The historical importance, the dominations, the foreign influences are all factors that have influenced the Art and culture of Calabria.
The bronzes of Riace, among the most important works related to Calabria, testify to the importance that this region had at the time of Ancient Greece, the territory in which he was born and lived Pythagoras. The cultural ferment of Calabria does not end, however, in that period and, indeed, arrive until recently with Umberto Boccioni, famous artist among the leading exponents of Futurism, passing through Tommaso Campanella, philosopher, theologian, poet and Dominican friar, among the most excellent minds of his time.
Food and flavors of Calabria originate in its peasant tradition: many typical recipes are linked to specific occasions, often religious.
Particular importance in the Calabrian cuisine is given to all the foods to be preserved, such as cheeses, sausages and foods in oil and salt cured. Among these, the 'Nduja stands out, a very spicy sausage with a soft texture typical of Calabria. The 'Nduja is not the only hot product produced in Calabria: the Calabrian cuisine is, in general, very hot and has a strong presence of chilli pepper.
The landscapes of the Calabrian territory are very varied: the city centers, from the provinces to the smaller ones like Lamezia Terme, the small villages like Gerace, Belmonte Calabro, Stilo (and many others should be mentioned), the places of nature, such as the National Park of Sila, and of course the beautiful beaches, those of the Tyrrhenian coast (San Nicola Arcella, to name one), and those of the Ionian coast (eg Roccella Jonica).
Capo Rizzuto Marine Protected Area: the place in Calabria where sea and history meet
Camigliatello Silano: a town among the Calabrian mountains to be discovered all year round
Calabria's stories and traditions are many and well established and have the most disparate origins. Many are linked to the Greek origin of the territory, such as the tradition of the dialect "Grecanico", an idiom formed by the Greek language spoken in the area of Reggio Calabria, others, however, by the Catholic religion, such as the tradition of "giants": two large papier-mâché puppets representing a woman and a warrior who are carried around during Catholic holidays in many towns of Calabria.