The Argonese Castle

The fortress symbol of the city


Together with the Riace Bronzes and the National Archaeological Museum, the Aragonese Castle is considered one of the city’s emblems. Despite being defined as “Aragonese,” its foundation actually dates back to the Byzantine period, between the 9th and 11th centuries, when Reggio became the Theme of Calabria capital.

The Aragonese Castle

A millenary history

A strategic defence point for the city, the fortress was dominated over the centuries by the Byzantines, Normans, Swabians, and Angevins, who from time to time made some changes. It was during the Spanish era, however, under the orders of King Ferdinand I of Aragon, that the structure underwent radical changes with the addition of two impressive crenelated circular towers, which gives it its current appearance and the name “Aragonese.”


The crenelated towers of the Aragonese Castle, given their historical and artistic value, were designated as “National Monuments” in 1897.

A suggestive location

After a series of renovations and the redevelopment of the surrounding sites (Piazza Castello and Via Aschenez), the Aragonese Castle is now home to temporary exhibitions and cultural events.




Opening days and hours

Due to the Covid-19 emergency, all visits are temporarily suspended.

From Tuesday to Sunday

8.30-13.00 / 14:30-18:00

From 15th June to 15th Septembere

From Tuesday to Saturday

9:00-13:00 / 14:00-19:00



Full: € 2,00

Reduced (residents): € 1,00



Tel.(+39) 0965 362 2183


Castello Aragonese

Piazza Castello, 89100
Reggio Calabria


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