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About Corigliano Calabro, Italy

You may give an understandable gasp of delight as you approach Corigliano Calabro on your ship. The white houses of the hilltop town look as if they've been piled higgledy-piggledy on top of each other and like they're tumbling into the sea.

Climb to the castle to see its hall of mirrors, all framed in gilded stucco and hung with Bohemian crystal chandeliers from a trompe-l'oeil ceiling. And, as if your ship were not an opulent enough experience, you could always visit the nearby ancient city of Sybaris which amassed great wealth thanks to its fertile land and busy port.

The food of the region offers many pleasures; a delicious concoction of cultural flavours, thanks to the people, including the Greeks, Romans, Normans, Arabs, Spanish and French, who made coastal Calabria their home over the centuries. Be warned. This area is the chilli capital of Italy and chillies find their way into many dishes, including even the ice-cream!

 

Shore excursions in Corigliano Calabro

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Corigliano, Rossano and Wine Tasting

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 7 hours

Travel back to the 11th century with a visit to Corigliano Castle and the famous liquorice factory. Then, sample cheese and wine at a Cirò farmhouse.

Start your Calabrian journey of discovery with a visit to a fully-restored Norman castle in Corigliano. The castle attracts many tourists each year, who flock to marvel at its ornate ramparts, intricate ceiling frescos and stained-glass windows.

Later, move on to Rossano, and take in the heady aromas of the Amarelli liquorice factory. This renowned family has produced this salty-sweet treat since 1731, and now invites you to see how it’s made, then taste the moreish results!

Afterwards, hit the medieval streets of nearby Rossano on a guided walk and marvel at the centuries-old architecture. Visit the 11th century cathedral of Maria Santissima Achiropita and the Diocesan Museum.

Then, after a picturesque drive through the countryside, you’ll enjoy superb wines and a sublime selection of local cheeses and wine at a farmhouse in the famed Cirò wine region.

It’s the perfect ending to a fascinating tour of Calbrian culture, history, food and fine wine.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There’s approximately 2½ hours’ of walking involved on this tour, over rough and uneven ground which includes inclines and steps. Flat, comfortable shoes and sun protection are recommended. Please note that a full lunch is not included however you will be offered some local cheese and bread to sample at the Farmhouse. This tour may operate in reverse order.

Ducal Castle and Rossano Amarelli Factory

Activity high

Duration: 6 hours

Step back in time with a visit to Corigliano Castle and a tour of a nearby Byzantine town, famed for its production of liquorice.

Take in the old Italian charm of the Ionian coast between Corigliano and Rossano, starting your tour with a visit to Corigliano’s Norman Ducal Castle. Restored to its former glory, the castle is unsuprisingly a magnet for tourists, as its interiors are alive with vibrant colours,in both its intricate ceiling frescoes and stained-glass windows. And the views from its terraces are stunning.

Next, the city of Rossano, home-sweet-home to the world-famous Amarelli liquorice factory, Italy’s foremost producer since 1731. Marvel at the family’s museum, built in in 2001, with its old world farm machinery and a mouth-watering display of liquorice production in action.

To round off your tour, you’ll explore the medieval heart of Rossano. Immerse yourself in its rich history as you walk its captivating, ancient streets, flanked by centuries-old architecture.

Your guided walk will show off the enduring 11th century cathedral of Maria Santissima Achiropita, and the Diocesan Museum, and a visit to San Marco's oratory – the city’s most ancient monument and the best-preserved Byzantine church in Italy.

This is an inspiring tour of one of southern Italy’s most noted religious centres and will leave you with an enduring memory of this truly beautiful region.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There’s approximately 2½ hours of walking over rough and uneven ground, which includes inclines and steps. Refreshments and lunch is not included on this tour, so please have a hearty breakfast and bring bottled water. Flat comfortable shoes are recommended. This tour may operate in reverse order.

Magna Grecia Highlights

Activity high

Duration: 4 hours

Wonder at the Greco-Roman archaeological artefacts in a museum,and visit the mountain village of Altomonte.

It’s time to uncover Calabria’s epic history; one closely interwoven with its Greek neighbours. The Magna Graecia (meaning ‘Great Greece’) was once home to Greek settlers before Roman colonisation.

Take a time-travelling guided tour of the National Archaeological Museum of Sybaris, where you’ll discover Greek and Roman artefacts, all part of a collection that spans 1000s of years. There’s even a small terracotta statuette that dates back to around 550 BC, as well as compelling decorative pieces depicting life during Roman rule.

Later, head for the hills and a change of scene. The charming village of Altomonte clings to the mountainside and captivates tourists with its medieval past and traditions.

You’ll visit the gothic-angioine Church of Santa Maria della Consolazione and the Dominican Convent. Afterwards, you'll visit the Civic Museum, home to celebrated 14th century Italian works.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There’s approximately 2½ hours walking involved on this tour over rough and uneven ground which includes inclines and steps. When visiting Altomonte your coach will park at the bottom of the hill and you must walk up a path comprised of steep cobbled inclines, and navigate many steps to reach the village perched on top of the hill. This tour is not suitable for passengers with mobility difficulties or wheelchair users. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. This tour does not visit the archaeological site of Sybaris. Flat, comfortable shoes and sun protection are recommended. This tour maybe operated in reverse order.

Calabrian Scenic Drive – Cheese and Wine

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 3 hours

Take a scenic drive to the famed Cirò wine region in Calabria. At a premioum local winery, indulge in a delicious cheese and wine tasting.

A real treat for lovers of great food and wine. Throw in a picturesque scenic drive through the dramatic Calabrian landscape and you’ve a feast for all the senses!

Make your way by coach through verdant vineyards on the foothills of the Ionian coast, as you head away from Corigliano, and travel south towards the province of Crotone. Here, you’ll find the wine region of Cirò. One of the oldest wine names in the world, Cirò has been producing wine for thousands of years and, today, is especially celebrated for its full-bodied, structured reds.

In 1969, the local grape ‘gaglioppo’, achieved the ‘DOC’ appellation, and the winery you'll visit is one of its top producers.

Here, the feast begins. There will be 4 wine varieties for you to sample (1 white, 1 rosé, and 2 reds), accompanied by an appetizing selection of local cheeses, grilled bread with olive oil and sardella (fondly known as Calabrian caviar – a richly flavoured seafood sauce), and n’duja (a spreadable, pate-like pork sausage, flavoured with roasted peppers and spices).

After you’ve had your fill, you’ll round off your culinary journey with a drive through the panoramic countryside, back to your ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There’s approximately 30 minutes walking involved on this guided tour over rough and uneven ground which includes inclines and steps at the winery. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended.

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