Reggio Calabria Wireless
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FRI 24
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THU 23
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WED 22
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Shopping

Shopping Itinerary

A route which takes you along the main shopping street of Corso Garibaldi and the roads which intersect it in a grid pattern. A real sight to see the centre of the city with its constant movement and mix of shops where you can find high fashion, artisan products and souvenir shops, but also historic shops, bars and cafés where you can try many of the city’s specialties.

Useful Information
Departure and Arrival:
Piazza De Nava/Piazza Garibaldi.
By public transport:
- Leaving from the Airport Tito Minniti: It is possible to use the taxi service available immediately outside the terminal of the airport or in alternative take one of the city buses which reach the city centre on the urban line ATAM. The ticket costs Euro 0,80 for 90 minutes. The bus stop is in front of the museum, in piazza De Nava, from which we will start our tour.
- Leaving from the Central Railway Station:  In piazza Garibaldi, in front of the railway station, you will find the bus terminus. In alternative Piazza De Nava is reachable by one stop of the train (Central Station to Stazione Lido), then following on foot along a short part of via D. Romeo, or by taxi from the station direct.
- Leaving from the Port: from the port it is possible to use the urban city line buses to reach the centre of the city. The bus stop is infront of the Museum but the piazza is also easily reachable on foot.
By private transport:
- It is possible to reach the historical centre by private transport, using the car parks available in the Lungomare area, the Lido Comunale or the parallel road, then following on foot to Corso Garibaldi which is a pedestrian area.  Parking charges are Euro 0,50 per hour, Euro 2,00 for four hours and Euro 4,00 for a full day.

Morning

Piazza De Nava e Museo Nazionale della Magna Grecia
The tour to discover the commercial soul of the city starts in Piazza De Nava, in which you can see the statue of Giuseppe De Nava, Jurist, minister of Italy from 1916-21 and defender of the rights of men. Between the base and the statue itself, by F. Jerace (1936) you can see two coats of arms, one of which shows S. Giorgio on horseback killing the dragon. On the sides, instead, you can find a monumental fountain.
The Museo Nazionale della Magna Grecia faces the square, and is one of the most important archaeological museums in Italy. Found inside Palazzo Piacentini, it houses artefacts recovered following more than one hundred years of excavations in the region, and through which it is possible to re-live the history of the city. Opened to the public in 1954, the Museum is an authentic treasure chest which never fails to impress, gathering together numerous artefacts from the great civilizations which our land continues to give us. Consider almost a full morning to visit the whole museum.
Other than the Bronzi di Riace, the two Greek warriors found in the Ionic sea near Riace on the 16th of August 1972, which with their 2500 years continue to hold the position of greatest importance in the museum and certainly be held to be one of the most important marine discoveries of the last century, there are a wealth of other artefacts of great artistic and historical importance subdivided by historical period.
Prehistoric and Prohistoric, numismatics, under water archaeology: each room is a window on the past and each artefact recovered a jewel recovered to remember. Among the most important to mention are; the Graffito from the Palaeolithic era, showing an ox, found in the grotto of Romito di Papasidero (CS), funeral accessories from the bronze age found in Calanna, the Pinakes, religious tablets in terracotta, with inscriptions in bass-relief, found in the rich archaeological area of Locri Epizephiri; the impotent Gruppo dei Dioscuri, from the Sanctuary of Marasà in Locri, the Testa del Filosofo (Philosophers head), a magnificent bronze dating back probably to the 5th century BC and found in the zone of Porticello (RC), and the marble head of Dio Apollo, found in the ancient Krimisa, today known as Ciro Marina. Also the museum library, with over ten thousand volumes, a photographic studio and a restoration suite are a reserve of great works from the past.

Palazzo Corigliano e Teatro Siracusa
Leaving the Museum, we start our real tour on Corso Garibaldi, commercial artery and symbol of the society of the city where strolling, meeting friends in bars and typical cafés, admiring the window displays and simply enjoying the atmosphere and being surrounded by history and art is the order of the day.  Given the name after Giuseppe Garibaldi in August 1861, after the conquest of the city, in the following years it grew towards the south, beyond the Villa Comunale to the central station and towards the north to reach viale Amendola. Recently made pedestrian the new furnishings, elegant shops and open spaces have made it the real  ‘salotto’ (lounge) of the city.
Walking from north to south along the Corso you come across Palazzo Corigliano. This building, home to an elegant shop, was seriously damaged in a fire at the end of the 1970s but has been recently restored and this restoration has brought it back to being one of the most important liberty style buildings in the city. After a few meters, on your right, you can admire the Teatro Siracusa, another significant example of liberty style in Reggio. Finished in 1925 and characterised by a sober balance between structure, decoration and form. The internal decoration is enriched by bass-reliefs by the sculptor Ezio Roscitano. Not to be missed are c.d. ‘strade cannocchiale’ (binocular streets) that intersect the Corso Garibaldi that give wonderful views. A lunch break in one of the numerous restaurants along Corso Garibaldi and some shopping will help you catch your breath before we start our afternoon tour. 

