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Reggio Calabria

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Reggio Calabria is in Calabria, Italy. It is the Bergamotto city.

Understand[edit]

It is the oldest and the largest city in the region and is situated at the strait of Messina overlooking the shores of Sicily. Reggio Calabria is surrounded by green gardens of bergamot, citrus, vine and olives.
The very first name, before ariving here the Greeks, was Erythra, later was developed under the Regium name in different languages. The second word Calàbria was added after the unity of Italy.

Get In[edit]

By plane[edit]

Reggio’s airport [23] is at Ravagnese, about 5km south. Alitalia and/or Air One fly to and from Rome, Milan and Bergamo. Air Malta flies to Barcelona, Rome and Malta. Lamezia Terme Airport is 130km away from Reggio [24]. Flights by Ryanair, EasyJet, AirFrance and Allitalia are operated from this airport.

Nearby airports:
Catania Airport (120 km) Ticket office e-mail: [email protected]; Luggage Support tel. +39 095 723 9630; [25].
Lamezia Terme Airport (130 km) Ticket office tel. +39 096 841 4333; Luggage Support tel. +39 096 841 7625; [26].

By bus[edit]

It is possible to reach Reggio Calabria from other locations[27].

By train[edit]

Reggio di Calabria Centrale railway station tel. +39 096 527 120 [28]. Trains stop at Stazione Centrale, which is situated in Piazza Garibaldi and less frequently at Stazione Lido, near the Museo. You can get a direct train to Milan, Rome and Naples [29]. Regional services run along the coast to destinations such as Scilla and Tropea. The main station has a small tourist office, that will give you a very good map of the town.

By car[edit]

Use car to travel around the city and all Calabria. Car for the rent [30] or [31].

By boat[edit]

The Reggio Calabria Port Tel. 39 096 521 130 [32]. Port connects Reggio and its surroundings to Messina, Catania, Aeolian Islands, Taormina and Malta.
Boats for Messina (Sicily) leave from two destinations - the port in Reggio(just north of Stazione Lido) and Villa San Giovanni, 14km further north along the rail line.
Services from Reggio and Villa San Giovanni for foot passengers are run by a company called Metromare [33]. There is an up to date timetable on their website and the price for a single journey is €3.50. Other companies that operate trips to Messina are Meridiano [34] and Ustica [35].

Get Around[edit]

Lungomare

Gabriele D'Annunzio said that the Lungomare is the most beautiful kilometer in Italy. It runs along the beach separated by the inland Corso Vittorio Emanuele by a small strip of botanical garden of palm trees. A few blocks inland (east) Corso Giuseppe Garibaldi is the main artery of Reggio. Many buses terminate at Piazza Garibaldi, in front of the Stazione Centrale. ATAM 800 43 33 10; [36] operates most of the buses in the city. You can buy tickets in any newsagents or tabaccheria. Tickets cost less than €1 and you may use them for an hour.
During the summer Reggio is as dead in the daytime as a Sergio Leone movie. From 8 to 9pm Corso Garibaldi is full of people. After that everyone is at Lungomare.
Reggio is at the center of a tourist area of historical and cultural importance. The whole city and its metropolitan area are an open-air archaeological park.
In the summer months transport service is activated for tourists through the streets of the historic center of Reggio Calabria and its main places of attraction[37]. Start of the tour is from Independence Square. Audioguide in: IT, EN, FR, DE, ES. Duration: 45 min.
Reggio is home to the particular and rare optical-mythological phenomenon of the Fairy Morgana, during which the Sicilian coast seems to be only a few meters away and it is possible to distinguish very well houses, cars and people. The Fairy Morgana or Fatamorgana is a complex and unusual form of mirage.

See[edit][add listing]

Castles, walls, towers and archeology sites[edit]

