The city of Reggio di Calabria, commonly known as Reggio Calabria or simply Reggio, is the centre of the metropolitan area of the same name in Calabria, as with Naples and Taranto, and is home to one of the most important archaeological museums dedicated to Magna Grecia which houses the famous Riace bronzes.
The city stretches for 23 km along the eastern shores of the Strait of Messina and climbs up the slopes of the Aspromonte mountain range up to the 1708m peak of Monte Basilicò.
The town lies in a fertile area thanks to the mild climate and the abundance of water where olives, vines and citrus fruit grow, not forgetting bergamot, a plant that grows exclusively in the coastal strip that runs from Reggio to Gioiosa Jonica. Repeatedly flattened by catastrophic earthquakes, it has always known how to start again from its ruins, bit by bit creating its image which looks to the future without forgetting its history.
Reggio Calabria is a city of art and science, jealous of its inheritance and its glorious past but gazing forward towards a future of development and progress. The National Archaeological Museum "Magna Grecia" houses magnificent ancient artefacts from the prehistoric, Greek and Roman past. The virile Riace warriors seem to defend all that treasure. Art has its symbolic place in the fabulous Teatro Comunale Francesco Cilea theatre that gives new life to the splendours of the past.
The Mediterranea University, the Dante Alighieri University for Foreigners, the Academy of Fine Arts and the Francesco Cilea Conservatory are the driving forces of knowledge in a city that has a level of secularisation among the highest in Italy. Reggio Calabria is a place in full cultural development. From cinema to literature, from social life to sports, clubs and associations are multiplying, youth groups too, that cover all sorts of subjects.
Reggio Calabria is not only art and culture, from the Greek Walls that surround it you reach the Falcomatà Waterfront, a beach of national interest and defined by D'Annunzio "the most beautiful kilometre in Italy".
It overlooks the Strait of Messina, with a beach of coarse sand, a blue crystal-clear sea with top-quality beaches, bars, restaurants and shops.
The city is exposed to strong winds, making it an ideal place for lovers of windsurfing and kitesurfing who can come and enjoy these wonderful sports in a truly unique setting.
For lovers of shopping a real parade of delights awaits them in the centre, in the bustling city street Corso Garibaldi where you can see high-fashion ateliers, craft workshops and souvenir shops, but also vestiges of the ancient past as well as patisseries and ice cream bars to enjoy the many Reggio specialities.
A singular luminous city whose architectural, artistic and environmental treasures make Reggio Calabria one of the most beautiful and interesting places in Southern Italy.