Reggio Calabria Wireless
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THU 23
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WED 22
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Suggested itinerary
Religious Itinerary

Religious Itinerary

A route through Reggio Calabria to discover the mystic, the history and spirituality and religion, to admire sacred locations, churches, monasteries and a real slice of richness found in the corners, roads and squares of the city.

Useful Information

Departure and arrival
Lungomare Falcomatà/Corso Matteotti.
Using public transport:
- Leaving from the Airport Tito Miniti;It is possible to use the taxis available outside the exit of the airport terminal or to use the public buses of the ATAM line, avaialble from the airport parking area and direct to the city centre.  The stop in via Del Torrione is near the moving pavement. The cost of the ticket is Euro 0,80 and it has a duration of 90 minutes.
- Leaving from the Central Railway Station;, in front of the central station there are numerous bus stops. An alternative would be to take the moving pavement which is reachable by taxi once out of the railway building, and also on foot as it is a short walk. 
- Leaving from the Port; from the Port it is possible to use the urban city bus to reach the centre of the city. The bus stop nearest to the moving pavement is in Corso Matteotti and can easily be reached on foot.  
By private transport:
- The Lungomare of Reggio is open to private transport. Parking is available at a costo of Euro 0,50 per hour, Euro 2,00 for four hours or Euro 4,00 for a full day. 
By moving pavement
- It is possible to reach Corso Garibaldi and the other higher parts of the city on foot or by using the moving pavement. The route of the moving pavement starts in via Giudecca, on the corner of Corso Matteotti and finishes in Via Reggio Campi which is the beginning of the religious route.

Morning

The Church of the Sacro Cuore and the Convent of the Visitazione
The journey in search of the sacred locations in the city starts in via Reggio Campi where, at the terminus of the moving pavement, you can admire the Church of the Sacred Cuore with its annex Convert of the Visitazione that houses the order of the Suore di Clausura.  Moving towars the right you find the “tre fontane” (three fountains), an area of recreation for citizens who stop to admire the view of the Straits, characterised by the sight of Via Giulia which is one of the “strade cannocchiale” (binocular streets) that from the centre of the upper part of the city you can see right down to the palms on the Lungomare. On the left you can observe Villa Nesci which is an interesting example of late liberty style architecture.

The Monestary and the Church of San Domenico
Following along Via Reggio Campi, after about 200 meters you find the Monestary and the Church of San Domenico, which was rebuild following the earthquake of 1908 which flattened the whole city. Built around a single nave, the church houses an interesting work by an unknown Neopolitan artist from the 17th century and a bass-releif and artistic windows by the artist Nik Spatari from Mammola.  From the entrance of the Church you can admire the Straits of Messina. Returning onto via Reggio Campi you soon reach a crossroads with via Vecchia Cimitero. Following this after about 150 meters you arrive at the Chiesa della Madonna dei Poveri al Trabocchetto, which is considered to be the oldest christian building of the city, commonly known as the Chiesa di Pepe, from the name of the person that resored it following the earthquake of 1783. Inside you can admire an 18th century oil painting showing the Madonna dei Poveri and two ancient windows near the altar. There are also many other interesting features including graffiti which show a Greek name and numerous designs. 

Church of San Paolo and the Park of the Rotonda
Returning onto via Reggio Campi and following on for another 300 meters you reach the Church of San Paolo which has a neoclassical façade showing romantic inspiration. On the entrance you find a statue of the saint while the three doors other than represent life show a series of biblical scenes on the themes of good and evil. The inside is rich with mosaics and works of art from the 17th and 18th century.  Adjacent to the church you can find the Piccolo Museum San Paolo that houses a wide selection of icons, objects, sacred furnishings and an art gallery. Born thanks to the passion of the parish priest Mons. Francesco Gangemi the museum is open to the public Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9.30am to 12.30pm and is free to enter.
Continuing your walk in the discovery of Reggio’s beauty, do not miss the Rotonda which offers another wonderful view over the city and the sea.
Under piazza della Rotonda you can find the park of the same name which extends for numerous hectares and reaches the neighborhood of S. Anna.  From the elegant architecture, including an amphitheatre, baths and water fountains, open and covered areas it offers visitors an oasis of green in the centre of the city.  

The Sanctury of the Volto Santo
Leaving from Parco della Rotonda, and walking for about 400 meters towards the mountains you enter into via Andiloro where you find the Sanctury of the Volto Santo that houses the tomb of San Gaetano Catanoso (1879-1963), founder of the congregation of the Sisters Veroniche del Volto Santo and the annex convent.
In this sacred place you can visit, the bedroom and the office containing written documents and personal objects belonging to Reggio’s Saint.

