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Lying at the "foot" of Italy in the southern region of Calabria, Lamezia Terme is formed from three different towns giving it a unique character. Set between the Tyrrhenian Coast and the Ionic Coast, its dramatic position against the cliffs, bays, beaches and mountains of the region makes it an appealing destination for nature lovers and those looking to get active. Lamezia Terme is also dotted with historic attractions including the castle and cathedral at Nicastro. No matter where you go in Italy, food is an essential part of the culture and you will find plenty of restaurants serving up Calabrese delights in this city, including seafood such as calamari and prawns. The locals speak Italian and the currency in the country is the euro.
If you are looking for heat, Lamezia Terme is best visited during the summer months when the average daily temperature is usually around 26 degrees Celsius. Both spring and autumn are still comfortably warm and flights may be cheaper during these seasons, while the winter months are usually cooler.
Several budget airlines such as Ryanair fly to Lamezia Terme although you will generally need to connect in Milan. Why not extend your trip to cover this fashion capital as well, where you can purchase the latest styles from the "Rectangle of Gold" square before exploring architectural masterpieces and artworks galore?
Flights to Lamezia Terme generally take between six and eight hours depending upon where you decide to transfer and you will land just three kilometres outside of the city. The airport acts as a hub for the region of Calabria and it's easy to pick up a rental car here or alternatively catch a bus to the town centre or a bus to the train station.
Lamezia Terme draws people to its beaches each year, including the sands of Mortilla, Acconia and Falerna Marina. There are plenty of hotels lying close by the beaches - perfect if all you want to do is sunbathe. The Pollino National Park is also accessible from Lamezia Terme, and once there you will be able to see interesting flora and fauna including Bosnian Pine trees, hike through lush forests and appreciate windswept plateaus.
Meanwhile, the city itself has an abundance of sites to explore. Make sure you see the magnificent 16th-century watchtower, once used by the Knights of Malta, or the Cistercian abbey of Santa Maria di Corazzo.
Alternatively, take a day trip to discover the neighbouring village of Stilo, a place housing one of Calabria's true gems, the Byzantine-style church Cattolica.