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A place to be discovered

The Metropolitan Area of Reggio Calabria, set between the two coastal fronts of the lower Ionian Sea on side, and the Tyrrhenian Sea on the other, has 97 municipalities: villages of great interest for both their historical and architectural features, and the wonderful landscapes that characterise them. It is an area at the centre of the Mediterranean whose history, not surprisingly, is strongly influenced by the different cultures of the people who have passed through here. In the heart of the metropolitan area of Reggio Calabria, between the approximately 220 kilometres of coastline that extends from Rosarno to Punta Stilo (Monasterace), lies the imposing Aspromonte massif that almost seems to retain the three main sides: the eastern Ionian south characterised by low coasts, and the southwestern and northwestern Tyrrhenian Sea, characterised by high frontal coasts. The territory, which hosts about 30% of the regional population with just under 60,000 inhabitants, presents profound contrasts to the landscape: sea and mountains together, key factors of the territory around which history, culture, and traditions are intertwined. Particularly rich is the naturalistic context that boasts a great variety of ecosystems and typical Mediterranean landscapes. It is a heritage that boasts examples such as the Costa Viola, the Riviera dei gelsomini, the Valley of Torbido, and the Valley of the Stilaro. On the Tyrrhenian side, the Piana di Gioia Tauro, is known for its port that ranks among the first places in the Mediterranean and in Italy for traffic intensity. The Ionian side responds with Locride, a typically rural area where traditional crops flourish and the Grecanica area (or Bovesia), located in the heart of the Amendolea valley. It is place with ancient roots in which some towns (specifically Bova, Gallicianò, Roghudi, and Roccaforte del Greco) pass on and still protect the use and knowledge of the Greek language.


Bagnara Calabra: green and blue

Located at the bottom of the cove surrounded by green hills that steeply plunge into the blue waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea, Bagnara Calabra has been covered by the waters of the Messina Strait since ancient times. Historical hypotheses define Bagnara and the nearby Palmi, the head of the ancient Por [...]

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Chianalea, a journey through time between myth, history, and traditions

Leaving behind Marina Grande and the purely seaside dimension that the enchanting Scilla beach is able to offer, you enter a completely different world. It can be immediately seen by taking a peep at the foot of the great cliff that houses the Ruffo Castle, in a position that totally dominates the s [...]

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Fiumara, the village’s charm suspended between the sea and mountains

Fiumara, a small village born following the arrival of communities that sought shelter from the continuous raids and looting by Saracen pirates from the coast, in the area occupied today by Villa San Giovanni towards the inland, was founded between the 9th and 10th centuries. After maintaining the d [...]

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Gioia Tauro: the port of the Mediterranean

Gioia Tauro, the main town in the plains with the same name, rises on the land embraced by the Tyrrhenian waters and the green of the chiana, as it is called by its inhabitants. Daughter of the archaic city of Methauros and destroyed countless times by pirates, conquerors, earthquakes, and floods, G [...]

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Palmi, the city of terraces

Built on an ingenious system of terraces that from the side of Mount Sant’Elia gently slope down the Tyrrhenian Sea, Palmi is one of the most vital cities of Costa Viola and the Tyrrhenian Reggino, rich in history and natural beauty. Already inhabited in the Bronze Age, as evidenced by the findings [...]

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The Area Grecanica

Bagaladi: At the foot of Aspromonte

Bagaladi is not only one of the two gates to the Aspromonte National Park, but also a small town with an extraordinary past. Starting with its name, which appears to be of Arabic-Greek origin, this village is the splendid fruit of the mixture of numerous cultures.

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