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Reggio Calabria Seafront
City of Reggio Calabria, Calabria

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The city of Reggio Calabria is the capital of the province of the same name in the region of Calabria, southern Italy. 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. Lying on the lower slopes of the Aspromonte mountain range, Reggio Calabria is right on the 'toe' of Italy and is only separated from the island of Sicily by a narrow strip of water called the Strait of Messina.

The city has been subjected to many earthquakes over the centuries, dating as far back as 91BC. The earthquakes were fairly consistent after that with tremors in 17 AD, one in 305 AD, and again another in 374AD. An earthquake in 1562 destroyed the natural, medieval port of the city and then two massive earthquakes, one in 1783 and one in 1908 caused extensive damage. The 1908 earthquake was classed at the time as the worst disaster to take place in human memory and it all but destroyed the city. The constant rebuilding of Reggio Calabria has led to its current, modern layout of linear, intersecting roads which is not in keeping with the original structure of the city. The last big earthquake in the area was in 1923 when the only remaing Norman part of the castle was destroyed and subsequently demolished.

Although it is an urban city with little green space it is a very pleasant place to be and the industry remains fairly rural, mainly the growing and exporting of vegetables, fruit and tobacco. It is a fishing port and supports a fairly large fishing industry. Reggio Calabria is also famous for the production of the essence of bergamot which is used extensively in perfumes.

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Corso Garibaldi - Photo: Franc

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.

The main square is Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II and the principle street is Corso Garibaldi.

There are many historically important structures and other interesting buildings in and around Reggio Calabria:

The Castle
The exact date of contruction is not know but it was certainly before 540AD.

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The Castle - Photo: PT

It was enlarged first by the Normans and then in 1459 by the Aragonese. It was badly damaged in some of the earthquakes and is now used for housing art exhibitions.

The Cathedral
This is the largest religious building in the region of Calabria but was badly damaged in the earthquake of 1923 when most of it had to be rebuilt.

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The Cathedral - Photo: Franc

Other intersting churches and religious buildings include the Chiesa degli Ottimati with its interesting cupola, Chiesa di Santa Lucia, Chiesa di Gesù e Maria and Chiesa Cattolica dei Greci.

The National Archaeological Museum of Magna Graecia
Built in 1932 this museum houses the famous Riace Bronzes which are a rare example of Greek sculpture.

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Riace Bronzes - Photo: AlMare

These bronze statues have recently become the symbol of the city of Reggio Calabria.

There are other interesting museums and several noteworthy villas, namely Villa Genoese-Zerbi and Palazzo Nesci and some lovely botanical gardens which face the sea.

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Villa Genoese-Zerbi - Photo: Amaracord69

Also along the seafront is the Arena dello Stretto which is an open-air theatre and host both theatrical and musical events during the summer months.

Reggio Calabria
Population: 183,974
Male: 88,004
Female: 95,970
Population density: 779.5 per square km

Flag of Calabria
  • Regional Information

    • Area: 15,081 km²
      Population: 1.9m
      Density: 130/km²
      Capital: Catanzaro

      National Parks:
      The Pollino National Park
      The Sila National Park
      Aspromonte National Park
Location of Calabria
Provinces of Calabria
  • Comunes of Calabria
    • Catanzaro
      • Albi
        Amaroni
        Amato
        Andali
        Argusto
        Badolato
        Belcastro
        Borgia
        Botricello
        Caraffa di Catanzaro
        Cardinale
        Carlopoli
        Catanzaro
        Cenadi
        Centrache
        Cerva
        Chiaravalle Centrale
        Cicala
        Conflenti
        Cortale
        Cropani
        Curinga
        Davoli
        Decollatura
        Falerna
        Feroleto Antico
        Fossato Serralta
        Gagliato
        Gasperina
        Gimigliano
        Girifalco
        Gizzeria
        Guardavalle
        Isca sullo Ionio
        Jacurso
        Lamezia Terme
        Magisano
        Maida
        Marcedusa
        Marcellinara
        Martirano
        Martirano Lombardo
        Miglierina
        Montauro
        Montepaone
        Motta Santa Lucia
        Nocera Terinese
        Olivadi
        Palermiti
        Pentone
        Petrizzi
        Petronà
        Pianopoli
        Platania
        San Floro
        San Mango d’Aquino
        San Pietro a Maida
        San Pietro Apostolo
        San Sostene
        San Vito sullo Ionio
        Santa Caterina dello Ionio
        Sant’Andrea Apostolo dello Ionio
        Satriano
        Sellia
        Sellia Marina
        Serrastretta
        Sersale
        Settingiano
        Simeri Crichi
        Sorbo San Basile
        Soverato
        Soveria Mannelli
        Soveria Simeri
        Squillace
        Stalettì
        Taverna
        Tiriolo
        Torre di Ruggiero
        Vallefiorita
        Zagarise

