Santa Maria del Cedro / Riviera dei Cedri / Aieta
Breakfast at the hotel Club Village. In the morning we take a tour by boat of the Riviera dei Cedri. During the three-hour boat trip, we will visit the Dino Island, the largest of the two Calabrian islands on the Tyrrhenian Sea, we will enter the Grotta azzura, in English Light blue Cave so named for its particular waters and the Grotta del Leone, in English Lion’s Cave with its unexpected guardian. We will skirt the pediment of the island, western part of the same. Moving to the north side of the island we will see numerous inlets among which the striking Grotta del Monaco will stand out where you can admire what over time the water has been able to impress in the rock; All of this topped by a thick vegetation made of holm oaks, myrtle, small dwarf palms and graceful palinurous primroses. The navigation continues towards the coast of San Nicola Arcella so that you can admire the Arcomagno, a popular destination for its majestic arch that frames a fairytale bay, the natural harbor of San Nicola Arcella, Torre Crawford, named in honor of the writer Francis Marion Crawford who chose it in his long stays and Torre Dino, the bay of Zuongolo, the ear of Francidormo, Punta Dino and the bay of Carpino, the border between San Nicola Arcella and Scalea. 45-minute stop in the Saraceno bay. For lunch we move by private transfer to Aieta, a small town of 802 inhabitants located within the Cosenza area of the Pollino National Park. The historic center, located at 524 meters above sea level is dominated by a very rare Renaissance style in Calabria and is home to churches and palaces of considerable historical interest so as to fall within the prestigious club of the most beautiful villages in Italy. It is placed under the rocks where the eagle nested, which in the name and coat of arms evokes Greek roots (its name derives precisely from aetos, which in Greek means eagle) the center is characterized by a cluster of houses with red roofs set one against the other and surrounded by narrow alleys, all immersed in a wooded green frame. In the evening at sunset it seems to be in a magical place, the village turns into a real living crib. Once in town we move to a historic location adjacent to the Renaissance Palace where a local lady will wait for us in the company of an experienced interpreter and we will take part in a cooking class on fresh pasta processing, such as fileja, tagghiulini or maccarruni, typical Calabrian pasta handmade with flour and water (if the group is large, the cooking class will take place at the farm holiday). Lunch in a farm holidays featuring local products. After lunch guided visit of the city with a professional English speaking guide (or the required language). In the afternoon we come back to the hotel Club Village, on the way back we will stop at a farm where they grow the cedar and here we will pay a visit to the farm and they will explain all the various phases related to the processing of this precious fruit. Free time to spend at your leisure, beach loungers and umbrellas will be available (in a beach club or in a public beach, it depends on the period). In the evening Dinner featuring local products (first courses such as Pasta ca 'muddica e alici, pasta with breadcrumbs and anchovies usually consisting of spaghetti marinated with anchovies and oil bound by a handful of grated and toasted bread. Second courses such as Baccalà alla cosentina, stockfish prepared with potatoes, black olives, peppers, tomato sauce, bay leaves, parsley, salt and pepper. As dessert a sherbet with local cedars). Overnight in 3/4 * Hotel Club Village in Marina di Santa Maria del Cedro, on the seaside.