© AdobeStock/Daniel Smolcic Diving in Calabria If you like the idea of diving reefs, caves and vertical cliffs and exploring amazing wrecks, then Calabria is the place to go in Italy. This region in Southern Italy makes up the “toe of the boot” shape that Italy is known for, rests on the Tyrrhenian Sea, and Ionian Seas. The capital of the region is Catanzaro, but the older and more well-known city, for divers especially, is Reggio Calabria at the very tip of the boot. Located on the strait between the Italian mainland and Sicily, it is known for its beautiful seaside areas, a mix of white-sand beaches and craggy coastline. Here there are strong currents but that ensures a diversity of marine animals thrive in these clear waters. There are also plenty of wrecks to explore and it’s possible to do shore dives right off the beach. In Calabria you will also enjoy wonderful cuisine with meat and pasta dishes but the most interesting aspect of the Calabrian cuisine is their emphasis on preservation. They are known to pack meats and fish in olive oil and are famous for their cured sausages. Like most of Italy, the region has a rich wine tradition and locals believe Calabrian wines is the best in the world. Featured places to go in Calabria © MaresScilla and Costa ViolaCosta Viola is a stretch of coastline in Reggio Calabria where the waters lead to the Aeolian Islands.Learn more Discover the wonders of the deep with SSI's blog Join us on an exciting journey of discovery and learn more about exhilarating diving adventures, dedicated conservation initiatives, and innovative educational opportunities that will help you illuminate the extraordinary beauty of the underwater world. Let's explore the underwater world together and delve into the hidden wonders beneath the gentle waves.