Reggio di Calabria - Welcome to the Heart of the Mediterranean
The Bergamotto city
of Reggio di Calabria boasts an impressive seafront promenade,
overlooking the Tyrrhenian and Ionian Seas. It is sitting pretty in
the heart of Mediterranean Sea and bordering the provinces of
Catanzaro and Vibo Valentia in the Calabrian region.
between the sea and mountains makes it an idyllic destination that is
the main ferry launching point to Sicily, separated from the mainland
by the Strait of Messina.
A land rich in
distinct flavors and colors, Reggio is a mosaic of holm oaks,
beeches, chestnuts, and white firs alternating with the vine and
olive cultivations. It is witness to the formation of the region’s
natural landscape and preserves its centuries-old torrents and
overhanging hills, which are beautifully adorned by brooms, ferns,
myrtles, strawberry trees, cactus pears, and oleander.
Tyrrhenian coast, the center of attraction remains the mesmerizing
stretch of Costa Viola, with extensive terraces built on the cliffs
overhanging the sea and reflecting bewitching colors of the sea at
Attractions in Reggio
Beyond the seafront, this ancient Greek
city is blessed with numerous architectural landmarks that have
preserved their identity and continue to attract visitors interested
in exploring the history of the region.
- Aspromonte National Park, located
along the stunning sea, resembles a giant pyramid, with many of its
many peaks and plateaus formed of marine sedimentary rocks. A
location of pristine beauty, the park is flanked by the
Mediterranean Sea, with a number of points of attraction, including
the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Polsi. The artistic, historical, and
archaeological remnants here are an evidence of the classical,
archaic, Greek, and modern culture. The
extensive park covers most of the area in Reggio, with hectares of
pine forests and beech woods.
- Museo Nazionale della Magna Grecia
is an archaeological museum housing collections from the ancient
sites in Magna Grecia. The two most notable collections in
the museum include the Bronzi di Riace or Riace Bronzes, which are
Greek bronze statues of nude bearded warriors dating 5th
century BC. The sculptures were discovered in the waters of Riace
Marina in 1972 and continue to be the center of attraction here.
- Pentedattilo is a remarkable
ancient coastal village located near the sea, offering panoramic
views of the Mount Etna in Sicily. This southern Calabria village
lies about 45 minutes drive from Reggio and is surrounded by five
cliffs, depicting the shape of five fingers. Often known as a Ghost
Town, Pentedattilo was almost abandoned by its inhabitants for new
homes along the coast. The town is now famous for hosting a
Paleariza Festival every summer, celebrating the Hellenistic
culture. The village also hosts a fascinating International Short
Film Festival between August and September.
- Scilla (see photo), a spectacular town of
Greek origin located in the north of Reggio di Calabria, offers
stunning views over the majestic landscape and breathtaking
Tyrrhenian Sea, thanks to its location in front of the Strait of
Messina. The strikingly beautiful town is famous for sword fish
since Magna Greek times.
- Ruffo Castle, located on top of
the famous cape wedged over the sea, has made the beautiful beaches
of Scilla a tourist hub.
- The Museum of Musical Instrument
is one landmark in Reggio that you can’t afford to miss, with its
amazing collection of over 800 musical instruments from different
- San Paulo Church is a timeless
testament of the glory and splendor of the Roman civilization of
those times, with the splendid structure featuring 3 portals of
bronze. The mosaic designs depict imposing images of Saint Paul, St.
Augustine, Saint Luke, Saint John, Aristotle, Socrates, Plato,
Virgil, Seneca, Alexander the Great, and Julius Cesar.
Reggio di Calabria has undergone
rampant reconstruction and experienced alternate times of splendor
and decadence after back to back earthquakes that dealt a big blow to
the architecture of the region. Reggio di Calabria goes on a frenzied
state during festival time, when locals indulge in grand festivities
and celebrate local festivals with a stunning display of fireworks by
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