Calabria, the region that forms the toe of Italy’s boot, boasts 800 km of coastline, three national parks, and the spiciest food in the country. It’s also one of the more common regions your ancestors likely hail from if you have Italian heritage. Though it does take a while to drive or train to Calabria, once you arrive you are blessed with gorgeous hill towns, a wealth of seaside resorts, a surprisingly alpine interior feel, and fascinating Greek history—with ancient celebs like Pythagoras—due to the coastal settlement of Magna Graecia in the 8th-5th centuries BCE.

What to eat?

’Nduja, a spicy spreadable pork sausage

What to see?

The Riace Bronzes, magnificent life-sized Greek sculptures from the 5th century BCE discovered recently in the 1970s, on display at the Museo Archeologico di Reggio Calabria

What to do?

Eat seafood on a platform built out into the Tyrrhenian Sea in Chianalea, the evocative fishing village attached to Scilla, the town named after the sea monster of Greek myth.

Bocconcini-Sized Tales

Badolato is the village in which I realized I had been wreaking havoc on Italians’ beloved Moka pots by (gasp!) washing them with soap. Sorry, Daniela!

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