Afternoon

The cathedral
After a lunch of traditional disse in one of the typical restauransts in the city the route re-starts with a visit to the Cathedral. Open from 7am until 12pm and from 3.45pm to 7pm the catherdral is found in Piazza Duomo which is sided by via Crocefisso. The basilica in Reggio presents architecture well in tune with the Mediterranean location, both in its form and the colours chosen and the neo romantic style of its façade and gothic internal fittings.The origins of the cathedral, considered the largest in Calabria, go back to the foundation of the Church by San Paolo who visited Reggio during a journey as a prisoner on route to Rome in 56 AD. On this occasion he converted the city population to Christianity. On the steps of the Duomo you find the monumental statue of S.Paolo and S. Stefano da Nicea which were both sculpted by Francesco Jerace. Inside, the three naves, house many important elements among which the Chapel of the Sacramento, created in 1539 by the archbishop Agostino Gorzaga, one of the few examples of baroque art in the Calabrian region. All covered in marble blocks, called “mischi” and on the wall an altar in polychrome marble surrounded by columns of valuable black porfido. The higher part has a 17th century painting (1665) by the artist Domenico Maroli of Messina which shows the Sacrifice of Melchisedech. You can also see the pergamo monumentale, an original creation by Francesco Jerace erected by cardinal Gennaro Portanova, saved from the 1908 earthquake. Inside the Duomo 17th century tombs and the remains of San Paolo column are housed which both attest to the importance of his visit to the city.

Church of the Ottimati
Leaving the Duomo by the side door you find yourself on via Crocefisso. Turn left into via Cimino and after 200 meters you will find yourself at the Chiesa degli Ottimati (or of Santa Maria Annunziata). A real architectural jewel, of byzantine origin, built by the community of Jesuits and open to the public from 7.30am to 11.30am and from 5.30pm to 8.15pm. Of particular artistic importance the altar accessories which represents the Annunciazione, work of Agostino Ciampelli. The floors are mosaic and in part come from the Norman basilica of Terreti. In the temple, coats of arms from the Altavilla and of the Borboni along with the noble Reggio families of Filocamo and Griso. Near to the Chiesa degli Ottimati you find the Castello Aragonese, location of art exhibitions surrounded by the piazza equiped with benches and walks. Leaving piazza Castello and following on via Bernardino Telesio you arrive at the staircase of Piazza Camagna, where Corso Garibaldi, the commercial heart of the city is located, and where you can taste ice-creams, ice granite and other sweet specialities from Reggio.  On the Corso you will also find many important buildings (Palazzo Foti, Palazzo San Giorgio, Palazzo della Prefettura), and the Teatro Comunale Francesco Cilea and the Pinacoteca Civica, a location where you can see many marvelous works of art gathered together in one place which until now has been neglected.

The Church of San Giorgio al Corso and the Statue of the Angelo Tutelare
Continuing on along Corso Garibaldi for another 100 meters you find yourself in front of the Chiesa di San Giorgio al Corso dedicated to the patron of the city. The first church dedicated to the saint was destroyed during the earthquake of 1908. Rebuilt in the area of the old orphanage by the architect Camillo Autore, it was inaugurated on the 26th of March 1935 by Monsignor Pujia in the presence of the Prince of Savoia. It was also called the Tempio della Vittoria, by the parish priest Demetrio Moscato, who later became the archbishop of Salerno, who proposed to honour the new Church in the memory of those who died during the first world war. The building is presented with a classical facade where a monumental entrance dominates, over which you can see an artistic window showing San Giorgio killing the dragon. On the entrance doors in bass-relief you can see moments from the first world war and the names of the locations where the most important battles were fought (Monte Negro, Carso, Bligny, Montello, Isonzo, Bainsizza, Monte Grappa, Piave). The layout of the church is that of a Latin cross with a single nave and sided with chapels. In the centre there is a dome which reaches 32 meters. The ceiling is vaulted and you can observe mosaics showing Christ sitting among six angels and lower down the figure of San Giorgio with the four evangelists
In the square in front of the entrance you can see the Statua dell’Angelo Tutelare, a 17th century work of great artistic value which symbolizes a warrior with a sheild in hand showing bearing an efergy of San Giorgio.  Inside the courtyard, the remains of the Chiesa Abbaziale di San Giovanni d’Acoliva have been discovered, bearing the name of the female convent of the Benedictine order dating back to the 12th century.

Catholic Church of San Giuseppe
Leaving the Tempio della Vittoria, and passing the moving pavement for another 100 meters you reach the Chiesa Cattolica di San Giuseppe where the religious itinerary finishes.
The building, designed by R. Pedace in gothic Italian style, already existed in 1598, but was destroyed twice in the 1783 and 1908 earthquakes. From the original building an altar picture has been maintained which shows the Madonna della Vittoria and the city of Reggio Calabria. Inside the church you can see a canvas of S. Filippo Neri and two paintings of the Madonna Assunta.

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