Reggio Calabria is a city that stands out on a sea of ​​crystalline waters, where you can dive for most of the year. An ancient Greek colony and toe of Italy’s boot, the city was almost completely razed to the ground by the 1908 earthquake. Its modern appearance is a clear consequence of subsequent reconstruction works, which gave it a modern look, while not violating the its ancient soul. A place where you can contemplate nature and history at the same time, Reggio Calabria is often mentioned as the city of the Riace Bronzes , but it is not only this.

What to see in Reggio Calabria

1 – Duomo
Photo of Franc rc. The origins of the Cathedral of Reggio Calabriathey date back to the beginning of the second millennium when, with the Norman invasion, it underwent a process of “Latinization”. The Art Nouveau style, due to the latest restoration works, has given the Duomo a characteristic pure white. Inside, the Chapel of the SS. Sacramento, a national monument, famous for its mosaics and 8 niches, which depict the Evangelists, Saints Peter and Paul and the Doctors of the Church, St. Thomas and St. Bonaventure.

  • How to get there: from the two railway stations of Reggio Calabria the Cathedral can be reached using public transport heading south: the Cathedral can be reached in 10 min. From the A3 Salerno – Reggio Calabria motorway – Porto di Reggio Calabria exit. Walking along via Tommaso Campanella remains the recommended choice, so as not to miss the other attractions in the area – Get directions
  • Hours: winter: 7: 00/12: 15 – 15: 30/19: 00, summer: 7: 00/12: 15 – 16: 00/20: 00
  • Ticket cost: Free

2 – Arena dello Stretto
The Arena dello Stretto is a small amphitheater on the Lungomare Falcomata , built on the façade of the ancient Greek theaters, of which it reproduces all the details meticulously. Dedicated to Senator Ciccio Franco, the Arena is the place that hosts concerts and major city events , and is a suitable point to admire the panorama, given by the magnificent Strait of Messina.

  • How to get there: on foot, given its position on the Lungomare Falcomata – Get directions
  • Hours: always accessible
  • Ticket cost: Free

3 – Chiesa degli Ottimati
Photo by Sailko. The Church of the Ottimati was completely destroyed by the earthquake of 1908. The reconstruction was rapid, however, and involved the entire town of Reggio Calabria: the works were completed in 1933, following an Arab-Norman style. The original parts of the church have been restored using similar materials, taken from the Norman basilica of Santa Maria di Terreti, also destroyed by the magnets of previous years.

  • How to get there: on foot along via Castello – Get directions
  • Hours: Weekdays 8:15 – 11:00 / 17:30 – 20:15 (Thursday from 18:30) – Holidays 10:00 – 11:30 / 18:30 – 21:15
  • Ticket cost: Free

4 – Aragonese
Castle The Aragonese Castle, over the years, has been inhabited by different personalities, who each time have given it a different name. The Aragonese were only the last on a list, and they gave life to the structure as we see it today. The fortress was also ruined by the earthquakes that plagued Reggio Calabria and, until recently, it was in a situation of almost total abandonment. After the recent restoration the Castle has returned to its ancient splendor, and today it is the seat of the institute of geophysics and of important art exhibitions.

  • How to get there: it is located in the historic center of the city, and can be reached by walking along go to the Castle – Get directions
  • Hours: 08: 30-13: 30 – 15: 30-18: 30
  • Ticket price: the entrance to the castle is free, while the one for the exhibitions is paid

5 – Piazza Garibaldi
Photo by Salvatore Migliari. As soon as you leave the Reggio Calabria station you enter Piazza Garibaldi, where there is the statue of the hero of the two worlds right there, where he was wounded in the leg. The statue, three meters high, was sculpted by Alessandro Monteleone in Carrara marble: a valuable material, used with the aim of demonstrating the importance that, even today, Giuseppe Garibaldi has for the city of Reggio Calabria.

  • How to get there: by train, “Reggio Calabria” stop. On foot, along the riverside – Get directions
  • Hours: always accessible
  • Ticket cost: Free

6 – National Archaeological Museum
Photo by User: AlMare. The National Archaeological Museum of Reggio Calabria was designed in the postwar period by Marcello Piacentini, drawing inspiration from the main European museums that he had visited. Today the museum houses the most important finds in the history of Magna Graecia, a section dedicated to underwater archeology and the famous Riace Bronzes .