  • Aragonese Castle (Castello Aragonese), Piazza Castello and Via Aschenez, 89127 Reggio Calabria. T-Su 8:30-13:00 and 14:30-18:00. From 15th Jun-15th Sep in T-Su 9:00-13:00 and 14:00-19:00. It is believed about of much older origin of this castle around 6th century. The crenellated cylindrical towers built in the 15th century. Now castle is home to temporary exhibitions and cultural events.  edit
  • Archaeological excavations of Piazza Italia (Area Archelogica Ipogea Piazza Italia), Corso Giuseppe Garibaldi, 238, 89125 Reggio Calabria. Every day 10:30-12:30 and 17:30-20:30. The excavations are of great interest, because in just of six meters of excavation are 11 different layers of construction visible from the oldest layer of Magno Greco-Roman period up to the 19th century. The path below the square allows to visit to the remains of the city main course in the past, a destination for the kings and other great historical figures. Inside the excavation you can visit the ancient Roman paving, walls, wells and cisterns, buildings from the Angevin era. Coins are of strong numismatic interest found there.  edit
  • Nervi tower (Torre Nervi), Via Giunchi, 89123 Reggio Calabria. Circular structure of three floors stands out from the Lido near the center of the city. The building was designed in the 1970s to replace the ancient roundabout on the sea of the previously demolished lido. Now it characterizes the city coastline and by artistic-cultural initiatives.  edit
  • Roman-era spas (Terme Romane), (between the streets Via Tommasini and Via Plebiscito, 89127 Reggio Calabria). It is discovered during the excavations carried out on the promenade Falcomata. There is counted eight spas of the Roman era, with remnants of mosaic floor of small black and white tiles. The site is also called as "Roman Baths".  edit
  • Walls of the Ancient City, (nearby Piazza Camagna). The city is surrounded by ancient walls, that were built from the burned bricks many centuries ago by the Greek civilization to protect the city from the invaders. These are the oldest remaining symbols of Magno Grecia civilization. The wall near the seaside is dating back to the 4th century BC. Until now the the city walls has been restored countless times.  edit

Churches[edit]

  • Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption (Basilica Cattedrale di Maria Santissima Assunta in Cielo), Via Tommaso Campanella, 46, 89127 Reggio Calabria, +39 096 528 685, [1]. It is the largest sacred building in Calabria, rebuilt in 1929 in Neo Romanesque style. At its foot are situated stairs leading to the Cathedral with the impressive statues of St. Paul and St. Stephen. The façade is divided into three sectors by four turrets, with three bronze portals named under the Saints. The most impressive is central part of façade characterized by arched portal portico, above which are situated lancet windows and a large rose richly decorated with stuccos also opened pediment above. The interior is spacious and bright of three aisle plan. Polychromatic stained-glass windows are decorated by figures or geometric ornamental patterns. The walls are covered with polychrome marble taken from the ancient cathedral.  edit
  • Church of Jesus and Mary (Chiesa di Gesù e Maria), Via del Torrione, 101/F/G, 89127 Reggio Calabria. It was rebuilt after 1908 earthquake and is located at the square (Largo Morisani), at the intersection of Via Torrione and Via Crisafi. It has classic style façade, that rests on a loggia accessible by two side stairs. The church interior has a very bright three-aisle structure.  edit
  • Church of Saint Gaetano (Chiesa di San Gaetano Catanoso), Via del Gelsomino, 1, 89128 Reggio Calabria. This church is dedicated to Saint Gaetano, who was the first Saint from Calabria since 1504. The church holds a glass tomb and a museum dedicated to the Saint.  edit
  • Church of Saint George at Corso (Chiesa di San Giorgio al Corso), Corso Giuseppe Garibaldi, 303, 89125 Reggio Calabria. The church is also called Temple of Victory. It was rebuilt at the beginning of the 20th century in the strict classic style and was dedicated to the patron of the city of Reggio Calabria. The façade of the temple looks like a real triumphal arch. The large stained-glass window above the monumental portal depicts St. George killing the dragon. By the sides of portal, there are 6 bas-reliefs representing the scenes from the First World War. The domed church has a Latin cross plan with the nave and three side chapels owned by noble families of the city. The apse is decorated by the mosaic of Christ, between the holy evangelists Peter and Paul. Every year this is old tradition, that the municipal elections ends on the altar of the church of St. George.  edit
  • Church of Saint Joseph (Chiesa di San Giuseppe al Corso), Corso Giuseppe Garibaldi, 146, 89125 Reggio Calabria. Italian Gothic church was rebuilt in 20th century. Façade dominates by the high rectangular door, the portal with ornamented archivolts and the trefoil plate tracery window in the upper part. There are two news windows situated on the blinded gothic three-pointed arch with pilasters next to the portal.  edit
  • Church of Saint Lucia (Chiesa di Santa Lucia), Via Giuseppe De Nava, 89123 Reggio Calabria. It is presented in Renaissance style. In the building dominates the central part of façade with the rising Corinthian columns. Porch is surmounted by the semi-circular entablature. The enterance is toned in gilded color with the pilasters replaced by sides. Above the porch roof is topped swan's neck receding pediment with an open apex, where is situated stucco of Santa Lucia. At the very roof pediment teaching Gesus is painted on the gilded background.  edit
  • Church of San Sebastiano Martire (Chiesa di San Sebastiano Martire al Crocefisso), Via Crocefisso, 27, 89128 Reggio Calabria. The church was rebuilt after 1908 earthquake in Classic style. The façade is divided into the three floors. All floors are decorated by pilasters and by different size raised rectangular blinded frames with the concave corners. The upper floor ends with a triangular pediment topped by the cross. The central part has a picturesque window, which is topped by broken apex curved pediment and a medallion with the bishop's insignia interrupted in the center. On the lower part portal is surrounded by columns with ornate capitals, surmounted by the curved pediment. The interior, with a single nave, almost reproduces the same architectural forms of the exterior, only there are exceptions for the small details. On the left wall is reintegrated chapel, which has a semi-circular structure.  edit
  • Church of the Ottimati (Chiesa degli Ottimati or chiesa di Santa Maria Annunziata), Via Castello, 89127 Reggio Calabria. The ancient Byzantine-Norman church was built in 10th century. Later it was destroyed and fired, after that rebuilt on the original site in 1933. The new Arab-Norman temple with red dome has three-nave plan with the elegant mosaic floor.  edit
  • Graziella church (Chiesa della Graziella), Via Sbarre Centrali, 89100 Reggio di Calabria. The one of the oldest churches in the city was built in 17th century in Calabrian Baroque style. The modestly sized building consists of three parts: the church, the bell tower and the sacristies. The simple façade is decorated by framed white pilasters with Baroque details above. The marble portal is decorated by a series of acanthus motifs by sides and crowned by an entablature and above is set the three centered arched window.  edit
  • Roman Greeks church (Cattolica dei Greci), Via Aschenez, 163, 89125 Reggio Calabria. The church represents the oldest Christian institution in the city. Original church was located near Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II, but after the earthquake was destroyed. The earlier church was rebuilt in 19th century on another place in Neoclassical style. On the socles are placed four Corinthian columns supporting the entablature and triangular pediment above. Two arched niches are placed between the columns. The golden bronze portal created in eclectic style is of great importance, on which are represented 8 scenes from Jesus' life. The door pediment form interacts the triangular atop. By the sides are situated two bell towers. Church has Latin cross plan with a nave and two aisles ending by semi-circular apse.  edit
  • Sanctuary of Sant'Antonio (Santuario di Sant'Antonio), Via Sant'Antonio al Santuario, 61, 89124 Reggio Calabria. It was rebuilt in Gothic style in the 20th century. Façade with three entrances is decorated by a rose and the different forms of gothic windows, while at the sides dominate two tall bell towers enhancing the all gothic verticals. The sanctuary plan is Latin cross with the three aisles. The floor is marbled, while the ceiling architecture is cross-arched. The walls of the sanctuary are decorated by artistic stained-glass windows and paintings. Space before the sanctuary is surrounded by balustrade.  edit

