There is a mountainous plateau in the heart of Calabria, with peaks reaching nearly 2000 meters in height, that offers exceptional experiences: just 50 km separate the snowy peaks from the Calabrian seaside. Four ski resorts are operational during the winter, from late December to March.
The Sila is a gentle mountain, so much so that its landscapes, which are dominated by pines and firs, are reminiscent of Alpine valleys. The area has been protected, since 1968, by the creation of a National Park , which safeguards it preservation.
In antiquity, the vast forests provided large amounts of lumber to the Greeks and Romans, who felled large trees to build their fleets.
In addition to the wood, ancient populations also made use of the pitch, which was used to waterproof seagoing vessels or to manufacture cosmetics.
The wolf is one of the Sila area's most valuable wildlife elements.In addition to being selected as the park’s official symbol, this important predator has always captured the attention of mankind. Today, dozens of specimens can be found throughout the park’s territory.
The cuisine of the Sila area is based on two elements:salami and mushrooms. The latter, which are favoured by the vast forest environment, are used in the kitchen to prepare traditional dishes and are also preserved in oil. A wide range of festivals have always been held within the area’s local towns and villages.