Calabria is the perfect location, with a fantastic climate year round. Whether you want a relaxing holiday on one of the many local beaches, around the pool, or a base to visit the fantastic ruins of Pompeii and Sorrento, or the Italian Riviera, Sicily, or even Rome, Case Rosse is the perfect location.
We have developed a guide in the villa with things to see and do locally, and further afield from an hour to a couple of days. We also provide guidebooks and maps to help you plan your trips. Below are some examples of places to visit. Where restaurants or bars are mentioned all have our own personal seal of approval and are friendly and welcoming with good service and competitive prices.
There is a has a huge variety of activities to choose from and you’ll be surprised at what southern Italy has to offer. Between the spectacular mountainous inland and the miles of stunning beaches there are thousands of locations to explore and activities on offer. You could enjoy the water sports, sunbathing and island exploration or just drive up to the Sila ski resort in the moutains about an hour away. A favourite destination for both Italian and foreign holidaymakers, Calabria offers a wide range of sports and leisure activities and with the glorious year round sunshine, you’ll have lots of time to indulge yourself!
The fantastic beaches and the crystal clear waters make for the perfect wet playground with scuba, yachting, swimming and much more on offer. You could enjoy the water sports, sunbathing and island exploration on the miles of sandy beaches or simply relax and enjoy the sunny weather.
For those who prefer their water based fun to be of a different kind, why not visit one of the 2 waterparks located around 30 minutes from Case Rosse.
The area features a selection of challenging 9-hole golf courses, the nearest of which is just 5 minutes drive from Case Rosse. Club hire is available.
There’s no need to explain traditional Italian cuisine! From pizza to pasta, cured meats and homemade ice cream – Italian food is famous and well loved around the world. The restaurant and pavement cafes in Italy are renowned for their fresh dishes made from locally grown organic produce.
Calabria is one of the most beautiful and unspoilt regions of Mediterranean coastline. It moves at a different pace, unhurried and relaxed the little villages and traditions intact for hundreds of years. This is also where you’ll find some of the best examples of traditional Italian cuisine. Each little town almost has its own special flavour, with pasta and sauce recipes handed down the generations to create the most delicious dishes.
It’s hard to imagine southern Italian dishes without tomato, and as such it is grown almost religiously. Grown all year long and prepared in various ways, the most delicious dishes are made from fresh, sun-dried, canned, condensed, liquefied or stuffed tomatoes. Nutritionists have long attributed the fantastic health of the Calabrian people to the amount of fresh organic tomatoes they eat.
A rich array of nuts, fresh fruit, biscotti and fruitcakes are enjoyed at breakfast and coffee time with the family. Cooking is more than just an action in Italy, it’s a passionate expression of love and caring for your loved ones.
The region is famous for its breathtaking ski slopes, just 1 hour's drive from Case Rosse. Offering miles of ski runs down the picturesque mountains of Sila. There are two main Ski resorts, the Camigliatello and Lorica resorts that offer a variety of popular runs also used in national skiing competitions. The Camigliatello ski resort is the biggest resort in southern Italy and features 5km of runs with various difficulties. A cable car takes you to the top of the peak where you find a restaurant at an altitude of 1800m. At the base of the cable car station are quaint wooden ski huts offering all ski services that you may require. Skiing is very affordable here, with full season, daily or weekly ski passes available at fantastically low rates. All ski equipment is available to be hired at the resorts to make your visit as convenient and economical as possible.
Citadella del Capo
The nearest village to Case Rosse is Citadella del Capo. Citadella is a charming fishing village with a beach and a couple of small friendly restaurants and bars. In summer there is also a childrens activity area open daytimes and evenings.Cetraro
The nearest small town, Cetraro has shops, banks, restaurants and bars, as well as a couple of modest supermarkets. There is also a marina with boat hire, restaurants and stalls selling freshly caught seafood. There is also a weekly market.Belvedere
Belvedere is the a wonderful small town and has a reasonable selection of shops, bars and excellent restaurants as well as a weekly market and sandy beach. There is also a 'lido' beach club and childrens club.Diamante
Known as the Jewel of the coast, Diamante is a wonderful old town, mixed with some fantastic beaches, bars & restaurants, as well as a good selection of shops.Cosezna
The regional centre, Cosenza has a wonderful old town, as well as all of the modern shops and restaurants you would expect. Large supermarkets can also be found here. Well worth a day trip.Sila
Set in the heart of Calabria, just one hour inland from its beautiful coast, The Sila region is an area of absolute natural beauty that that features an abundance of local historic, artistic and cultural heritage. Whatever the season, there is always plenty on offer in Sila, making it a year round destination. Due to the unique location of this unspoilt landscape, it combines the best holiday facilities between the sea and the mountains. The lush green forests slope down from the mountains to reveal large fertile grazing lands and cultivated fields with several crystal clear rivers that wind their way down to the sea.
The region is famous for it’s breathtaking ski slopes. Offering miles of ski runs down the picturesque mountains of Sila. There are two main ski resorts, the Camigliatello and Lorica resorts that offer a variety of popular runs also used in the national skiing competitons. For non-skiers there are many other exciting activities to enjoy including, nature trails and wildlife watching routes, boat trips and the beautiful beaches of Calabria only a short drive away.
The Camigliatello ski resort is the biggest resort in southern Italy and features 5 km of runs with various difficulties. A cable car takes you to the top of the peak where you find a restaurant at an altitude of 1800m.Slightly further afield:
(we have guidebooks for many of the places below in the villa)Sorrento, Amalfi Coast & Italian Riviera
This truly beautiful area can be reached from Case Rosse is around 3 hours by car or by train, so its possible to do a day trip if you are happy to get up early and back late. We would recommend an overnight stay though - we can recommend some hotels in the area. Turn off the motorway at Salerno and take the coast road along the Amalfi coast, stopping at the small towns as you wish on your way along the coast to Sorrento.Naples
Why not visit Naples, the home of Pizza. Naples can be reached from Case Rosse in around 3 1/2 hours by car or train.Pompeii, Herculaneum & Vesuvius
Whilst in the area a wonderful excursion is a trip to visit the famous ruins of Pompeii, and if time allows the lesser known but better preserved Herculaneum, and of course Vesuvius itself. All are easily accessible by car and train from the villa. As it takes around 2 1/2 hours to reach the area it is possible to visit on a daytrip. If you wish to stay overnight we can recommend a good hotel in Pompeii itself (dont worry it's a new hotel with 4 walls and a roof, and a very friendly and helpful concierge!)Rome
Rome can be reached in around 4 1/2 to 5 hours travel from the villa, either by Car or Train (change in Naples). Certainly worth a visit if you have never experienced some of its famous attractions such as the Trevvi fountain, Collusium or Spanish Steps. Again we can recommend a very reasonable hotel if you wish to visit Rome.Sicily
For somewhere very different with a charm all of its own why not visit Sicily. Take the ferry from Reggio Calabria (around 2 hours drive from Case Rosse) to Messina. At peak times ferries leave around every 15 - 20 minutes, taking just 20 minutes to reach Sicily, and costing only €25 return.http://www.usticalines.it/
N.B All distances and times quoted approximate and may vary slightly depending upon the route taken, traffic conditions and speed driven.