Day 1 in Pizzo


Although this year in April we only have one week school holiday to spend in Pizzo, we still came.

Since we initiated a new renovation project - that started slowly due to diverse issues - it was now the time to push it forward: spring. Pizzitani tell me it was one of the coldest winter - yes, there was snow even in Vibo Valentia - and lots of rain. Indeed, it is still chilly here! But I had refused to pack winter clothes in my suitcase. We were travelling to Southern Italy in spring, at least! But don't underestimate April in Calabria. (Sicily is more dry and warmer - yes it's further South too). So, we are wearing the 'onion look': layers of sweaters and jackets. But once the sun is out, it's lovely! However, we are here not for the dolce vita. There is work to do, lots of decision to make. And so we end up spending hours to choose sinks, toilets and tiles!

Ciao! Palazzo Pizzo has a new home!

Our first postcard for our guests in pizzo! 

Our first postcard for our guests in pizzo! 

Dear Readers,

I am exited to write my very first post for my old blog on a new website!

I have moved my blog (after over 8 years!) from Blogger to Squarespace - which allows me not only to continue blogging but also to present other subjects like travel info and our guest residence in a more neat look with better navigation.

The blog RSS feed has not changed. So if you have subscribed already, you should get this post in your email box, I hope. Otherwise stop by sometimes. Like us on Facebook, instagram, pinterest or sign up for a newsletter. I plan just 2 newsletters per year to keep our guest and future visitors up to date with our new project. I haven't been blogging much about it (too many headaches) but it's coming along!

Thank you dear readers, for staying connected with the blog and me over the years, even though I am on the real slow blogging side ;-)

In a few days, I will be in Pizzo - and try out the blogging on the go mobile app. Finally some action on the blog! 

A presto, saluti



Fly directly to Calabria from many cities worldwide

Pizzo, old village center in Calabria (photo by S. Crosetto)

Whenever we are suggesting a holiday in Pizzo to our friends I realized how lucky we are in Pizzo (aka Pizzo Calabro or Pizzo di Calabria) being located so close to the international airport of Lamezia Terme (SUF).

Lamezia airport brings thousands of passengers every year to Calabria in Southern Italy from around the world. There are business men among tourist on the daily Alitalia flights from Rome or Milan, but most tourists come with budget airlines which fly directly into Lamezia Terme (SUF) once or twice weekly from allover Europe and even overseas.

I was impressed to find out from how many cities you can fly directly to Calabria, and of course vice versa, to where you can fly directly from Calabria. I am happy to share my list. Check with your airline during which months and which days direct flights are available. (Let me know, if I missed any city or airline).

Direct Flights to Lamezia Terme (SUF) :

Austria Vienna
Austrian Airlines
Belgium Brussels (CRL) Ryanair / Jetairfly
Czech Republic Brno (BRQ)
Prague (PRG)
Ostrava (OSR)
/ Czech Airlines
France Paris Orly (ORY) Easyjet
Germany Berlin Tegel (TXL)
Koeln Bonn (CGN)
Düsseldorf (DUS)
Frankfurt Hahn (HHN)
Hanover (HAJ)
München (MUC)
Stuttgart (STR)
Weeze (NRN)
Airberlin / Alitalia
Airberlin / Eurowings
Airberlin / Lufthansa
Italy Bari
Bologna (BLQ)
Bergamo (BGY)
Milano Malpensa (MXP)
Milano Linate (LIN)
Torino (TRN)
Pisa (PSA)
Roma (FCO)
Venice Treviso (TSF)
Easyjet / Neos
Luxembourg Luxembourg Luxair
Netherlands Amsterdam (AMS) Transavia
Russia Moscow
Spain Barcelona (BCN) Vueling
Sweden Goeteborg
Switzerland Zürich (ZRH) Airberlin / SWISS/Edelweiss / Alitalia
United Kingdom London Stansted (STN) Ryanair
Canada Toronto (YYZ) Airtransat


Pizzo is located just 25 km from Lamezia Terme airport, and can be reached by rented car or taxi in less than 30 minutes drive.

Tropea is located further down the coast, 60 km from the airport and about 1h 15min drive.

The central train station in Lamezia Terme is about 1 km from the International Airport. There is a shuttle bus to the station. Some people with light luggage even walk along the road, but you could also hire a taxi. However, if your destination is Pizzo, we would recommend to take a taxi directly to Pizzo or pre-book a pick-up service (both around 40 Euro one-way to Pizzo). Pizzo is a great place to start to explore la bella Calabria.

At the airport you will find different car rental services. You can pre-book a car online or book one at the airport. If you plan to drive into historic old towns, we recommend to rent a SMALL car as the alleys are very narrow.

Please note, if you plan to just spend a relaxing holiday in centro storico di Pizzo, the old town center, no car is required for your holiday as restaurants, bars, shops, tourist sights and the beach are in walking distance.

