Seafront Reggio Calabria
An example of harmonious perfection. The happy union of Art Nouveau and classical style buildings and the variegated and majestic vegetation descend towards the suggestive sea of the Strait of Messina, with Sicily in the background.
Magna Grecia National Museum
Among the most important museums in Italy, it hosts a vast heritage of finds brought to light in the last hundred years of archaeological activity on the regional territory. The section on marine archeology is quite extraordinary with the famous statues of the Riace Bronzes as a culminating element.
Course Giuseppe Garibaldi
Course Garibaldi, or simply "il corso", is one of the main arteries of Reggio Calabria, both in relation to the city viability and from an economic-commercial point of view.
Rebuilt after the earthquake of 1908, the road connects the northern part of Reggio with the south, with a route of about two kilometers, many of them exclusively pedestrian. The road runs parallel to the waterfront. Along it opens Piazza del Duomo, with the Cathedral Basilica, one of the most important religious buildings in the city and the entire region, and you can also admire the Church of San Giorgio al Corso, dedicated to the patron saint of Reggio Calabria.
But Corso Garibaldi in Reggio is also the shopping and strolling street: along this street there are the most important shops in the capital, as well as bars and cafes. Those who want to relax, however, can stop at the Villa Comunale Umberto I.
A construction that survived natural disasters and demolitions, the castle still preserves its military structure and charm. Today it is used for important exhibitions.
Reggio Calabria is located in the heart of the Mediterranean, between the sea and the mountains. It is a land rich in scents and colors. Formerly known as "Calabria Ulteriore Prima", the province of Reggio Calabria has the highest population density in the Region. To the west it overlooks the Tyrrhenian Sea, to the south and east to the Ionian Sea, to the northeast it borders with Catanzaro and to the north-west with Vibo Valentia. To the south-west it is only 3.2 kilometers from Sicily.
The territory is characterized by dense forests of chestnut, beech, oak and white fir trees, which alternate with cultivation of olives and vines, centuries-old rivers and coastal cliffs covered with ferns, brooms, strawberry trees, myrtles, oleanders and prickly pears. The coastal strip between Villa S. Giovanni and Gioiosa ionica is the natural habitat for the cultivation of bergamot.
The rivers are a distinctive feature of the province, from the mountains to the sea. Their course, even if short, runs through great gradients, creating vast depressions in the soil. The largest river in the Grecanic area is the Amendolea, which flows into the Condofuri Marina, designing an enormous silver pebble ribbon bordered by citrus and broom plants. Also the Locride is full of rivers, such as La Verde, between Bianco and Samo, characterized by spectacular gorges.
Another characteristic feature of the province is the area of the Tyrrhenian coast, with terraces built on the hills overlooking the sea. This stretch is called Costa Viola, because of the reflections that color the sea especially at sunset.
Much of the area of Reggio Calabria is the Aspromonte National Park, with acres of pine forests on the Tyrrhenian side and beech forests on the Ionian side.
Finally, the area of Tauro has a great variety of landscapes and is famous for the typical production of clementines. The Plain of Gioia Tauro includes very fertile lands, thanks to the reclamation started in 1818 by the Marquis Nunziata and continued in the following decades by the State.