Sliced by a ravine containing thousands of Sassi – cave dwellings gouged out of rock – Matera’s unique landscape never ceases to astonish.
2 Cripta del Peccato Originale, Contrada Petrapenta
The best example of the region’s distinctive rock-hewn churches, with vibrant eighth-century frescoes inside.
3 Tropea promontory
This region has it all – white sandy beaches, turquoise water, hills tumbling down to the coast and – in Tropea Town and Pizzo – two of the most beautiful old centres in Calabria.
4 Bronzi di Riace
Two extraordinary, 7ft-high, bronze statues of Greek athletes fished out of the sea and displayed in Reggio Calabria.
5 Purple Codex, Rossano
An illustrated manuscript from the sixth century with fascinating early depictions of the life of Christ.
6 Capo Colonna
A solitary Doric column marks the spot of what was the most important Greek temple on the Ionian coast.