    • Cosenza
      • Acquaformosa
        Acquappesa
        Acri
        Aiello Calabro
        Aieta
        Albidona
        Alessandria del Carretto
        Altilia
        Altomonte
        Amantea
        Amendolara
        Aprigliano
        Belmonte Calabro
        Belsito
        Belvedere Marittimo
        Bianchi
        Bisignano
        Bocchigliero
        Bonifati
        Buonvicino
        Calopezzati
        Caloveto
        Campana
        Canna
        Cariati
        Carolei
        Carpanzano
        Casole Bruzio
        Cassano all’Ionio
        Castiglione Cosentino
        Castrolibero
        Castroregio
        Castrovillari
        Celico
        Cellara
        Cerchiara di Calabria
        Cerisano
        Cervicati
        Cerzeto
        Cetraro
        Civita
        Cleto
        Colosimi
        Corigliano Calabro
        Cosenza
        Cropalati
        Crosia
        Diamante
        Dipignano
        Domanico
        Fagnano Castello
        Falconara Albanese
        Figline Vegliaturo
        Firmo
        Fiumefreddo Bruzio
        Francavilla Marittima
        Frascineto
        Fuscaldo
        Grimaldi
        Grisolia
        Guardia Piemontese
        Lago
        Laino Borgo
        Laino Castello
        Lappano
        Lattarico
        Longobardi
        Longobucco
        Lungro
        Luzzi
        Maierà
        Malito
        Malvito
        Mandatoriccio
        Mangone
        Marano Marchesato
        Marano Principato
        Marzi
        Mendicino
        Mongrassano
        Montalto Uffugo
        Montegiordano
        Morano Calabro
        Mormanno
        Mottafollone
        Nocara
        Oriolo
        Orsomarso
        Paludi
        Panettieri
        Paola
        Papasidero
        Parenti
        Paterno Calabro
        Pedace
        Pedivigliano
        Piane Crati
        Pietrafitta
        Pietrapaola
        Plataci
        Praia a Mare
        Rende
        Rocca Imperiale
        Roggiano Gravina
        Rogliano
        Rose
        Roseto Capo Spulico
        Rossano
        Rota Greca
        Rovito
        San Basile
        San Benedetto Ullano
        San Cosmo Albanese
        San Demetrio Corone
        San Donato di Ninea
        San Fili
        San Giorgio Albanese
        San Giovanni in Fiore
        San Lorenzo Bellizzi
        San Lorenzo del Vallo
        San Lucido
        San Marco Argentano
        San Martino di Finita
        San Nicola Arcella
        San Pietro in Amantea
        San Pietro in Guarano
        San Sosti
        San Vincenzo la Costa
        Sangineto
        Santa Caterina Albanese
        Santa Domenica Talao
        Santa Maria del Cedro
        Santa Sofia D’Epiro
        Sant’Agata di Esaro
        Santo Stefano di Rogliano
        Saracena
        Scala Coeli
        Scalea
        Scigliano
        Serra d’Aiello
        Serra Pedace
        Spezzano Albanese
        Spezzano della Sila
        Spezzano Piccolo
        Tarsia
        Terranova da Sibari
        Terravecchia
        Torano Castello
        Tortora
        Trebisacce

