorable amphibians, there is instead the Peppered Salamandra and the Salamandra terdigitata (also called "Salamander with glasses").
Many excursions immersed in nature can be organized in the National Park of Aspromonte. Some of these paths evoke history, such as the one that passes through the Garibaldino path, crossed by the hero of the two Italian worlds who was rescued by the locals after being wounded in one leg.
Sport lovers will not be disappointed. A trip to Gambarie, a charming ski resort, will have you skiing while admiring the view of the sea around the Strait. For the more adverterous, there is Aspropark, the adventure park with paths equipped for disabled people, refreshment areas, an area for children, an educational park, and a bicycle path that can be used for mountain bike excursions.
Born in Aspromonte, it is the first adventure park entirely dedicated to the mountains. A place immersed in nature and is truly designed for everyone: adults, children, and families. About half an hour’s drive from the centre of Reggio Calabria, located in Forge, and just 5 minutes from Gambarie d’A [...]
Inaugurated in July 2019, the Gambarie Bike Park represents a unique opportunity to experience the Aspromonte park from a different perspective, while riding a mountain bike. In fact, among the woods and beach wood, there are winding paths for everyone and every level of expertise, from which it is [...]
Gambarie is a mountain resort located in the heart of the Aspromonte National Park, 35 km from Reggio Calabria. This small mountain town is located at 1,350 metres above sea level and is surrounded by peaks of over 2000 metres. In the winter months, the mountain peaks are covered with snow; the ski [...]
On August 29th, 1862, in Aspromonte, Garibaldi’s redshirts clashed with the royal army sent to stop Garibaldi’s attempt to march from Calabria to Rome to drive out Pope Pius IX. During the battle, Garibaldi’s left leg and right foot were shot. Injured, he was placed under a tree while the Bersaglier [...]