Reggio Calabria Wireless
How to arrive
FRI 24
THU 23
WED 22
Suggested itinerary
Itinerary Sun and Sea

Itinerary Sun and Sea

The fascination of the memory and of the new. A journey along the Lungomare of Reggio Calabria looking for the historical and modern treasures of the city of the Bronzes and of the Fata Morgana. Immersed in one of the most suggestive places on earth surrounded by ancient trees, the crystal sea, the white sands and in the background Sicily and Etna, so close it would seem you could touch them.

Useful Information

Departure and Arrival:
Lungomare Falcomatà/Piazza Indipendenza.
With public transport:
- Leaving from the airport of Tito Minniti: you can use the taxi service available as you exit the airport or one of the city buses of the ATAM line which park outside the terminal and go into the centre of the city. The ticket costs Euro 0,80 and lasts for 90 minutes. The bus stop is in front of the museum and from here follow on until you reach via D. Romeo where we start our tour.
- Leaving from the Central Railway Station: in piazza Garibaldi, in front of the station you can find the terminus of the buses. In alternative, Piazza Indipendenza is reachable from one stop of the train (Stazione Centrale – Stazione Lido) or by taxi from outside the station.
- Leaving from the Port: from the port you can use the city buses direct into the city centre. The bus stop is in front of the museum, but in alternative piazza Independenza is easily reachable on foot.
By private transport:
- The lungomare of Reggio is open to private transport and parking is available at the cost of Euro 0,50 per hour, Euro 2,00 for four hours or Euro 4,00 for a full day. 


Piazza Indipendenza
The tour starts at 9.30am in Piazza Indipendenza, in the centre of the city. Exactly in front of the Stazione Lido, the square, famous for having had an old monumental mountain, during the summer period becomes an important stage for concerts given by important Italian and International artists.
From here we can admire the first work of art of the Lungomare, hidden among the palms, dedicated to one of the most important sons of Reggio Calabria, ‘Corrado Alvaro’, created by Alessandro Monteleone (1965), which consists of a bust of the writer and of three marble cubes, on which phrases and thoughts from his most important works are sculpted.
Continuing to walk along the Lungomare Falcomatà (also known as the via Marina bassa), you can glimpse the line of palms of the Viale Genovese Zerbi. On the white sand the highly coloured lidos can be seen which during the summer season by day allow visitors to relax under the sun on comfortable sun beds after a refreshing swim, taste a cocktail, participate in one of the happy hours or do water sports while, by night, the area becomes filled with parties, shows, performances and music for every taste.
After a brief stop in the historical ice-cream kiosk to taste the typical brioches con gelato artigianale (sweet bread with artisan ice-cream), you embark once again on the discovery of the history of the city two steps from the sea.

Hellenistic Tomb and Torre Nervi
Following along ‘il più bel chilometro d’Italia’ (the most beautiful kilometer of Italy) as it was defined by Gabriele D’Annunzio, it is possible to reconstruct almost three thousand years of Reggio Calabria through the statues and monuments from the Greek era to the modern day.
A few steps from the monument to Corrado Alvaro you reach in fact the Hellenistic Tombs constructed with sandstone blocks which were part of the necropolis of the Santa Lucia neighborhood and were discovered while building work was under way on the National Museum.
Continuing on you can stop a moment in front of the Stele ad Ibico reggino, a marble tablet on which, to one side, shows a muse with a balance in her hands and on the other the text of “cantore dell’amore” as defined by Cicerone who lived in what is now Reggio in the 6th century BC.
From Stele in 2 minutes you reach the Piazza Rosa dei Venti, where you can see the pyramid monument of the Meridiana.
Slightly further on, you arrive at Torre Nervi, a panoramic terrace which leading from the Lido Comunale Zerbi curves towards the sea like the old Rotonda, from which it is possible to admire the rare beauty of the Straits while following the many artistic and cultural events which it hosts or perhaps even the suggestive spectacle of the Fata Morgana, a rare mythological phenomenon during which the Sicilian Coast seems extremely close and you are able to distinguish the houses and even people.

