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English Audio Request

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Read with normal speed, please. Don't worry about the names of the places as they are Italian names...just pronounce them as you would normally pronounce them.

Calabria is not just any place. Calabria is a strong land, a land of many contradictions yet it

has a warm and pure heart which never allows those fortunate enough to have visited to leave

without lasting memories. Calabria lingers in one's soul for a lifetime. It is made of sea and

mountains, of grey-green colors that stand out upon the azure of the sea, of lunar landscapes

and full, rich culinary tastes. It is decidedly a place that on must learn to know and respect

before falling hopelessly in love with it. Usually, tourists who spend time in this region can

be divided into two categories: those who love the mountains and those who love the sea. The

first group can discover and explore the Apennine mountain range while the second group can

enjoy more than 700 kilometers of coastline harmoniously alternating between sand beaches and

pebble beaches, boulders and cliffs, bays and long sand bars...but let's visit these places one

by one. Costa dei Cedri: this is the nothern-most part of Calabria's Tyrrhenian coast. Its name

is taken from the citron groves that can be found inland and which act as a frame around the

beaches and the superb rocky cliffs that offer unforgettable diving, especially near Cittadella

del Capo. Following the coastline to the south, there is an interplay of small beaches with

sudden white-sand bays all the way to Capo Vaticano where huge half-submerged boulders stand out

against the turquoise-colored sea and against an expanse of Mediterranean vegetation. Farther

south one encounters the cost Viola - the violet coast. It owes its name to the changing colors

of the sea. Leaving the strait behind, one finds Capo Spartivento, where dolphins play. The sea

changes as we move from the Tyrrhenian into the Ionian. The coast becomes less developed and

more severe, offering the visitor unforgettable views. One mustn't miss the Golfo di Squillace

with its white granite beaches or the beaches with soft sand and rocky cliffs which, in certain

places, resemble the Amalfi Coast. In Capo Rizzuto then, the sand gives way to a rocky landscape

so rich in natural beauty that it has been set aside as a Marine Reserve. We come next to Capo

Spulico which is yet another precious gift of nature to be experienced.



March 12, 2012

Let me know if this is a good reading. :)


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