Fountains and monuments[edit]

  • Fountain of the Fairy Morgana (Fontana La Fata Morgana), (The fountain is located in Via Ravagnese Inferiore, at the northern entrance to the Airport of the Strait of Reggio Calabria). Fountain is constructed at elliptical water basin with in the center replaced the bronze statue of Fata Morgana, which appears from the water (sea) at the foot of a swordfish. The construction is equipped with a hydraulic recirculation and filtering water system and a LED night lighting system with a choreographic effect.  edit
  • Monument to Italy (Monumento all'Unità d'Italia). A white marble statue of Carrara is located in the centre of the square of Italy or Vittorio Emanuele II square. The statue is 3 meters high. Here stands lady expressing the features of a sovereign in the act of holding a sword in one hand and another a crown braided of bay leaves.  edit
  • Monument to the fallen of all Wars (Monumento ai caduti di Reggio Calabria). It was built on the waterfront. The monument of winged bronze statue of Victory holding a sword and the palm of Martyrdom on a rostrum column. The monument stands in a small square, where two wrought iron lampposts in the shape of a vessel are placed at the ends. Two bronze statues at the base represent a Bruzio warrior, with a gaunt shield and an armed infantryman on a cannon.  edit
  • Monumental fountain on the Falcomatà embankment (Fontana del lungomare Falcomatà). Fountain, also known as the Luminous Fountain, is a monumental fountain in the historic center of Reggio Calabria, where Via Giudecca rests to the Falcomatà embankment. The fountain is composed with a large semicircular basin, which collects water of two small lateral waterfalls. In the center stands the Ionic order rectangular column, on which is replaced a bronze sculpture in relief, depicting a torch bearer. A mosaic of a geometric motif surrounds the fountain around.  edit

