Calabria, a land rich in history, art, and culture

Its ancient roots date back to the Greek and Roman civilizations, and its landscapes are breathtaking, ranging from the crystal-clear waters of the Ionian and Tyrrhenian Seas to the rugged mountains of the Apennine Range.

It's no wonder that this land has inspired countless myths and legends throughout history, including the epic tale of Ulisse (Ulysses) and his journey through Calabria.

Ulisse and Calabria: A Journey Through Myth and History 

The story of Ulisse

The story of Ulisse, also known as Odysseus in Greek mythology, is one of the most famous and enduring tales of all time.

It recounts the journey of a hero who, after fighting in the Trojan War, embarked on a ten-year voyage home to Ithaca, facing countless obstacles along the way.

The hero's journey took him to many places, but one of the most important was Calabria, where he encountered the fearsome one-eyed Cyclops, Polyphemus.

According to the myth, Polyphemus was a giant and a son of Poseidon, the god of the sea.

He lived in a cave in the hills of Calabria, where he tended to his flock of sheep.

When Ulisse and his men arrived on the island, they were captured by Polyphemus, who proceeded to devour some of them.

Ulisse, however, managed to blind the Cyclops with a wooden stake, allowing him and his men to escape.

As they sailed away, Ulisse mocked Polyphemus, who in his rage, threw huge rocks at the ship, creating the iconic Scilla and Cariddi rocks that still stand in the Strait of Messina.

The tale of Ulisse and Polyphemus is just one of the many legends that make Calabria a fascinating and enchanting place to visit.

Today, visitors to the region can still see the rugged hills and dramatic coastline that inspired the myth, as well as explore the many historical sites that bear witness to the region's rich cultural heritage.

Some of the must-visit destinations in Calabria include the ancient Greek city of Reggio Calabria, which houses the famous Riace Bronzes, two bronze statues discovered in the sea off the coast of Calabria in 1972.

Another must-see site is the medieval castle of Cosenza, which was built in the 11th century and offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape.

In conclusion, Calabria is a land of myths and legends, where the story of Ulisse and Polyphemus comes to life amidst a landscape of rugged hills, crystal-clear waters, and rich history.


Come with us to Calabria on a journey through time and culture

This summer, join us on our Eimi Tour for a visit to this enchanting region.

You will discover the magic and beauty of one of Italy's most captivating destinations.

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