Reggio Calabria is a city that stands out on a sea of crystal clear waters, in which 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 reconstructions, which have given 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 city of the Riace Bronzes, But it's not just this.
- 10 things to see in Reggio Calabria in a weekend
- What to see in Reggio Calabria in one day: recommended itinerary
- Where to eat in Reggio Calabria: the best restaurants
- What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Reggio Calabria
- Plan your stay in Reggio Calabria: info and useful tips
- User questions and comments
10 things to see in Reggio Calabria in a weekend
1 - Cathedral
The origins of Reggio Calabria Cathedral they date back to the beginning of the second millennium when, with the Norman invasion, it underwent a process of "Latinization". The liberty style, due to the latest restoration works carried out, 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.
- 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
- invernale: 7:00/12:15 - 15:30/19:00, estivo: 7:00/12:15 - 16:00/20:00
2 - Arena of the Strait
The Arena dello Stretto is a small amphitheater on the Lungomare Falcomatà, 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 it is a suitable point to admire the panorama, given by the magnificent Strait of Messina.
- on foot, given its position on the Lungomare Falcomatà - Get directions
- always accessible
3 - Church of the Ottimati
The Church of the Ottimati was completely destroyed by the earthquake of 1908. The reconstruction, however, was rapid, and affected 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 calamities of previous years.
- on foot along via Castello - Get directions
- Weekdays 8:15 - 11:00 / 17:30 - 20:15 (Thursdays from 18:30) - Holidays 10:00 - 11:30 / 18:30 - 21:15
4 - Aragonese Castle
Over the years, the Aragonese Castle 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. Even the fortress was 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.
- it is located in the historic center of the city, and can be reached by walking along go to the Castle - Get directions
- 08:30-13:30 - 15:30-18:30
- the entrance to the castle is free, while the one for the exhibitions is paid
5 - Piazza Garibaldi
As soon as you leave the Reggio Calabria station you enter Piazza Garibaldi, where the statue of the hero of the two worlds is located 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 Giuseppe Garibaldi still holds for the city of Reggio Calabria today.
- by train stop "Reggio Calabria". On foot, along the riverside - Get directions
- always accessible
6 - National Archaeological Museum
The National Archaeological Museum of Reggio Calabria was designed in the postwar period by Marcello Piacentini, drawing inspiration from the main European museums 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.
- 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 you will have to walk a little - Get directions
- 9 pm (CET)
- Full € 8,00, reduced € 5,00 for visitors aged 18 to 25
- Full-Day Reggio Calabria, Scilla and the Riace Bronzes
7 - Lungomare Falcomatà
Defined as the most beautiful kilometer in Italy, the Lungomare Falcomatà 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, with its back to the Strait object of the famous mirage, called the Fata Morgana effect. Everything was born of Celtic legends, who wanted the fairy used 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.
- the only way to better appreciate the peculiarities of what is called the "most beautiful kilometer in Italy" is on foot - Get directions
- always accessible
8 - Holy Mary Mother of Consolation at the Hermitage
Also known as Basilica of the Hermitage or Sanctuary of the Hermitage, is the place where the cart of the Mother of Consolation is kept, used to carry the statue in procession the second week of September to the Cathedral Basilica, where it remains until the last Sunday of November. Located 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, the work of Niccolò Andrea Caprioli, and numerous other important works, including some bronze panels.
- by car, Salerno-Reggio Calabria motorway, and then take the ss 106 ring road towards Taranto. By public transport, bus No. 7 - Get directions
- on weekdays from 07:00 to 12:00 and from 15:45 to 19:45. On public holidays from 07:45 to 12:00 and from 15:45 to 19:45
9 - Park of the Mondiality
The Mondiality 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 over five hectares, and is full of corners that favor relaxation, including numerous ponds. Inside the green area there are signs that explain 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, representing Islamic culture, a seven-branched candelabrum for the Jewish religion and a Pagoda for Asian cultures. In the center there is the grotto of the nativity.
- from Piazza Garibaldi take the Atam bus lines 107-109 for Diminniti or 119 for Gallico, which stop right near the Park - Get directions
- every day from 9: 00 to 18: 00
10 - Piazza Italia
Piazza Italia is also known as Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II and with various 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. Moreover, the square hosts six layers of archaeological excavations, which include: an ancient Roman pavement, walls, wells and cisterns from the Byzantine era, rooms from the Norman era probably intended for bronze work, buildings from the Angevin era, and the foundation of the base of the statue of Ferdinand of Bourbon which dates back to 1823.
- 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
- always accessible
What to see in Reggio Calabria in one day: recommended itinerary
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. The famous are kept here Bronzi di Riace, 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 on the Falcomatà 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 consisting 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 towards the neighbor Aragonese Castle, which with its two majestic towers is the undisputed symbol of the city. Hence, 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 is made up of barrel vaults, interrupted by arches at the pillars. In the square near the church there is the statue ofAngelo Tutelare, dating back to 1637, representing San Michele Arcangelo.
Sera: only one minute separates you from the place recommended for dinner, the Ragù Mediterranean Bistrot, where the typical cuisine of Reggio Calabria is served.
One day itinerary at a glance
- Breakfast: Bar Veneto 1976, via Vittorio Veneto, 71 - Get directions
- National archeologic museum: Hours: 9:00 - 20:00. Ticket: Full € 8,00, reduced € 5,00 for visitors aged 18 to 25
- Along the Falcomatà sea: always open
- 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
- Lunch: Antica Rosticceria del Corso, via Valentino Felice, 6 - Get directions
- Aragonese Castle: from Tuesday to Sunday 08: 30-13: 30, 15: 30-18: 30. Free admission except for exhibitions
- Corso Garibaldi: it is the main street of Reggio Calabria, where it is possible to stroll, shop and catch typical glimpses of city life
- Church of San Giorgio al Corso: from Mon to Fri from 9:00 to 19:00 - free admission
- Price: Ragù Mediterranean Bistrot, Via Fata Morgana, 22 - Get directions
Where to eat in Reggio Calabria: the best restaurants
- Ragù Mediterranean Bistrot: a small restaurant run by young people, the typical cuisine of Reggio Calabria is its strong point
Average price per person: from € 5,00 to € 20,00
Address and contacts: via Fata Morgana, 22 (Get directions) / tel: 3917450852
- Baylik restaurant: dishes mainly based on zero km fish
Average price per person: € 20,00 to € 40,00
Address and contacts: vico Leone, 1-3-5 (Get directions) / tel: 0965 48624
- The Butcher's Cellar: a place renowned for its meat and the great variety of wines on offer
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: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Reggio Calabria
The nightlife of Reggio Calabria is mainly based on the beaches that after sunset are transformed into places for the entertainment of especially young people, from aperitifs to disco music until late at night. There are also English pubs for those who want to limit themselves to a drink. Among the most popular clubs, those overlooking the Matteotti promenade and the Falcomatà promenade but also in via Garibaldi, you are really spoiled for choice.
The best pubs, clubs and discos
- Random Club: jazz and blues music club, with live entertainment
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
- 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 -
By car, from the north A3 motorway (Salerno-Reggio Calabria) from the south SS106 Jonica state road (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: Parking Cimitero di Condera is a free car park and is about 39 minutes from the center on foot - Get directions
- Hotel and b & b starting from € 27,00 per room -
- What to see in the surroundings: Scilla (22 km), Apsromonte National Park (26 km), Aeolian Islands (about 2 hours by ferry, about € 30,00 each way)