Villa Zerbi e Arena dello Stretto
Continuing our walk towards corso Matteotti (also known as the via Marina alta) you reach the Stele a Giovanni Pascoli, on which are written verses by the poet which expressed his love for the city: “This sea is full of voices and this sky is full of visions”.
A few meters further ahead you find the statue of Francesco Sofia Alessio, a monument erected in the honour of the Latin scholar from Taurianova (RC). This is composed on a marble base with Latin inscriptions on the principle face and on top of which there is a sculpture in relief by A. Monteleone. After a brief walk you arrive at the fascinating Villa Zerbi, built to substitute the previous 19th century Villa destroyed by the earthquake of 1908. The noble residence, which is a magnificent example of neo-gothic venetian style, now hosts important National and International exhibitions such as that of the Biennale di Venezia.
In front of Villa Zerbi, surrounded by the hedges and age-old trees of the Lungomare, the three original statues by the well known Roman artist Rabarama contribute to enriching the cultural importance of the city of Reggio Calabria: Trans-Lettera (in bronze, 2000), Labirintite (in bronze, 2000) and Co-stell-azione (in alluminum, 2002).
Reaching the mid-point of our walk along the Lungomare Falcomatà we cannot help but remain attracted to the splendor of the views and the Arena dello Stretto, Greek amphitheatre on the mirror like stretch of water cumulates with the bronze statue of Athena Promacos, located exactly on the Molo di Porto Salvo, where Vittorio Emanuele III landed for the first time on Italian soil as king. During the summer, in a triumph of crowds and colour, the arena is one of the focal points of the Estate Reggina (summer events programme).

Mura Greche e Terme Romane
Returning back towards the Via Marina Alta you can stop to admire the Le Sirene dello Stretto,
an impotent sculpture created by the artist Ermonde Leone from the trunk of an age-old magnolia tree. Almost at the end of the Lungomare, after about ten minutes walk, you emerge, with a jump to the past, inside the ancient city walls of Reggio, an example of the importance of old Reggio (Rhegion) in the Greek age.  The archaeological site where the Mura Greche (Greek walls) can be seen, dates back to the 4th century BC probably were part of the fortifications built by Dionisio II who rebuilt the city calling it Febea (the city of the sun). City walls built in a double curtain with blocks of sandstone in parallel positions with an internal filler between the two walls of soil and stones and with the external part of the walls covered in brick.
Slightly further ahead, after a brief stop at the monument dedicated to the Latin scholar Diego Vitrioli, for the realization of which an ancient city column was used, we reach the final part of the Lungomare where we find the archaeological site of the Terme Romane (Roman Baths), a part of which are well conserved and represent one of the eight Roman bath structures present in the city during the Roman era. They were most probably part of a private residence during the mid imperial age and the baths were found within the city walls near to the sacred “Apsia” (the actual Calopinace river today) from which the water was supplied. Inside the structure there were different areas and it is still possible today to admire the finishings in black and white, the “fridarium” (cold water bath), the “calidarium” (hot water bath) and the “gymnasion” (gymnasium) with doors and structures which conserve many of the original columns partly used in nearby buildings and others found in the sea.

Villa Comunale Umberto I e Piazza Garibaldi
The morning tour along the seafront is wonderful in every period of the year and at the end of which you arrive at the entrance of the Villa comunale Umberto I.
This area represents one of the “lungs” of the city where you can find rare vegetation and exotic plants of great natural importance. This park is considered by many experts to be a real botanical garden with examples of both tropical and equatorial fauna. Inside its walls you can admire important artistic works such as: busts in bronze and marble of National patriots and the neoclassical Portale di Casa Vitrioli (16th century), one of the only parts of ancient Reggio saved following the terrible earthquake of 1908, created in Lazzaro stone and belonging to the palace of the well known Latin scholar Vitrioli. The green areas, characterised by hidden pathways, like the Viale delle Colonne, so called due to the presence of many ancient Roman columns, that crosses a large garden in front of the entrance to the Casa Vitrioli right up to the Laghetto dei Cigni (Small Swan Lake). All of which gives the Villa a particular atmosphere, almost surreal. In the summer period the area becomes as well as a site for cultural events an open-air cinema and theatre.
The conclusion of the Lungomare is reached at the Stazione centrale, which is an example of fascist architecture, the main facade of which faces Piazza Garibaldi, the last visit of the morning, where you can see the Carrara marble monument dedicated to Garibaldi “the hero of two worlds” by A. Monteleone.