Afternoon

Tempio della vittoria e Statua dell’Angelo Tutelare
Our tour starts again, 300m further south, with the Church of San Giorgio al Corso, also known as Tempio della Vittoria, in honour of those killed in the First World War. The previous church was destroyed by the 1908 earthquake and the new building was inaugurated in 1935 in the presence of the Prince of Savoia. The building is presented in a simple, but impotent form, with a classical facade where a monumental entrance dominates, overlooked by an artistic window which shows an image of S. Giorgio killing the dragon.
In the piazza in front of the Church we can find the statue of the Angelo Tutelare (Angel Protector). An important monument, of great artistic and historical value, in white marble, which shows San Michele Arcangelo and is one of the few 17th century monuments remaining in the city.
On the left of the piazza you find Palazzo Mazzitelli, whose main entrance is on via Fata Morgana, a liberty style building characterized by the presence of columns, balconies with wrought iron and decorations in bass-relief.

Teatro ‘F. Cilea’ e Pinacoteca Civica
Following on we reach the majestic Teatro Comunale ‘Francesco Cilea’, dedicated to the Calabrian composer.  The structure, which has hosted artists as prestigious as Maria Callas, is presented in an elegant and refined style with furnishings in a classical and sober style. The façade is formed by a central body which is forward placed and the ground floor is reached by means of a central staircase and by two lateral ramps.  From the entrance you move into the atrium area which is constructed on two levels characterized by refined marble covered columns. The theatre has recently been restored and it has been finally given back to the city after more than ten years of closure.
Since 2008, some of the rooms in the building house the new Civic Art Gallery which, tank to many of the exhibits on show, brings to light many artistic treasures until now neglected. The construction of the gallery and the refined finishing used has created a wonderful space, perfectly adapted to admire the works exhibited from private collections, many of which held for years in the National Museum or other public buildings.  A visit to the Civic Art Gallery means taking a journey through the art of southern Italy: from famous works by Antonello da Messina to those of Luca Giordano, Lavagna Fieschi, Salfi, Jerace, Rodriguez, Covelli,  to the well known local artists Cannizzaro e Benassai. In the section dedicated to the 20th century there is a wonderful painting by Renato Guttuso dedicated to the swordfish fishermen. Opening hours are from 9.30am to 12.30pm and 4.30pm to 5.30pm Tuesday to Sunday. The entrance fee is E 4,00 for adults and E 2,00 for concessions.

Piazza Italia e i Palazzi
In front of the Comunal Theatre we find Palazzo San Giorgio, the local council offices. The building was finished in 1921 following a design by the architect Ernesto Basile from Palermo, an architect of great international fame for his liberty buildings. The official inauguration did not however take place until the 27th of April 1922 in the presence of King Vittorio Emanuele III.   The architectural layout is presented on two floors with an almost square floor plan, divided into two parts, connected by a gallery which opens onto Corso Garibaldi and Via Miraglia. The first floor is characterized by rooms decorated in rich liberty style (the sala dei lampadari, the Mayor’s study, the Council Chambers etc). The main facade is raised from a basement level with arched windows and surrounds. The external finishing of the building is rustication on the lower floors and smooth arches above with an ample cornice with balustrades. The main entrance, from Piazza Italia, is at the centre of the architectural axis and is represented by an advanced structure similar in shape to a tower with a balcony and a clock tower, bell and ornamental decoration. Inside the building important art works can be seen from southern Italian artists from the 19th and early 20th century.
Piazza Italia, previously named after King Vittorio Emanuele, was re-named by the public due to the presence of the Monumento all’Italia, in white Carrara marble, which the sculptor Rocco Larussa created in 1868. The square was the centre of the city in Greek and Roman times and the l’antica Agorà, with its temples, baths, and buildings in which remains are still visible is still today a site under excavation for the recovery of what has been defined as a “city under a city”.
Other than Palazzo San Giorgio, also the Palazzo della Provincia and the Palazzo del Governo face onto piazza Italia. The first was designed by Gaetano Spinelli and Camillo Autore in 1920. A wonderful staircase, with a Roman era feel, recently restored takes you to the upper levels. You reach the entrance where you can see works by the sculptors Panetta and Jerace. The Council Chambers has a grand marble sphere with inscriptions by Alessandro Monteleone, which shows important moments in the history of Reggio. The sacrifice of the martyrs of Gerace, the landing of Garibaldi, the defence of the city of Reggio.  Two large mosaics by A. Mori show the miracles of S. Paolo and the participation of noble citizens of Reggio in the crusades. The office of the President houses a large painting by Giuseppe Benassai called “the grain harvest” (1869), while, on the ceiling of the elegant “Red lounge” a large painting showing the phenomenon of the Fata Morgana by Galante is displayed.
The Palazzo del Governo, home to the Prefect, was the first building to be built following new regulations against earthquakes in Reggio Calabria. It was designed and built by the architect Gino Zani in 1921.  Perfectly in tune with the environment the ample entrances, narrow gardens, openings in wrought iron, bright and sunny environments which are articulated over two building structures on different levels which follow the gradients of the land.   The main facade is dominated by its central entrance, in wrought iron, richly decorated and overlooked by an ample balcony with a decorated cornice using floral and geometric shapes. The balustrade is enriched by two couples of statues that use the full height of the space available.  On the front walls and along the side walls there are a series of decorations which re-propose the stylized forms seen in the central part of the building. Inside a formal staircase and frescos in the lounge, in particular “La ricostruzione” by Andrea Alfano.