  • How to get there: The nearest station is “Reggio Calabria Lido”; at the exit, you are in piazza Indipendenza, a two-minute walk from the museum. By car, follow the signs for the north exit of the port. From the Central Station there is also a city bus service: lines 1, 2, 12, 14, 108, 110, 127. It is possible to reach the museum on foot, but this is in a more peripheral position than the center, so a bit of a walk – Get directions
  • Hours: 9:00 – 20:00
  • Ticket price: Full € 8.00, reduced € 5.00 for visitors aged 18 to 25
  • Recommended cards, tickets and tours: Full-Day Reggio Calabria, Scilla and the Riace Bronzes

7 – Lungomare Falcomata
Photo by Jacopo Werther. Defined as the most beautiful kilometer in Italy, the Lungomare Falcomata is the meeting point of all the streets, which lead to the main places to visit in Reggio Calabria. Here it is possible to admire both the ancient Greek walls and the statue of the Fata Morgana , located on a rock overlooking the city, turning away from the Strait, object of the famous mirage, called the Fata Morgana effect. Everything was born of Celtic legends, which wanted the fairy accustomed to push the sailors to their death, showing them imaginary castles. Well, looking right towards the Strait, above the horizon, Messina and Reggio seem to approach or move away.

SEE ALSO : the most beautiful beaches of Calabria

  • How to get there: the only way to better appreciate the peculiarities of what is called the “most beautiful kilometer in Italy” is on foot – Get directions
  • Hours: always accessible
  • Ticket cost: Free

8 – Santa Maria Madre della Consolazione at the Hermitage
Photo of Me. Also known as the Basilica of the Hermitage or the Sanctuary of the Hermitage , and the place where the cart of the Mother of Consolation is kept, used to carry the statue in procession the second week of September until the Cathedral Basilica, where it remains until the last Sunday of November. Lying in the Eremo district, the Sanctuary occupies the highest part of the city, and is a constant pilgrimage destination .
Founded in 1532 by twelve Capuchin friars, it houses the painting of the Madonna della Consolazione, by Niccolo Andrea Caprioli, and numerous other important works, including some bronze panels.

  • How to get there: by car, Salerno-Reggio Calabria motorway, then take the ss 106 ring road towards Taranto. By public transport, bus No. 7 – Get directions
  • Hours: on weekdays from 07:00 to 12:00 and from 15:45 to 19:45. On holidays from 07:45 to 12:00 and from 15:45 to 19:45
  • Ticket cost: Free

9 – Parco della Mondialita
Photo by Fernando.tassone. The Mondialita park is located in the Gallico Superiore district, and houses structures representing the major cultures of the Earth. Developed around the sanctuary, the park extends for five hectares, and is full of corners that favor relaxation, including numerous ponds . Inside the green area there are signs explaining the history and purpose of the park and indications, which lead to the major structures, including a Greek theater capable of seating 800 , used for summer events, an Arab house, in representation of Islamic culture, a seven-branched candlestick for the Jewish religion and a Pagoda for Asian cultures. In the center there is the cave of the nativity.

  • How to get there: from Piazza Garibaldi take the Atam buses lines 107-109 for Diminniti or 119 for Gallico, which stop right near the park – Get directions
  • Hours: every day from 9:00 to 18:00
  • Ticket cost: Free

10 – Piazza Italia
Photo by Antonino Diano. Piazza Italia is also known as Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II and with several other names, used over the centuries based on the historical events of Reggio: even, between 1810 and 1860, the square alternated seven names. The expansion works of the area date back to 1914, which led to the construction of three magnificent buildings: Palazzo San Giorgio, or the Town Hall, the Palazzo della Prefettura and the Palazzo della Provincia , which make Piazza Italia the institutional square of Reggio. Calabria. In addition, the square is home to six layers of archaeological excavations, which include: an ancient Roman pavement, walls, wells and cisterns from the Byzantine period, Norman rooms probably intended for bronze work, buildings from the Angevin period, and the foundation of the base of the statue of Ferdinand of Bourbon which dates back to 1823.

  • How to get there: by bus, from Piazza Garibaldi take Line 14 or 12 (every 30 minutes), get off at the Museo Diocesano stop. On foot, along Corso Garibaldi – Get directions
  • Hours: always accessible
  • Ticket cost: Free

Reggio Calabria itinerary in one day
The city of the Strait has a rare beauty, made up of myths, legends and thousand-year history. There are many places to see but, with only one day available, you have to make choices.

Morning : better to start from the National Archaeological Museum, slightly more out of the way than the historic center. Here are kept the famous Riace Bronzes , which cannot be missed, and many other finds of Magna Graecia of rare beauty. After the visit, you can move towards the Duomo , taking the opportunity to take a walk along the Falcomata seafront, the famous most beautiful kilometer in Italy, enriched by the ancient Greek walls and several other archaeological excavations. Once you arrive, the Duomo will be easy to spot, given its spectacular facade made up of four pillars. Inside there is the Chapel of the SS. Sacramento, decorated with mosaics and niches that houses the reproductions of the Evangelists.

