The enchanted valleys and canyons of the Ruffa River are home to a precious plant, dating back 300 million years, the Woodwardia radicans, a fern that lives in very few parts of the world. In Calabria, it is mainly concentrated in the territory of Brattirò, a hamlet of Drapia. It is so important and rare that it is listed as an endangered species in the IUCN Red List (Red List of Mediterranean Aquatic Plants, 2014).
Your route starts from the square in Brattirò where, after a brief visit to the village, you will take the path that passes through the countryside until you'll descend into the bed of the Ruffa torrent. The trail is unparalleled, a geographical leap to the other side of the world, into the rainforests of the Amazon, no longer among the sun-baked soils with which Calabria is often described.
Then, visit a farm of aromatic plants in Brattirò, where saffron is also cultivated. Here you will be guided through the cultivation of these plants, you will visit a synergistic garden (depending on the season), a beautiful farmhouse in "Breste", that is in raw earth, a construction method typical of this area. Appreciate the country life and enjoy a tasting of products of the same company.