Closely surrounded by the Tyrrhenian and Ionian Seas, the mountain range covers the center of the southern tip of the Italian boot. The Aspromonte, with its sometimes bizarre rock formations, is crisscrossed by narrow valleys with stony riverbeds that usually dry out in summer because it rains mainly in winter. The highest elevation is the Montalto with a height of 1955 m s.l.m.
An area of 80,000 hectares is protected as the Aspromonte National Park.
The vegetation consists of olive, orange, and bergamot crops and macchia at lower altitudes. Extensive oak, holm oak, and chestnut forests grow in middle elevations, and agriculture is also practiced there. Pine, spruce, and fir trees grow in the highest elevations. Fauna includes wild cats, wolves, and Bonelli's eagles. However, it is strongly advised not to hike alone or without a local guide, as many trails are poorly marked and there is a high risk of getting lost in the wilderness.
However, it is strongly advised not to hike alone or without a local guide, as many trails are poorly marked and there is a high risk of getting lost in the wilderness.
The Aspromonte National Park
The small villages in the Park Area are also home to many historical, artistic, and archaeological treasures that are well worth a visit. The ancient villages preserve all the charm of the past, with the distinctive urban layout characterized by small terraced houses and narrow streets, small squares, ancient churches, stately buildings, and breathtaking panoramic views.
Pentedattilo, a semi-abandoned village, is overlooked by five sandstone pinnacles that resemble five fingers.
The town of Bova offers stunning views and is overlooked by the remains of a castle. Its beautiful historic center features a cathedral, the Byzantine Church of the Holy Spirit, Palazzo Mesiani, and the Basilica of San Leo. Gallicianò is the village that best preserves the Greek language and traditions including its music and gastronomy.
Skiing in Gambarie
I was totally surprised, but I spent one of my most beautiful ski experiences not in Canada or in the Alps, I had a perfect ski day in Sothern Italy!! In the resort of Gambarie (1600 m asl, part of the municipality of Santo Stefano in Aspromonte), just an hour and a half drive from Tropea and the Costa degli Dei. Skiing with Seaview is a unique experience and really priceless! While you are skiing you have a great view over the Aeolian Islands and the Strait of Messina. Highly recommended!