Castello Aragonese e Cattedrale
Following on a further 200 meters you arrive at Piazza Camagna, from which climbing the monumental staircase you reach the Castello Aragonese, which is one of the symbols of Reggio Calabria. Of what was once a large castle all that remains are two towers and the area that connects them. The previous re-building was ordered by Ferdinando D’Aragona in 1458. It is sure that the castle was already in existence in the 4th – 5th century AD but unfortunately due to the rebuilding of the city following the earthquake of 1908 much of the fortress was demolished. Today, following its recent restructuring which has also seen the surround area refinished, the castle is now being used as the home for art exhibitions and cultural events.
In the area you can also visit the Chiesa degli Ottimati, the only religious building in Arab-Norman style in the city. It is enough to enter into this wonderful church, to breath the mystic feel that reaches you from the orient. The church originally had a square plan, three abisides hidden by a straight-line wall. The three naves were covered by five small domes in byzantine style according to a byzantine model applied to building dating from the end of the 10th century through to the 11th century. A good example of this is the Cattolica of Stilo. In the church today you can see ancient mosaics from the original building and a painting of the “Annunciazione” which dates back to 1597. 
Proceeding along via Cimino, towards south, you find yourself to the side of the Cathedral of Reggio Calabria, whose main entrance is located in the principle square. The structure is presented without a clearly marked architectural style but certainly represents the Mediterranean and therefore the sun of the city, both for the form and the colours used. Similar to a Romanesque Revival style both in the facade and the gothic influenced internal elements. The cathedral was built out of the ruins of the previous Duomo, which had been in existence since 1453, but which was destroyed during the earthquake of 1908. The resulting building is the largest of its kind in Calabria.
Leaving the Duomo and crossing the square we return onto Corso Garibaldi where you can take a short break among the prestigious shops, ice-cream sellers and cafes before starting the final part of our tour.

Villa Comunale e Piazza Garibaldi
Continuing on from Piazza Duomo, after about 200m you reach the Villa Comunale ‘Umberto I’, which was inaugurated in 1896, but whose original plan was altered by the earthquake in 1908. Here Mediterranean vegetation lives alongside rare plants from around the world and for this reason it is considered by experts to be a real botanical garden.. La Villa is a place of nature but also a place of memories.  Walking through the tree lined paths you come across the busts of Umberto I by C. Barca (1907); the patriot Antonino Plutino by G. Scerbo (1872) and of other important citizens of Reggio among which Paolo Pellicano and Domenico Tripepi. In the same place you can also see the Portale neoclassico di Casa Vitrioli (19th century) and a 6 meter high Roman column made of Siracusa stone. The walk finishes with Piazza Garibaldi, the last stop located about a hundred meters further south. At the centre of the square there is a large monument to the hero of the two worlds in white Carrara marble which was created by Alessandro Monteleone in 1950. The square is also well know due to the presence of the Central Railway Station and for the presence of numerous shops and places to eat and drink. To return to Piazza De Nava, it is possible to use the urban city buses or alternatively have a pleasant walk along the splendid Lungomare.  

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