Museums[edit]

  • Civic Pinacotheca (Pinacoteca Civica di Reggio Calabria), Via Osanna, 6, 89125 Reggio Calabria, +39 096 532 4822 (). Open Tu-Su, 9:00-13:30/14:30-19:00 (last entry at 18:40). Pinacotheca includes the prestigious collection displays, pictorial works and sculptures of extreme interest.  edit
  • Museo Nazionale della Magna Grecia, Piazza Giuseppe De Nava, 26 89122 Reggio di Calabria, +39 096 581 2255, [2]. It is an Italian archaeological museum in Reggio Calabria with an archaeological collection from sites in Magna Grecia, the famous Bronzi di Riace bill be exhibited in the museum after its restoration. It was reopen in May 2013. There you can see a lot of statues but one of the most important it is called "Kouros". It is a statue that it is made by marble. It represents a Greek child that it held a bow and an arrow. In the world there are only three specimens. They are very important because it is valued like a Bronzo di Riace, are two famous full-size Greek bronze sculptures of nude bearded warriors, cast about 460–430 BCE, that were discovered by chance in 1972 in the waters of Riace Marina. There are two Bronzi, Bronzo A that was made 30 years before Bronzo B. Bronzo A has not got weapons while Bronzo B had lost an eye, a spear and the shield in the sea. Currently they are being restored in Reggio Calabria, the restoration laboratory is opened to the public at Palazzo Campanella, but it is more important a statue called "La testa del filosofo" because it represents a real person. FREE.  edit

Palaces and villas[edit]

  • Palaces (palazzo). It is worth to see: Barbera, Buffalo, Chamber of Comerce, Campanella, Belfanti Centralino, Corigliano, De Blasio, Fiaccadori, Giuffre, Goverment, Guarna, hotel Miramare, Mazzitelli, Melissari, Melissari-Musitano, Miccoli-Bosurgi, Monte dei Paschi di Siena, Nesci, Pelican, Post office, Provincial, Romeo Retez, Spano Bolani, Spinelli, Town Hall, Trapani-Lombardo, Vitale, Vitrioli, Zani, Zani-Spadano palace.  edit
  • San Giorgio palace (Palazzo San Giorgio), Via del Torrione, 96, 89125 Reggio Calabria. There is housed administrative headquarters of the Municipality. The two-story building is built in Art Nouveau style after the earthquake of 1908. The façade ground floor consists of a series of the ashlar arch windows, lined pilasters, dentils beneath the cornices as the building decorations. On the upper part are used floral stuccos details. The portal overlooking Piazza Italia, is located in the center of the architectural axis, topped by balcony, and consisting of a protruding structure resembling to the shape of tower, where is located a clock, a bell and other decorative elements and parapet around all roof.  edit
  • Villa Genoese Zerbi, Via Zaleuco, 5, 89125 Reggio Calabria. The area, where villa stands is defined by Corso Vittorio Emanuele III, Via Camagna, Via Zaleuco and Via Giulia. The two floor villa was rebuilt after the earthquake 1908. The architecture of the villa is real masterpiece. The façade of Villa Zerbi is characterized by bright, colorful contrasts of the play of light and shadow through the surfaces of the alternating massive Quoins and red bricks. Portico and loggias are in the pointed Trefoil arcades in a high-pitched Gothic style, the large terrace very like to typical fortresses of medieval age, tower dominates at the end of building. Walls are decorated by quatrefoil rose windows, Corinthian columns and balustradas. Balconies are displayed at the sides on the upper level. Above the roof is used decorative crenelation and below the cornices splurge dentils and bar of stuccos. Villa style recalls the shapes of the Venetian Middle Ages with the nods to the Renaissance. The exhibition of Venice Biennale in southern Italy is usually located here.  edit

Parks[edit]