Other airports in Southern Italy: Reggio di Calabria, Catania (Sicily) and Naples.


update June 2015:

After daily checking Lamezia airport's website for arrival and departure, I update the list above accordingly. There are surprisingly many more direct flights than initially listed!

update February 2016:

Lufthansa's budget airline Germanwings is rebranding as Eurowings since fall 2015.

update June 2019:

Budget airlines come and go, there is no more Airberlin, and new airlines fly to Lamezia. Maybe wikipedia can cope with the many updates: check out Lamezia airport on wikipedia here.


Palazzo Pizzo's logo since 2013 (by Logo Werbeagentur)


Palazzo Pizzo Residence (via flickr)

Welcome to Palazzo Pizzo
Palazzo Pizzo
bedroom of Palazzo Pizzo Guest Residence
Arabian mirror
Buona Notte!
coral print bed cover
detail of chandelier
queen size double bed
living area
antique candle holder
doors with blue glas
the living area
dining area
kitchen with access to garden
dining area and corridor
kitchenette and dining area
stairways down
towels for guests in bathroom
private garden terrace
garden with sea view
the view
relax at home
Pizzo Marina Beach

click for all photos via Flickr

The private garden terrace of Palazzo Pizzo Residence

October sunset, photo taken on the private terrace (by our guests M.)

Sunset and Stromboli view from the private terrace of Palazzo Pizzo Residence
Sunset and Stromboli view from the private terrace of Palazzo Pizzo Residence

Sunset and Stromboli view from the private terrace of Palazzo Pizzo Residence

Relax at the residence

The residence is in the vaulted basement of the palazzo

The neighborhood

il vicolo (alley) nel centro storico

Procession of La Madona del Carmine in via Paladini (July 2014)

the neighbourhood in centro storico di Pizzo

Pizzo has a good choice of bars and restaurants
Pizzo has a good choice of bars and restaurants

good choice of bars and restaurants round the piazza

shops in Pizzo near at and around the piazza
shops in Pizzo near at and around the piazza

many shops are in walking distance

Still Life in Pizzo
Still Life in Pizzo

Still Life in Pizzo

The beach at Pizzo Marina, below the castello, just 10-15 min walk from the residence (photo taken in spring) 

Impressions from our renovation project

Chiesa Carmine, Palazzo Pizzo and Bay of Lamezia

BEFORE - House in February 2008

AFTER - Renovation accomplished in February 2011

BEFORE - How we found the


in 2006

AFTER - Facade in summer 2010 (inside not yet ready)

BEFORE - Seaside facade in 2006

AFTER - View from sea side in 2009

Palazzo Pizzo on the cliff

BEFORE in 2006

AFTER in 2009

(side wall is renovated too)

palazzo on the cliff, instagram

before and after renovation - for more info

click here

The awesome view from the balcony, my absolutely favorite spot of the entire house! 

More about Pizzo 

Centro storico di Pizzo e mare 

alleys with picturesque views of town and sea

there are many events during summer in Pizzo

Pizzo seen from Vibo Marina

Way down to Pizzo Marina's beach

Pizzo Marina Beach (in April)

 Pizzo Marina Beach in early summer

 fisher boats at La Seggiola di Pizzo

La Seggiola (below the house)

Beach at Chiesa Piedigrotta

above the roofs of Pizzo

Palazzo Pizzo from the sea (original photo by Caterina Maria Feroleto)

The future: Pizzo harbour project (courtesy of Pino Pitt)

old city map of Pizzo centro storico photo copyright 2006-2015 by editor and owner of Palazzo Pizzo blog (except stated differently)

The Renovation

Palazzo Pizzo Renovation Project  2006-2011

All began in 2006 when we were falling in love with an over 200 year old house on a cliff in Pizzo (Calabria), in the South of Italy. For several reasons it took us five years to renovate and decorate the palazzo. It's now our beautiful European home base, away from our expat home in Asia. And that's why I started blogging.

Here are some milestones from our project:

How we got the palazzo? - about having a dream in summer 2006
Facade - before and after - photos from above
Facade - before and after - photos from front and side
Facade - before and after - photos from the Sea

Before and After Photos - all "before and after" posts show the long way we came

Fanfare! - the renovation starts with good vibes in November 2007

online renovation - how to deal with a long distance project
My crazy tile mix for the kitchen - turns out sensational!

Now I have to live with this - the "mistakes" we made
Maybe the biggest shock - the struggle with a TV antenna
Popular posts about everything bathroom and kitchen
Resource links - my file for resources (international, Italian and local)

Restoring - the whole documentation of the renovation progress
Press: The New York Times and the International Herald Tribune feature our renovation project in the article "Expatriate Bloggers chronicle details of Home Renovation"

The Guest Residence - the vaulted cellar of the palazzo with its private garden terrace became a pleasant guest residence which we are letting to vacationers. 
Visit also our Photo Gallery  for more impressions

Palazzo Pizzo logo 2006-2013
Palazzo Pizzo logo since 09/2013
Follow our new renovation project "Casa delle Grazie"