The Greko-Calabrian Countryside

Aspromonte Region - Calabria, Italy

By: John Kazaklis

Tucked away in the toe of the Italian Peninsula lies the Greko-Calabrian countryside in the Aspromonte region. This area is heavily mountainous and difficult to access. A seaside highway closely hugs the coastline while winding roads leave the coast ascending into treacherous routes that lead to hidden enclaves of Greko-Calabrian villages high in the Aspromonte Mountains. These drives from the coast to these mountainous settlements can last up to 2 hours, depending on the weather. Here are some images taken on a research trip I took in April 2017, exploring the region around the villages of Bova, Gallicianò, Palizzi, and Amandolea.