1 Matera

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.

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