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Visit Reggio Calabria

VISIT REGGIO CALABRIA and PROVINCE:

LEGGI QUESTA PAGINA IN ITALIANO

WHAT TO SEE & DO

 

Brief History of Reggio Calabria

Before entering into details of how to visit Reggio Calabria, let’s speak a bit of its history. Reggio Calabria is a city founded even before Rome. In fact the city is among the oldest in Europe, founded in the VIII century B.C. . Reggio Calabria was one of the most important cities of the Magna Grecia (Magna Greece) in reaching the V century B.C. with a considerable economic and political importance. In this date the Greek Walls, visible on the Promenade Falcomatà, were erected. Reggio Calabria became an ally of Athens in the Peloponnesian War.  The autonomous government institutions, Rhegium was an important ally and partner navalis of Rome and later in the Roman Empire became one of the most important and flourishing cities of southern Italy. In this period are dated the Roman Baths unearthed during excavations after the Earthquake of 1908. During the Middle Ages under the rule in Calabria, Reggio became a Byzantine metropolis and enjoyed some prosperity until the eighth century. Around 536 A.D. was the first documentation of a fort on a hill, now less evident, where there is now the Aragonese Castle (link to the page below to visit Reggio Calabria) that in 1059 it passed to the Normans and enlarged in 1300 around the Aragonese that restored and fortified it. In the fourteenth century Reggio Calabria is assigned to the Kingdom of Naples. The Spaniards with their Oppressive Taxes and the  epidemics and barbarian invasions brought the city to a progressive decline that culminated in the disastrous earthquake of 1783. In 1806, Napoleon conquered the city. On August 21, 1860, in the famous Battle of Piazza Duomo (Duomo Square), Garibaldi conquered the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies and gave it to King Vittorio Emanuele II. The Mayor of Reggio became the first to proclaim the end of the Kingdom of Francis II and the beginning of the government of General Garibaldi. On 28 December 1908 the city was again devastated by a terrible earthquake that finally changes appearance with the city building plan of Eng. De Nava whose statue is placed in De Nava Square, opposite the National Archaeological Museum of the Magna Grecia (Magna Greece) (link to the page below to visit Reggio Calabria) which houses priceless works of art, such as the Riace Bronzes, the Kouros and many other works. The Cathedral of Reggio Calabria in 1928 was rebuilt on the ashes of the former baroque Cathedral that was destroyed by the earthquake of 1908.

Visit Reggio Calabria: the Monuments and Points of Interest in the City

  • Aragonese Castle (Castello Aragonese)
  • Ottimati’s Church (Chiesa degli Ottimati)
  • Cathedral of Reggio Calabria (Duomo di Reggio Calabria)
  • The Graziella’s Church (Chiesa della Graziella)
  • Catholic of Greeks (Cattolica dei Greci)
  • Theatre Francesco Cilea
  • Arena of the Strait
  • Villa Genoese Zerbi
  • Tower Nervi
  • Palace Nesci
  • Roman Baths
  • Greeks Walls
  • Promenade Falcomatà
  • Archaeological excavations at Square Italy (Piazza Italia)
  • Corso Garibaldi (Garibaldi Street)
  • Corso Vittorio Emanuele (Vittorio Emanuele Street)
  • Villa Comunale
  • Square Carmine (Piazza Carmine)
  • Square Castle (Piazza Castello)
  • Square Indipendence (Piazza Indipendenza)
  • National Museum of Magna Greece (Museo Nazionale della Magna Grecia)
  • War Memorial to Slain of All Wars (Monumento ai Caduti di Tutte le Guerre)
  • Art Gallery (Pinacoteca Civica)
  • Planetary “Pythagoras” (Planetario “Pythagoras”)

Visit Reggio Calabria – the Province:  Visit the Monuments and the Points of Interest in the city’s outback

  • Saint Aniceto’s Castle (Castello di Sant’Aniceto (Motta San Giovanni))
  • Pentidattilo
  • Locri
  • Bova
  • Gerace and the Cathedral
  • Church of  Catholic of Stilo and  village
  • Scilla
  • Chianalea
  • Gambarie
  • Gioiosa Jonica
  • Aspromonte Massif

Events at Reggio Calabria

Events and Festivities in Reggio Calabria’s Province