The plane of Gioia Tauro
The plane of Gioia Tauro in Calabria, between the Strait of Sicily and the mountains of Aspromonte, offers ideal conditions for the cultivation of oranges. Summers are hot and dry, winters cold and rainy. Following the Second World War, large scale citrus cultivation was promoted in the economically weak region.
Until the early 1990s, many locals were employed in the agricultural sector.