Afternoon : after stopping for lunch at the Antica Rosticceria del Corso (only 5 minutes away) you can move to the nearby Aragonese Castle , which with its two majestic towers is the undisputed symbol of the city. From here, the famous Corso Garibaldi, the heart of life in Reggio Calabria, is only 8 minutes away. A pleasant walk among shops, shops and various clubs will take you straight to the last stop of this daily itinerary, the Church of San Giorgio al Corso dedicated to the patron saint of the city, and a destination for continuous pilgrimages by the faithful. The church has a Latin cross plan and a single nave with four chapels on each side while the upper part of the structure consists of barrel vaults, interrupted by arches at the pillars. In the square near the church there is the statue of the Tutelary Angel , dating back to 1637, representing St. Michael the Archangel.

Evening : only one minute separates you from the recommended place for dinner, theRagu Mediterranean Bistrot , where typical Reggio Calabria cuisine is served.

One day itinerary at a glance

  1. Breakfast : Bar Veneto 1976, via Vittorio Veneto, 71 – Get directions
  2. National Archaeological Museum : Hours: 9:00 – 20:00. Ticket: Full € 8.00, reduced € 5.00 for visitors aged 18 to 25
  3. Along the sea Falcomata : always open
  4. Duomo : admission is free, but visiting hours vary according to the months and mass celebrations. It is always advisable to visit the official website, before going on a visit
  5. Lunch : Antica Rosticceria del Corso, via Valentino Felice, 6 – Get directions
  6. Aragonese Castle : from Tuesday to Sunday 08: 30-13: 30, 15: 30-18: 30. Free admission except for exhibitions
  7. Corso Garibaldi : is the main street of Reggio Calabria, where it is possible to stroll, shop and catch typical glimpses of city life
  8. Church of San Giorgio al Corso : from Mon to Fri from 9:00 to 19:00 – free admission
  9. Dinner : Ragu Mediterranean Bistrot, Via Fata Morgana, 22 – Get directions

Where to eat in Reggio Calabria

  1. Ragu Mediterranean Bistrot : a small restaurant run by young people, its strong point is the typical cuisine of Reggio Calabria
    Average price per person: from € 5.00 to € 20.00
    Address and contacts: via Fata Morgana, 22 (Get directions) / tel: 3917450852
  2. Baylik Restaurant : mainly fish-based dishes at zero km
    Average price per person: € 20.00 to € 40.00
    Address and contacts: vico Leone, 1-3-5 (Get directions) / tel: 0965 48624
  3. La Cantina del Macellaio : a place renowned for its meat and the great variety of wines offered
    Average price per person: € 25.00 to € 40.00
    Address and contacts: Via Girolamo Arcovito, 26/28 (Get directions) / tel: 0965 23932

What to do in the evening: nightlife areas and the best clubs
The nightlife of Reggio Calabria is based above all on the beaches that after sunset are transformed into places for fun especially for young people, from aperitifs to disco music until late at night. There is also no shortage of English pubs for those who want to limit themselves to a drink. Among the most popular clubs, those overlooking the Matteotti promenade and the Falcomata promenade but also in via Garibaldi, there is really only the embarrassment of choice.

  • Random Club : jazz and blues music club, with live shows
    Address: via Possidonea (Get directions)
  • Pub Birri Basta : pub pizzeria specializing in Italian, German and European craft beers
    Address: Via Cattolica dei Greci, 24 (Get directions) / Facebook page
  • American Western Saloon : American-style pub, equipped with board games, specializing in drinks
    Address: Via Osanna, 2f (Get directions) / Facebook page

Plan your stay in Reggio Calabria: info and useful tips

  • How to get there: the “Tito Minniti” airport of Reggio Calabria is connected to the city by bus, and is about 20 minutes from the center – Flights to Reggio Calabria from € 77.00 – see the offers
    By car, from the North Highway A3 (Salerno-Reggio Calabria) from the South State Road SS106 Jonica (Reggio Calabria-Taranto).
    By train, the “Reggio Calabria” station is only 15 minutes from the city center.
  • Getting around : the city lends itself to being toured mainly on foot, given the proximity of the attractions. Buses are also a good solution, given their punctuality and efficiency.
  • Where to park : the Cimitero di Condera car park and free parking and is about 39 minutes from the center on foot – Get directions
  • Where to sleep: Hotels and b & b from € 27.00 per room – see the offers
  • What to see in the surrounding area : Scilla (22 km), Apsromonte National Park (26 km), Aeolian Islands (about 2 hours by ferry, about € 30.00 each way)
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