Ruggero is a quiet village surrounded by orange, lemon, peach and apricot groves on the sea and 700 metres walk from a large unspoilt sandy beach. Ruggero forms part of the main commune of Sellia Marina which is 4 kms drive and the provincial capital, Catanzaro, is 10 kms away.
At the end of a somewhat rustic country lane Ruggero is sparsely populated in the winter months when there are more sheep than people and is very quiet but is busy during the main summer months. Although it rains in the winter months the temperature rarely falls low enough to see frost or snow.
The holiday season is from June to September when there are several beach bars and pizzerias, a couple of nightclubs, 5-a-side football pitch, restaurants and a small hotel. There is a village shop open during the summer months. Fresh fruit and vegetables are available from the travelling greengrocer who visits 3 times a week and there are some beachside stalls which sell goods.
There is a busy Tuesday street market in Sellia Marina and in Catanzaro Lido every Thursday.
There is a small ski resort about 90 mins drive in the Sila mountains. Quite simple at 1600m height with a couple of easy runs. Chairlifts and ski school. Nothing taxing but quite pleasant for a day's or even weekend skiing.
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