    • Crotone
      • Belvedere di Spinello
        Caccuri
        Carfizzi
        Casabona
        Castelsilano
        Cerenzia
        Cirò
        Cirò Marina
        Cotronei
        Crotone
        Crucoli
        Cutro
        Isola di Capo Rizzuto
        Melissa
        Mesoraca
        Pallagorio
        Petilia Policastro
        Rocca di Neto
        Roccabernarda
        San Mauro Marchesato
        San Nicola dell’Alto
        Santa Severina
        Savelli
        Scandale
        Strongoli
        Umbriatico
        Verzino

    • Reggio Calabria
      • Africo
        Agnana Calabra
        Anoia
        Antonimina
        Ardore
        Bagaladi
        Bagnara Calabra
        Benestare
        Bianco
        Bivongi
        Bova
        Bova Marina
        Bovalino
        Brancaleone
        Bruzzano Zeffirio
        Calanna
        Camini
        Campo Calabro
        Candidoni
        Canolo
        Caraffa del Bianco
        Cardeto
        Careri
        Casignana
        Caulonia
        Ciminà
        Cinquefrondi
        Cittanova
        Condofuri
        Cosoleto
        Delianuova
        Feroleto della Chiesa
        Ferruzzano
        Fiumara
        Galatro
        Gerace
        Giffone
        Gioia Tauro
        Gioiosa Ionica
        Grotteria
        Laganadi
        Laureana di Borrello
        Locri
        Mammola
        Marina di Gioiosa Ionica
        Maropati
        Martone
        Melicuccà
        Melicucco
        Melito di Porto Salvo
        Molochio
        Monasterace
        Montebello Ionico
        Motta San Giovanni
        Oppido Mamertina
        Palizzi
        Palmi
        Pazzano
        Placanica
        Platì
        Polistena
        Portigliola
        Reggio Calabria
        Riace
        Rizziconi
        Roccaforte del Greco
        Roccella Ionica
        Roghudi
        Rosarno
        Samo
        San Ferdinando
        San Giorgio Morgeto
        San Giovanni di Gerace
        San Lorenzo
        San Luca
        San Pietro di Caridà
        San Procopio
        San Roberto
        Santa Cristina d’Aspromonte
        Sant’Agata del Bianco
        Sant’Alessio in Aspromonte
        Sant’Eufemia d’Aspromonte
        Sant’Ilario dello Ionio
        Santo Stefano in Aspromonte
        Scido
        Scilla
        Seminara
        Serrata
        Siderno
        Sinopoli
        Staiti
        Stignano
        Stilo
        Taurianova
        Terranova Sappo Minulio
        Varapodio
        Villa San Giovanni

    • Vibo Valentia
      • Acquaro
        Arena
        Briatico
        Brognaturo
        Capistrano
        Cessaniti
        Dasà
        Dinami
        Drapia
        Fabrizia
        Filadelfia
        Filandari
        Filogaso
        Francavilla Angitola
        Francica
        Gerocarne
        Ionadi
        Joppolo
        Limbadi
        Maierato
        Mileto
        Mongiana
        Monterosso Calabro
        Nardodipace
        Nicotera
        Parghelia
        Pizzo
        Pizzoni
        Polia
        Ricadi
        Rombiolo
        San Calogero
        San Costantino Calabro
        San Gregorio d’Ippona
        San Nicola da Crissa
        Sant’Onofrio
        Serra San Bruno
        Simbario
        Sorianello
        Soriano Calabro
        Spadola
        Spilinga
        Stefanaconi
        Tropea
        Vallelonga
        Vazzano
        Vibo Valentia
        Zaccanopoli
        Zambrone
        Zungri
Hotels in Calabria
CalabriaWEATHER
Calabria Climate (Catanzaro)
  High Low Sun Rain
Jan 15 8 4 63
Feb 15 8 4 52
Mar 17 9 5 43
Apr 19 11 6 31
May 24 15 7 17
Jun 28 18 9 9
Jul 31 22 10 6
Aug 31 22 9 9
Sep 28 19 7 29
Oct 24 16 6 53
Nov 20 12 4 63
Dec 17 10 4 59
Table Key:
High - Average monthly high temperatures
Low - Average monthly low temperatures
Sun - Average hours of sunshine per day
Rain - Average monthly rainfall in mm
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