Festival del Peperoncino on Dino Island, Calabria, Italy

Festival del Peperoncino on Dino Island, Calabria, Italy

The off coast Dino Island is popular for its Grotta Azzurra (Blue Cave), where you can swim surrounded by fish in crystal blue water.
is the peperoncino, that the village of Diamante honors the hot pepper with it's own festival. In the first week of September the locals celebrate the Festival del Peperoncino, dedicated to the unofficial symbol of Calabria -- the cayenne pepper. During the festival, one can taste freshly harvested peppers or try locally-produced products that make use of the spicy condiment -- anything from pasta to (yes) gelato. Olio Santo, olive oil infused with hot pepper, is sometimes added to a plate of pasta to give it a little extra zip.

Sopresatta is a popular dried sausage typical of the region.

Alici ripieni, stuffed anchovies, is a popular seafood dish.

Sardella is produced in some of the towns along the Ionian coast in the province of Cosenza. It is a spicy paste made with olive oil, mashed baby sardines and hot pepper.

Some Neapolitan specialties such as Braciole ('Raciol in Calabrese dialect) are common in the region.

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