The upper plain of the Sila to the north, with its stunning mountains and alpine landscape, is rich in forests and lakes. In the area around Lamezia Terme, there are also important artistic sites and Greek, Norman and Roman temples as well as palaces from the Bourbon times can be found across the region.
Pizzo Calabro is a seaside resort around 34 km from Lamezia. The church of S. Giorgio and the nearby castle are worth a visit, as well as the charming narrow streets where you can wander around and breath in the Italian historical heritage.
Moreover, a must when you visit this area is to taste the delicious “Tartufo,” a local ice cream, well-known in Italy.
This city, located 43 km from Lamezia, features the "Castello Normanno Svevo", which deserve to be visited on its own and has been turned in a museum that celebrates this Italian area as one of the pearls of Magna Graecia.
Furthermore, The Ruins of Hipponion, Greek remains, does not only include a beautiful temple but also impressively high walls that were built to protect the province.
Tropea is a village located 64 km from Lamezia and famous for its white beaches which run right up to Capo Vaticano. The village itself is picturesque and romantic with winding streets and beautiful small piazzas; not to be missed is Pasticceria Tre Stelle, a cosy bakery with a great variety of "pasticcini" (small pastry). Noteworthy is also a Norman church with an interesting black crucifix and the dark-skinned Madonna of Romania. Due to a number of wonders, the citizens of Tropea has proclaimed the Virgin Mary of Romania to the patron of village.
Serra San Bruno is a village located 70 km from Lamezia, on a little hill. It was named after the founder of the Carthusian Order and, in fact, features a famous monastery; unfortunately, though, the site is out of bounds to tourists because of the Chartusian monks' vow of enclosure, but you can still visit the museum and enjoy the peculiar nature around this area.
Stilo, located 107 km from Lamezia, is included in the official list of the most beautiful Italian villages, being extremely rich in ruins from different ages. When here a visit to the Byzantine-style church called "Cattolica" should not be missed, since it is considered to be one of Calabria’s masterpieces.
Monasterace Marina is a seaside village, located around 90 km from Lamezia Terme. It used to be known as "Kaulon", colony of Magna Graecia, consequently it's worth visiting especially for the remains of the Greek settlement, including a temple and some Hellenic houses, as well as for the archeological Museum.
This majestic watchtower was built in 1550 to serve the Knights of Malta and it is considered to be the symbol of Lamezia Terme. There are several tower-ruins in the area but this is one of the most impressive and well-preserved of them.
On the very edge, on the toe of the so-called "Italian boot" and in the southern area of Calabria, Reggio Calabria is located. This is the largest and oldest city in the area and here you find beautiful beaches and lots of different attractions, such as museums, theatres and a lovely botanical garden.