  • Caserta Park (Parco Caserta), Via Parco Caserta, Via Carlo Rosselli, 1, 89100 Reggio Calabria. This park is dedicated to the sport lovers, where they can use water pool, skating rink or sport hall.  edit
  • "Municipal ("Villa), Via Guglielmo Pepe, 12, 89127 Reggio Calabria. This is area of about one hectare of square, which represents one of the green lungs of the city, but is also important artistic, cultural and socializing centre. There are situated the bronze and marble busts of the patriots and the monumental neoclassical portal from the earlier palace. As every park it is intersected by numerous of alleys and has hidden places as "Viale of the Columns" or Swans pond. The pride of the park is a botanical garden.  edit
  • Palmarium, (Corner Via Quartiere Militare and Via Cardinale Gennaro Portanova). Open for free access on all festive days, Sa-Su from 9:00-21:00.. The green area surrounding Palace Tommaso Campanella has a total area of over 10000 m2. Since 2009 there grow more than 3000 palm trees, among them are even very rare palms from Chile, Brazil, Mexico and Florida.  edit
  • Pineta Zerbi, Viale Genoese Zerbi, 89123 Reggio Calabria. It is pine park with the developed installation of a video surveillance system, sports and hiking routes, a play area for children, an agility dog area, the exhibition areas used for the antiques market function, held every two weeks on Sundays.  edit
  • Rotunda Park or Baden Powell Park (Parco Baden Powell), Via Argine Destro Calopinace, 89128 Reggio Calabria. It is located near the St. Paul shrine. Park developed workshops of art and creativity areas for music, body expression, reading, sport and animation.  edit

Streets and squares[edit]

  • Carlo Mezzacapo or Sant'Agostino square (Piazza Carlo Mezzacapo also Sant'Agostino), Via San Francesco da Paola, 89100 Reggio di Calabria. It is a historic square in the center of the city of Reggio Calabria. The square is dedicated to Carlo Mezzacapo, hero of the unity of Italy and brother of Luigi, to whom is named the barracks, that the square overlooks.  edit
  • Carmine square (Piazza Carmine). Formerly it was the southern gateway in the wall, through which the Garibaldi entered the city. The square is decorated by an artistic fountain and there overlooks the Carmine church.  edit
  • Castle square (Piazza Castello). It is located at the top of the city's old town, where dominates the ancient Aragonese Castle. Square is a large green space appointed for socializing and recreation needs of citizens.  edit
  • Course of Vittorio Emanuele III (Corso Vittorio Emanuele III). It is parallel street from one side to Giuseppe Garibaldi course and promenade another. The Vittorio Emanuele III course, known as Via Marina Alta, is an important artery of the historic center of Reggio Calabria. The street is overlooking the 20th century palaces that form the city's waterfront for about 1700 meters.  edit
  • De Nava square (Piazza De Nava). On this square is located National Archaeological Museum and in the center of it stands a monumental two-mouth fountain, topped by a statue of Minister De Nava.  edit
  • Duomo square (Piazza Duomo). The area saw the fierce battles of 1860, was devastated by the earthquake in 1908 and later rebuilt on another place, not far from earlier one.  edit
  • Fairy Morgana effect. On the hilly area of the old town, near the three fountains, Villa Nesci, from the Via Reggio Campi (there are staircases to reach the promenade), all these mentioned places have a unique optical effect. If you look at the sea and Sicily from the top, you will get the impression, that the view is much closer, than it really is.  edit
  • Garibaldi square (Piazza Garibaldi). In the center of the large square is located white marble statue of Carrara, the work depicting the hero Garibaldi. On the square is situated the Central Railway Station, where in the main atrium is replaced a ceramic bas-relief depicting the Fairy Morgana.  edit
  • Giuseppe Garibaldi course (Corso Giuseppe Garibaldi). From the old times street was erected by important public and cultural buildings, that found their place on the course. Two kilometers long street connects the north and south parts of the city. From this street you can enjoy beautiful views looking at any direction, where many streets intersect it or lead to the sea. Also, it is the shopping street with the most exclusive shops in the city. The street almost all is pedestrianized and paved with the white stone of Butchers and lined with the palaces and large squares.  edit
  • Independence square (Piazza Indipendenza). It is in the heart of the city and the Falcomatà promenade, where large part of it is occupied by the roadway, leaving only the limited space for the pedestrians. The square has an irregular plan, on which is situated artistic fountain, rebuilt numerous times. The square is also home to musical concerts and shows, mainly during the summer.  edit
  • St. George square (Piazza di San Giorgio). Small square is situated before the Church of St. George. Aside, there is a marble statue depicting St. Michael Archangel (statua dell'Angelo Tutelare or l'Angelo Tutelare). The work is one of the most valuable examples of 17th century art, that has come down to us. The statue is made of Greek marble depicts a leader and defender of the Christian people. The shield is held by Archangel, with Saint George depicted in the act of the killing of the dragon.  edit
  • Strait Arena or Anassilaos Amphitheatre (Arena dello Stretto). It is modern Greek style theatre overlooking the Strait of Messina. At the point, where land of Reggio Calabria meets sea waters, on the marble landmark stands a bronze statue depicting goddess Athena.  edit
  • Vittorio Emanuele II square (Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II, actually is called Piazza Italia). Monument to Italy here stands more, than 150 years and this is a reason, why the square has another name. The square is located in the center of the Giuseppe Garibaldi course. It was the seat of the Agora in Greek times and home to the forum in Roman times and the history of the city run from the 8th century BC to the 15th century AD. Several times the square was redesigned and went through the various denominations up to the current name. Around the square are located administrative institutions of the city housed in the palaces: San Giorgio, Governo, Corrado Alvaro, Palazzo del Banco di Napoli and Municipal theater "Francesco Cilea".  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Lido Comunale. The local beach of Reggio, also known as, Lido is the main tourist attraction of the city. Locals as well as tourists flock here every weekend so it can get quite crowded, however, weekdays the beach remains mostly deserted.  edit
Lido Communale
  • Politeama Siracusa, Corso Giuseppe Garibaldi, 159, 89125 Reggio Calabria. Movie theater is the oldest and most prestigious, among the few, theaters existing in the city of the Strait.  edit
  • Promenade Falcomata (Lungomare Falcomata). This walkway along the Strait of Messina is often called "the most beautiful kilometer in Italy (it is actually 1.7 kilometers long). This is the promenade, that is located near the beach and is one of the most visited places in Reggio. The promenade is lined by shady trees, outdoor cafes and shops and is pleasant spot for strolling in summer days or just for people watching also a place, where everybody can sit down, relax and enjoy the sunset or take a look at the statues of Rabarama, monuments, palaces or squares.  edit
  • Ride the ferry across the Straits. Ride for the view, even if you don't intend to visit Sicily. You need a conventional car-ferry for this, where you can get out on deck. Check also, that your return ferry brings you back to your starting point (whether Reggio or Villa San Giovanni).  edit
  • Teatro comunale Francesco Cilea, Corso Garibaldi (Located in front of Palazzo San Giorgio), +39 096 531 2701, [3]. With a capacity of 1,500 seats it is the largest theater in Calabria. It showcases musical and theatrical performances of different genre.  edit

