Geographically, Calabria is distinct, due to its peripheral and almost
isolated location whencompared with the rest of Italy and Europe. Its
central location in the Mediterranean Sea enables guests to reach Calabria
by airplane in a few hours from virtually any location within and outside
the European Union (EU). Calabria is also well served by a network of
highways and trains.
The complex landscape of the territory provides an outstanding variety
of environments such as the Mediterranean Sea and the mountains which
cross the region. More specifically, plains constitute 9% of the territory,
hills 49.2% and mountains 41.8%. Calabria is one of the most heavily wooded
areas in Italy (28.2% of its surface). A wealth of splendid scenery lies
along the littoral which, includes the Tyrrhenian and Ionian coasts.This
stretches for nearly 800 km and is characterized by a tremendous panorama
that rages from delightful rocky coves (especially on the Tyrrhenian)
to vast beaches on a clear sparkling sea. The magnificent inland area
is dotted with tiny picturesque villages hugging the hills that slope
down to the water, with colorful and typically Mediterranean citrus plantations
and olive groves. As for the coasts, Calabria presents some of the most
renowned diving sites in Italy; one of these sites is located in the sea
facing Santa Caterina Ionio.
The climate is one of the major strengths of the region with a yearly
average temperature of 22.34 C. In the coastal zones, the climate is Mediterranean,
with mild rainy winters and hot dry summers; towards the interior, it
becomes progressively continental, particularly on the high mountains.
Precipitation is plentiful, especially at an altitude, on the Tyrrhenian
flanks, but is scantier on low-lying ground and on coastal summits.