Corso Garibaldi e Cattedrale
Following a tasty lunch break in one of the many typical restaurants in the city the tour starts again along the principle commercial street of the city: Corso Garibaldi. Rebuilt following the earthquake of 1908 the Corso is both the most important commercial street in the city but also the location of some of the best examples of Liberty architecture following the re-construction.
After about a 20 minute walk from the station you reach one of the most important buildings in Reggio: the Duomo which, after been rebuilt several times can now be seen in its Romantic Gothic splendor. The building, with its basilica layout based on three naves, houses notable works of art such as the marble and bass-relief face of Christ by F. Jerace, and the altar with its bronze reliefs which show scenes from the old and new testaments.   In the Transept we can see a fragment of a column which is connected to the presence of S. Paolo in Reggio, tank to who the Reggio Church was founded. The main view is characterized by three bronze entrances, reachable by a stairway on which you can see statues of San Paolo and Santo Stefano da Nicea.

Piazza Camagna e Piazza Italia
Continuing on along Corso Garibaldi you reach Piazza Camagna, dedicated to the politician of the same name, who is immortalized by the statue, work of the sculptor D. Pellegrino, which you find located in the centre of the monumental staircase.
After a short walk you reach what over the centuries and still today represents the centre of the political and administrative life of the city:  Piazza Italia, so called due to the presence of the monument to Italy by R. Larussa dedicated to the martyrs of the Risorgimento.
Currently the piazza is shrouded due to the discovery of important archeological remains from numerous historical periods (Greek, Roman and Anjou).
Palazzo San Giorgio, the council chambers, faces the square along with the Palazzo della Prefettura e Palazzo Foti, provincial headquarters, inside which you can see many busts by the artist F. Jerace and finely decorated rooms, such as the Sala Rossa, where you can see the Fata Morgana by Galante.

Teatro Cilea e Museo Nazionale della Magna Grecia
Right next to piazza Italia you find the Teatro Comunale “Francesco Cilea”, whose construction is a typical horseshoe design used in Italy during the 19th century. Inside it is possible to enter the foyer where you can see numerous works of art.
Next to the principle entrance to the theatre you will find the Art Gallery which was inaugurated in May 2008 by the president of the house, Gianfranco Fini, in the presence of personalities from the artistic world and international journalists. The restructuring of the building to serve its new purpose now allows visitors to view, in a refined and elegant environment, the collection of works donated by private collectors, famous personalities, noble families from the city and many publically owned works previously housed in the National Museum, council buildings and other galleries around the city.  Worth mentioning are two precious works by Antonello da Messina and the master Mattia Preti.
Numerous paintings and sculptures complete the collection allowing the visitor a real image of the pictorial art of southern Italy: from woks by: Antonello da Messina and  Mattia Preti to those by Luca Giordano, Lavagna Fieschi, Salfi, Jerace, Rodriguez, Covelli, up to well know local artists such as Cannizzaro e Benassai.
In the section dedicated to the 20th century it is worth noting the work by Renato Guttuso ‘Pesca del pescespada’ (Swordfish Fishermen) dedicated to the fishermen of Scilla.
The gallery is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 9.30am until 12.30pm and then from 4.30p to 7.30pm. The entrance fee is Euro 4,00 for adults and Euro 2,00 for concessions.
Once you have concluded your art and culture visit you should take a break for a tasty ice-cream, refreshing ice granita or one of the typical sweets offered by the numerous bars and cafés in the area or in alternative take advantage of the many shops to buy some souvenirs or do some shopping.
The tour concludes with a visit to the Museo Nazionale della Magna Grecia, located about ten minutes from the Cilea theatre.
The museum is divided into various sections which offer an admirable collection of archeological treasures; anforas, terracotta vases, funeral accessories, tablets, all of which with great artistic and cultural importance. What capture attention most however are the famous statues: Bronzi di Riace, two Greek warriors created using the method of direct wax application, the Testa del Filosofo (philosophers head) and the bronze head called Basilea which dates back to the 5th century BC.

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