Bitter and avaricious, tender, wild and violent, sunny in its clear
coasts and open towards the Mediterranean and mysterious in its slopes
laden with vines and olive trees and in the sumptuous woods of its
tablelands: It is a natural environment with a tormented orography and
an age-old history. It has experienced very difficult moments due to the
continuous and contrasting alternating of civilizations and foreign
dominations in an incredible accumulation of events and diverse
situations where history and nature mockingly joined, have rendered
social life dramatic and conditioning.
Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans,
Arabs, Byzantines, Normans, Swabians, Angevins, the Spanish: a legacy of
different cultures, forcedly and gradually assimilated have been livened
up by the creative intelligence of its inhabitants, who have made this
land become a jewel box, which can today restore ancient and wise wine
and gastronomic customs and traditions.
The land of Calabria is defined in this way.