Events[38][edit]

  • Catonateatro, [4]. It is a festival of theater and music with artists of the national and international fame. It is held from July to September at the Arena Neri, in the Catona district only 10 km from Reggio Calabria.  edit
  • Ecojazz, [5]. Summer event of national and international jazz, which is held for music lovers for many years. The main places, where this music is jazzed are Pellaro and Ecolandia Park.  edit
  • Feast of Our Lady of Consolation (Festa della Madonna della Consolazione), [6]. The second Saturday in September sees the religious procession of Festa della Madonna della Consolazione. During procession the Madonna's effigy is carried from the Basilica dell'Eremo (Church of the Hermitage) along Corso Garibaldi to the Cathedral.  edit
  • Festival of Culture (Festival della Cultura), [7]. Annual event taking place on 11th February, involving Calabria and Sicilian Regions. The Festival offers an overview of Mediterranean culture, during the event is also presented the "Metropolitan Strait" award, an award for those personalities, who have distinguished themselves at national and international level.  edit
  • Reggio Calabria Filmfest, [8]. It was founded in 2004 and is held every year in the spring. The festival includes 5 days period and is organized into five sections for the independent feature film competition.  edit
  • Running. This sport event takes place since 1983, every 25 April on the Falcomatà embankment.  edit
  • Saint George day. April 23 is dedicated to the patron of the city of Reggio Calabria.  edit
  • Summer Reggina (Reggio Estate). The most beautiful kilometer of Summer. It is represented during the summer time.  edit
  • Ulysses Regatta (Regata di Ulisse). Sports and culture event, that takes place every year at the end of August or beginning September for five days, aimed to the memory of Magna Grecia and the journey of Ulysses. Local authorities from all over Italy take part in it.  edit
  • Young Voices (Giovani Voci). This musical event takes place every year, in July, at the Greek Theater of the Mondiality Park.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

