Begin this exciting tour with the Island of Dino, Ulysses' landing place in Homer's Odyssey. The island lies just off the coast after you pass Praia a Mare. In the 12th century a Norman fort was built here to protect the island and the Gulf of Policastro. Another story, connected to the Sanctuary of the Madonna della Grotta, recounts that a carved wooden likeness of the Virgin was concealed in a chasm by a ship's captain. Putting out to sea near Fiuzzi you can view a sequence of dramatic grottos, worn into the cliff face and before you reach Capo Palinuro, near to Nicola Arcella, there is the Arco Magno, an archway formed by natural erosion.

The town of Scalea lies to the South. This little town, with russet rooves and tiny alleys, clings to the coast, forming, as the name suggests, a series of steps. It has to be one of the most bewitching places in this part of Calabria. Carlo V built the Talao Tower here to protect the town. This and the beautiful Church of Santa Maria d'Episcopa are definitely worth visiting. Inland, at Santa Maria del Cedro, you can sample the cedro, or citron. This fruit, particularly luscious when candied, has come to represent Calabria.

Once more on the main road, at Valle del Leo, you head towards Cirella Vecchia, deserted since 1806, after a French assault from the sea. The town remains frozen in time, with its charming cobblestone lanes, attractive church and castle. The Island of Cirella, with its striking watchtower can be seen from the sandy beach of the new Cirella.

Following the shore of the Tyrrhenian Sea, you reach Diamante. The beautiful buildings from the past in the heart of this town have been the subjects for painters, both Italian and International since 1981. Belvedere Marittimo is your next stop. As the name implies, there is a magnificent view from here. Ruggero the Norman built a castle in Daimante in the 11th century. The cylindrical towers of another stronghold, at Principe di Sangineto, can be seen from Lido delle Crete.

You continue along the line of the Rizzi escarpment to Cetraro, famed for its citrus fruit. Inside the walls of this town there are fine Baroque buildings, for example the Church of San Benedetto and the Church of Ritiro, At the next stop, Guardia Piemontese, the Porta del Sangue stands in remembrance of the vicious slaughter of believers in the Valdese faith by the Inquisition. After this depressing site it is a relief to come, after a few kilometres, to the glistening azure waves, splashing against the Scoglio della Regina rock.

The seaside town of Paola represents the synthesis of the power of the sea and the power of faith that is Calabria. Here you will find the churches of the Madonna of Montevirigine and of Rosario and the great Sanctuary of San Francesco, which dominates this town. After stopping at the belvedere in Fiumefreddo Bruzio to take in a sensational panorama, the tour comes to an end in Amantea, with its lengthy beach.