Both sides of my family are Italian; my Mother’s family is from Ischia — a small Island off the coast of Naples, and my Father’s family is from Calabria, the Southern most point of the country + just a hop skip and a jump away from Sicily. We’ve been to Ischia before [it’s stunning] + actually took a quick day trip so my Dad could see this time around, but we were really excited to spend a little time in Calabria + explore our roots!
No one in our family has ever been to Calabria before, and I am still scratching my head as to why! Well, according to our Calabrian friend/tour guide, Steeve [yes, double e]…this is the poorest part of Italy; the poverty combined with it’s population of hard heads [I so have some Calabrese in me] doesn’t make it out to be much of a desirable destination. We all thought it was going to be a simple little farm town or something. We were WRONG. Holy moly is Calabria gorgeous — just as beautiful as any of the places we visited on the Amalfi Coast! ESPECIALLY the small town of Scilla, where it looks like my Father’s family is from [there were quite a few mailboxes with our last name on them. We dropped a note in each.] 😉
See for yourself! 🙂 –>
This was by far the most special part of our trip. My Mom, brother, sister, and I have all been to Italy a few times before, but my Dad never had. This was such a memorable vacation overall, and getting to see where his family was from was both fascinating + momentous for all of us. The only thing missing was my brother! 🙁
Parts of Calabria reminded me of South Beach, Miami — while others were more quiet + charming like Capri! Not to mention, there was some really cool history there — like the Versace family home [where one of the brothers still resides]! The ocean views were spectacular, the food was so good [shocker], and there was some pretty fab shopping! We will 100% be visiting again. Hopefully with more of our extended family members! 🙂
I have this one pressing question though…HOW ARE BOTH SIDES OF MY FAMILY FROM SUCH BEAUTIFUL BEACH TOWNS + I GREW UP IN THE WOODS?! HOWWWW?!?!?!? WHYYYYYYY?!!?!
After posting a photo on Instagram/FB, I learned that SO many of my friends/followers have roots in Calabria as well! Where is your family from?