Reggio Calabria is a fairly big city, so it has quite a lot of malls and shopping centers. There are plenty of stores selling local designers goods as well. Visit the old markets in the ancient quarters of the city. The narrow alleyways and the tiny shops sell some of the best local handicrafts, as well as hand made items, lively and colorful, that you can carry back home as souvenirs. Buy Bergamotto liquor very similar to Limoncello.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Baylik, Vicolo Leone, 1, 89121 Reggio Calabria, +39 338 787 6375 (), [9]. Seafood Restaurant  edit
  • Cordon Bleu, Corso Garibaldi 203, 89125 Reggio Calabria, +39 096 533 2447. Chocolate cafe. Very posh with waiters in black tie and white tuxedo, paper hats on draught beer etc. It is a glorified fast food joint selling ice cream, crêpes, pizza slices, chips and other dishes, that are heated after you make your choice. But the E16 tourist menu is good and they have one thing on all other restaurants in town. The location of their wagon/tent on Corso Garibaldi.  edit
  • Ficara Di Romeo Salvatore, Via Demetrio Tripepi, Reggio Calabria, +39 096 533 1486. Pasticceria-Gelateria-Bar  edit
  • Hamburgeria RC, Via de Blasio, 3, 89125 Reggio Calabria, +39 329 696 7559 (), [10]. Hamburger Restaurant  edit
  • La Cantina del Macellaio, Via Girolamo Arcovito, 26/28, 89127 Reggio Calabria, +39 096 523 932, [11]. Restaurant Typical Calabrian cuisine Grilled meat, wine cellar, craft beers in Reggio Calabria  edit
  • La Luna Ribelle lungomare Di, Torre Nervi - Terrazza Lido Comunale Reggio Calabria, +39 096 581 2971 (), [12]. Pizza Restaurant  edit
  • Mandalari, Via Udine, 5, 89126 Reggio Calabria, +39 333 121 7210. Pizza Restaurant  edit
  • Mia Mamma Mia, Via Tommaso Campanella, +39 096 526 020, [13]. Restaurant  edit
  • MYAD1, Via Amerigo Vespucci, 14, 89123 Reggio Calabria, +39 096 589 6936 (), [14]. Pizza Restaurant  edit
  • Napoli & Napoli, Via Santa Caterina d'Alessandria, 90, 89122 Reggio Calabria, +39 096 545 324. Pizza Restaurant  edit
  • Pepy's' beach, Via Marina Bassa, 89123 Reggio Calabria, +39 320 214 7980, [15]. Pizza restaurant is great place to have a quiet beer, limoncello, bergamotto, or cocktail while watching the lights on Sicily and listening to the waves hitting the rocky beach.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Battaglia Vini, Via Spirito Santo, 46, 89128 Reggio Calabria, +39 096 589 0739. Winery  edit
  • Cesare, Piazza Indipenenza, 2, 89121 Reggio Calabria, +39 096 518 16014 (), [16]. Ice cream shop. It was voted the best ice cream in Italy. There are a lot of flavours of ice cream.  edit
  • Domi, Via Prov.le S. Cristoforo 46, Reggio Calabria, +39 349 380 3374. Bar  edit
  • Philadelphia, Via Cardinale Gennaro Portanova, 19, 89124 Reggio Calabria, +39 096 581 3079. Bar  edit
  • Poker, Via Paolo Pellicano, 5, 89128 Reggio Calabria, +39 347 745 3005. Bar  edit
  • Porcino & Ligato, Viale Aldo Moro, 46, 89129 Reggio Calabria, +39 096 559 0452. Bar  edit
  • Vini Nola, Via Boschicello, 10, Reggio Calabria, +39 096 562 5374. Winery  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Albanuova, Via Marsala, 20, 89127 Reggio Calabria, +39 096 533 1356 (), [17]. Hotel  edit
  • Albergo Noel, Via San Francesco da Paola, 114, 89127 Reggio Calabria, +39 096 589 0965 (), [18]. Not the most charming hotel with big fluorescent lights, fake wood paneling, and bad plumbing. But clean and run by a very friendly couple.  edit
  • Alpa, Via Sbarre C.li 591, Reggio Calabria, +39 327 286 5888 (), [19]. Hotel Residence  edit
  • APAN Hotel Reggio Calabria, Viale Laboccetta, 89132 Reggio Calabria, +39 096 559 8813 (), [20]. Hotel  edit
  • L'Essenza, Via Arangea, 5, 89131, Reggio Calabria, +39 392 144 2244 (), [21]. B&B  edit
  • Palazzo Galileo, Largo Calopinace Ponte Nuovo, 20, 89129 Reggio Calabria, +39 392 766 4477. B&B  edit
  • Villa Lavinia, Via Sbarre Inferiori, 34, 89129 Reggio Calabria, +39 348 658 8931 (), [22]. Villa  edit

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Get out[edit]

  • Aspromonte National Park. From Reggio take the exit Gallico and follow the SS 184 in the direction of Gambarie [40]. This strip of granitic-crystalline origin resembles a giant pyramid. The area is near the sea and reaches 2,000 meters of height with its many mountain peaks and plateaus of marine sedimentary origins. Surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea, the Park is enriched by considerable historical, artistic, and archaeological aspects, evidences of the archaic, classical, Greek, medieval, and modern culture. Points of attraction include the Gambarie ski resort (1,311 m) and the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Polsi, in the commune of San Luca.

