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Calabria and the liquorice

liquorice from Calabria - black goldCalabrian liquorice: good, sweet, healthy and with an unmistakable taste. In Calabria, you will find the best liquorice in the world.

The liquorice plant grows and develops in the longitudinal range that goes from Spain to China.
A quarter of the world demand (about 10 thousand tons per year) is produced in Italy and 80% of the national demand is produced in Calabria.
The climate, the soil and the altitude made this land a perfect habitat for its cultivation and growth.

In this long and narrow peninsula, surrounded by the sea for about 800km and divided into two parts by the Apennine mountain ranges, grows a variety of liquorice that is considered the best. This is because of its particular taste, less bitter than the others, but also for its chemical-physical properties.

The liquorice

Known for its particularly refreshing, aphrodisiac, and anti-inflammatory properties, liquorice is a spontaneous plant whose roots and stolons are used.

It is good for the respiratory system, digestive activity and for liver disorders. Always used in folk medicine, it is also useful to combat water retention and food poisoning.


This experience, dedicated to the sense of taste and to the typical products from Calabria, is a tribute to liquorice, considered the black gold of this region.

During this tour, you will learn about the history of the southern economy, as well as the methods of production and processing of liquorice while walking through the production plants.

We start at the Museo della Liquirizia (Liquorice Museum), and will then visit the ancient tannery and the production plant.

A tasting of liquorice products will complete the visit.

Enjoy a unique experience, a surprising journey through the world of liquorice, between the factory and the museum.

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The offer includes:

  • Visit of the Liquorice Museum
  • Visit of the factory
  • Small tasting of liquorice-based products
  • A liquorice gift

The experience is offered in English. For other languages please contact

Transportation and transfers not included.


WHERE: Calabria – Rossano (province of Cosenza)
The meeting point will be confirmed at the time of booking.

WHEN: from Monday to Friday

TIME: during the morning, approx 2h

The experience is offered for up to 30 people.

Comfortable clothing is recommended.

For special needs or food intolerances, please contact

The images are examples of the proposed activity.

The tour should normally be booked at least a week in advance.

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