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10 reasons to visit REGGIO CALABRIA
Reggio Calabria is the largest, oldest and most heavily populated town in the region of Calabria and one of the oldest towns in the whole of Italy.
The city centre, with its long, straight, parallel avenues has many Liberty buildings and nice high end shopping streets. It is a popular holiday resort and has a lovely, wide open promenade called the Lungomare Falcomatà where you can stroll among the magnolia trees and remarkable palms. From this promenade it is possible to look across the Straits of Messina to Sicily where, for much of the year, the snow capped volcanic mountain of Etna is clearly visible. The exotic Aeolian Islands are also clearly visible from this promenade and there are regular ferries to them and to Sicily.
To admire the Castello Aragonese
To admire the Castello Aragonese
This fantastic castle has stood as the cities main form of defence for hundreds of years and was originally created in the early Middle Ages.
As Reggio was such an important city during previous ages, the castle was always maintained and fortified.
Today the castle remains in fantastic condition and it is possible to climb to the battlements and walk along the defensive towers. Located in the centre of Reggio Calabria, the castle is one of the main icons of the city and can be seen virtually anywhere in the surrounding vicinity.
To walk down the Lungomare Falcomatà
To walk down the Lungomare Falcomatà
Reggio Calabria is a coastal city and thus has a long stretch of beach and public promenade. The Lungomare Falcomatà is the main beach strip and is where both locals and tourist come to enjoy the sun, a walk and to admire the fantastic coastal scenery. Starting at the edge of the railway track, the promenade stretches for miles until reaching the bus station. Along this walkway there is a myriad of trees, benches and lighting, together with some small parks and the delightful open air Arena dello Stetto Amphitheatre.
To take a tour of the National Parks
To take a tour of the National Parks
The Calabrian region is very varied. There are beautiful beaches along with wild un-touched nature in the Calabrian mountains a few miles away. You get the best of both worlds – you can enjoy the incredible coastline and also explore the uncontaminated forests, rugged foothills and pleasant hilltops which are home to different animal and vegetable species. There are four protected parks in Calabria: Pollino, Sila, Aspromonte and Serre.
To visit the Museo Nazionale
To visit the Museo Nazionale
If you are looking for a slice of culture and to learn about the history of Reggio, the Museo Nazionale is the perfect place to visit. Located just behind the beach promenade, the museum is housed within a historic building that is adorned with many ancient icons. Inside this museum, you can find a huge collection of artefacts and relics from the surrounding region dating as far back as ancient Greek times.
Notable items include the famous two Riace Bronze statues depicting Tydeus and Amphiaraus, a marble head of Apollo, various bronze pieces of furniture and a collection of ornate jewellery and coins.
To admire the Monumento de Athena
To admire the Monumento de Athena
Located in the centre of the beach promenade, the Monument of Athena is an icon of the city and stands proudly at the edge of a purposefully built promenade. Standing next to the statue you are given fantastic views of the straight of Messina whilst behind the statue is a fantastic public amphitheatre. The statue itself depicts the warrior goddess Athena Promachos who is said to defend Reggio Calabria in times of need.
To enjoy Reggio Calabria beach
To enjoy Reggio Calabria beach
In front of the promenade you can find a stretch of public beach and many locals and tourists visit to simply relax and enjoy the blistering Mediterranean heat. The beach is a mixture of sand and small pebbles, and the promenade has a plethora of amenities that you can benefit from. Next to the Monument of Athena there is also several beach bars and cafes where you can buy refreshments. Whilst in Reggio, the beach offers the perfect place to rejuvenate and have some fun.
To climb the Rocca di Pentedattilo
To climb the Rocca di Pentedattilo
Pentedattilo is a ghost town that was originally built by greek setelers in 640 BC. Until the 1800’s it was continually inhabited, but earthquakes cause the population to vacate the village. It now stands today as an eerie reminder of a bygone era and the original buildings can still be seen hugging the edge of the mountain.
Behind the village are the Rocks of Pentedattilo that tower above the buildings and create an interesting natural monument to explore. Photographic opportunities are numerous here, and for the adventurous, it is possible to climb the rocks.
To visit the villages in the Valle dello Stilaro
To visit the villages in the Valle dello Stilaro
Pazzano, Stilo, Bivongi and Monasterace are the villages located along the Stilaro River. Here you’ll find not only the famous Cattolica, but also the Punta Stilo Lighthouse in Monasterace, the suggestive “Eremo di Montestella” in Pazzano and the Bivongi Falls. These are all excellent reasons to spend at least a couple of days in this area. And don’t forget to enjoy a walk in the village of Stilo.
To discover the villages of Aspromonte National Park
To discover the villages of Aspromonte National Park
Discover the cultural and culinary identity of the Aspromonte villages: Gerace, Mammola, Antonimina, Agnana Calabra and Ciminà. They have recently joined in the idea of “Slow Life” and offer tourists a cultural journey taking them from the famous “Musaba” to the culinary delights of the “Stocco” in Mammola, the “caciocavallo” in Ciminà and the delicious frozen dessert with brioche in Gerace.
To admire Chianalea di Scilla
To admire Chianalea di Scilla
Often called the “Venice of the South”, Chianalea is among the most beautiful villages in Italy. It’s a corner of paradise, its houses are all flush against the water and the small tight streets create a peaceful and tranquil for its visitors and tourist.