In 1993, I packed my suitcases and left my Calabria. I found Calabria too small, the mentality too old-fashioned, and there was no work for me. I didn’t like the idea of having to stay there for the rest of my life. My dream was to explore the world and find a good job. I was sure that my friends and family wouldn’t be seeing me in Calabria for a very long time. After spending a couple of months in the Netherlands, I knew my future was going to be in that country.
I remember the first time I went back to Calabria very well. I enjoyed the cultural differences and way of life and realised how much I missed it. The slow southern pace still irritates me, yet I’m always happy and relaxed when I’m there. Having fun with friends and family, the healthy and delicious local food, the silence and the beauty of nature... are just some of the things that make me feel good when I’m back.
In 1999, I started Enotria Travel with my husband Lex. It was an opportunity for me to combine my two 'motherlands'. A lot has changed since then but our philosophy has remained the same: to show the real and pure Italy and not the famous and crowded tourist areas. We can take you to places where a guest is still considered a guest, where you will feel at home and can get to know the local people. We have chosen to work in Calabria in a different way compared to others. Our guests do not stay in big hotels or crowded places, but in small family run farmhouses and B&Bs. We want them to experience and live the real Calabria and, at the same time, support the locals.
Throughout the years, our company has grown. We started by working in Calabria, obviously, then in Sicily, Sardinia and soon other southern regions followed. Tuscany, Umbria, Le Marche, the Lake District and Piedmont are new regions we now work with as well. We can take you to unique places, off the beaten track. Our passion is to create an ideal customised holiday with and for our guests, personalising the itinerary.
Our core business is in Calabria. From our second office in Calabria, we manage all the houses and villas, offer activities (such as cooking courses and excursions) and provide transfers etc.
Our team has eight people. Lex (my husband who, according to my father, is half Calabrian), Sergio (Calabrian with a Dutch mother), Kristel and Hidde (both Dutch and passionate about Italy), and I (Tina) work in our office in the Netherlands. In our local office in Calabria, you’ll find my brother Corrado, my sister-in-law Rosanna, and Mimmo (who meets our guests).
We’d like to invite you to experience 'our' Calabria. We hope you’ll enjoy visiting our website and that we’ll welcome you as our guest soon.
Tina Altieri - Directress Enotria Travel