New Italian motorway links Italy’s tourist destinations from top to boot toe
The new A2, the former A3 Salerno-Reggio Calabria Italian motorway, has been renamed to the Autostrada del Mediterraneo (Mediterranean motorway). It is a completely different way of thinking about motorways: not just the infrastructure and a comfortable road, but also a work through which to arrive in so many territories of southern Italy, crossed by its route.
The Autostrada A1, or Autostrada del Sole, literally “Sun Motorway” or Autosole, is an Italian motorway that connects Milan with Naples via Bologna, Florence, and Rome. At 754 km, it is the longest Italian motorway and is considered the spinal cord of the country’s road network.
Along with the A1 motorway, the Autostrada del Sole, the Motorway of the Mediterranean, will thus join Lombardia to Calabria, crossing territories and landscapes of great charm. The new A2 will be the first to have as a mission, beyond the logistical, the valorization of the tourist offers in every aspect: cultural, artistic, naturalistic, and gastronomic.
The project, realized by Anas (National Autonomous Roads Corporation), is an Italian government-owned company in charge of the construction and maintenance of Italian motorways and state highways under the control of the Italian Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport – an evolution of work begun 2 years ago which led to the renaming of the former Salerno-Reggio Calabria precisely to highlight the vocation of a road linking the North to South Italy, which also tells the story and its realities. The new A2 route extends for 432 km and departs from Fisciano (Salerno, south of Naples) to end at Villa San Giovanni (Reggio Calabria), a gateway to Sicily, saving one hour of travel.
Along the Mediterranean Highway, there are 10 itineraries to discover. The Via dei Castelli (the route of the castles) which includes 115 fortifications in the Salerno area, 15 in the Potentium region, 26 in the Cosenza area, 25 in the Catanzaro area, and 15 in the area of Reggina (of Reggio Calabria). The Archaeology route from Salerno to Reggio Calabria invites visiting 5 important museums, including that of Magna Grecia that houses the Bronze of Riace, and the Way of Myth that crosses territories characterized by phenomena of the Mediterranean mythology that occupied a major part in the history of classical literature such as the three Partenope Sirens, Ligea, and Leucosia in the Gulf of Salerno.
Thanks to the Via del Mare (road of the Sea), some of the most beautiful coasts of the country, from the Amalfi Coast to the beaches of Scilla, can be visited, while the one dedicated to the Parks can be reached from Cilento to Pollino to Aspromonte.
Memories are recalled and places of memory are discovered with the Way of History and for those who want to visit shrines, basilicas, places of prayer, and the Way of Faith. All the latest 3 suggested courses are dedicated to coffee, passing close to business realities linked to toasted coffee beans, sports, discovering places to be met with various challenges, and Bacco and Ceres leading straight to wines of excellence and delicacies.
A campaign for the launch of the Mediterranean Motorway, was launched and carried out by Anas jointly with the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, under the patronage of Mibact, with the claim: “Between Campania, Basilicata, and Calabria, there is a road where every trip is a discovery: it is the Mediterranean motorway.”
Along the way of the Autostrada del Mediterraneo, the traveler can enter the varied world of fresh and authentic flavors, and of genuine dishes that respect the prerogatives of the territory.
It is also possible to experience excellent wineries. In the Salerno area, there are the White Cilento Doc white, Rosé, Aglianico, Castel San Lorenzo Doc, white, red and rosé, and Aglianico, Amalfi Doc, and the Salerno IPG Hills, with a typical geographical indication.
In the Potenza area, there are Doc Aglianico del vulture, Aglianico del vulture reserve, Aglianico sparkling wine, and Aglianico del Vulture old.
The Doc wines produced in Reggio Calabria and Catanzaro districts are: Bivongi, white and rosé. In Cirò and the sub-zones are the Condoleus, Donnici, Esaro, Pollino, San Vito di Luzzi, Hills of Crati, Verbicaro, Greek of Bianco, Lamezia, and Melissa.
In addition, there is lemon juice liquor, strawberry, apple liqueur, fennel, licorice, and melon cream.
The cedar trees of the Cosenza coastline, the Calabrian liquors made of fruit such as oranges, lemons, bergamot, Indian figs, and apples are renowned. Rich in vitamins, strengthening the immune system, they also work on the digestive system. Particularly appreciated in Italy and Europe, they are of ancient traditions handed down in modernity. They come from spice – flavored with herbs and spices – then flavored with honey.
A particular mention in Bacco’s path is to be reserved for Cape Amalfi, Limbadi herb liquor in Vibo Valentia province, which has received the prestigious award in Brussels of First European bitter.
It is the southern soul that resides in the flavors of an ancient aromatic herbal distillate, unique in the world.