To the north from Reggio Calabria:

  • Messina. Take tour to Messina from Reggio Calabria by ferry. Messina, the city of Sicily with the more than 200000 inhabitants. See Cathedrals, Basilica, Sanctuaries and more than 15 churches. Palaces. Monuments, statues, fountains and squares. Citadele, forts and castles. City wall and towers.
  • Motta Anòmeri
  • Mondiality park (Parco della Mondialità), Via Madonna delle Grazie, 89135 Reggio Calabria, near Gallico. This unique park representes the great cultures and religions of the peoples of the earth.
  • Campo Calabro. Churches. Forte Batteria Siacci. Fortino Mateniti inferiore.
  • Villa San Giovanni. The main ferry terminal to Sicily. Churches. Fountain. Monument to Garibaldi.Magnificent panoramic views of the Sicilian coast.
  • Cannitello. Spectacular maritime views. Horse Tower (Torre Cavallo). Altafiumara fort. Cannon. Fortino Poggio Pignatelli. Church of Saint Mary 'di Porto Salvo'. The swordfish fishing monument. Maritime Museum (Museo Marinaro) [41]. House Giuseppe Garibaldi. Lungomare between Cannitello and Villa San Giovanni Imbsarchi.
  • Scilla is situated along Tyrrhenian Coast. Many people think that Scilla is very fascinating for its panoramic views on Messina' Strait. Scilla is famous for swordfish, which has been fished there since Magna Greek times and for lots of local restaurants along the beach. The Ruffo Castle stands on the top of the famous cape which is wedged over the sea, leaving the beautiful beaches of Scilla, an annual tourist spot, on either side.
  • Rosarno. Churches. Archaeological Museum of Medma (Museo Archeologico di Medma ) [42].
  • Palmi. Torre Saracena[43]. Churches. Villa Comunale "Giuseppe Mazzini". Arch (Arco del Rilievo). Grotta (Grotte di Pignarelle). Fountains. The open-air theatre of Motta resort. Mausoleum (Mausoleo di Francesco Cilea). Belvedere La Motta. Panoramic Points at the top of Sant'Elia, from the balcony at sea of the Villa Comunale, from the steps of the Tower.

To the south from Reggio Calabria:

  • Motta Sant'Agata, Via Comunale S. Lorenzello, 137, 89133 Reggio di Calabria RC, Italy.
  • San Niceto Castle (Castello di Santo Niceto), Contrada Sant'Aniceto, 89065 Motta San Giovanni.
  • Monument to the 38th Parallel. It consists of a pyramid trunk-shaped plinth (on whose oblique side are placed medallions with the emblem of the six cities crossed by the 38th Parallel).
  • Capo dell'Armi. Wildlife refuge.
  • Anna. Casina dei Mille, where the Garibaldi soldiers lived in 1861. Church of Saint Joseph (Chiesa di San Giuseppe).
  • Pentedattilo is a stunning ancient village in southern Calabria near the sea with a splendid view of Mount Etna on Sicily. It is located about 45 minutes drive away from Reggio (the nearest destination that can be reached by public transport is Melito Porto Salvo or Saline Joniche). The village takes its name from ancient Greek origins. It is surrounded by five cliffs, which reminds the shape of five fingers (Gr. daktylos penta = five fingers). Today Pentedattilo is sometimes called a “Ghost Town” as it was almost fully abandoned by its inhabitants in favour of new homes near the coast. Every summer Pentedattilo hosts a Paleariza Festival, celebrating the Hellenistic culture. Between August and September a fascinating Inernational Short Film Festival takes place there.
  • Melito di Porto Salvo. Museo Garibaldino, Via Lungomare dei Mille, 89063 Melito di Porto Salvo. Sanctuary Maria SS of Porto Salvo (Santuario di Maria SS di Porto Salvo). Churches. On the highest part of the Old Town stands Saracen Tower (Torre Saracena) built around 1550. Promenade (Lungomare di Melito di Porto Salvo) hiking area. Monument to the Thousand (Monumento ai Mille). Villa garden Comunale.

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