We are a travel and lifestyle company created to share the beauty and culture of Calabria and the Southern Italian lifestyle. We are passionate about Southern Italy and love to create unique experiences for discerning travellers. Throughout the year we host exclusive retreats, offer custom travel planning and organize private events.
We are a collaborative community who come together to share our passions and create unique experiences for our guests. We partner with nature lovers, wildlife guides, marine enthusiasts, conservationists, archeologists, farmers, chefs and artisans in order to create unforgettable holidays.
Michelle is the founder of Discover Calabria. Born in Canada to Italian parents she spent summers in Calabria with her grandparents learning about the culture and traditions. She knew that Calabria was a hidden treasure, a special place, but to her surprise it was a region of Italy that few knew about and very little information could be found in English. Even the most popular travel guide books completely left out Calabria and the region’s own tourism website did not have an english section.
With a decade long career in marketing and advertising working in Canada and England she saw there was a gap in the market and a need for information. She was inspired to create a website to share the beauty of Calabria and to excite travellers to visit the region. In 2015 Michelle launched Discover Calabria the first english website exclusively promoting the region and began organizing retreats bringing travellers from all over the world to Calabria.
Michelle is an advocate of the slow food movement and loves sharing Southern Italy’s relaxed way of life with her guests. In addition to organizing retreats she also creates private itineraries for travellers and helps small businesses in Calabria improve their branding and online presence. To book a Travel Planning Consultation with Michelle please visit the Travel Planning section of the website.
Monique is Discover Calabria's contributing writer. She fell in love with Calabria whilst on holiday many years ago when she discovered that Calabria is the perfect setting for everything she loves: delicious seasonal cuisine, sunny beaches and ancient architecture.
Monique decided to make the move from Canada to Calabria and has never looked back. She loves sitting at beachside cafe’s with her journal writing about her favourite places. You can read some of her stories in the Travel Journal.