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Castles and fortifications

The beating heart of the city.

The defence of a geography that was problematic in times of invasions, the Castles and Fortifications of Reggio Calabria are today the symbol of a city that is “fully-grown” thanks to its walls. Crossroads and mark of many cultures, with stunning views and venues – such as the Aragonese Castle or the Castle of the Amendolea – the Castles and the forts are today of great importance for tourism and the cultural growth of the Reggina population. Centuries of history, that portray a city in all its beauty: the castles still defend the inhabitants who live outside them.

Castle of Stilo

Protecting Stilo

Of Norman origin and with a breath-taking view, the Castello di Stilo (“Castle of Stilo”) is a fortress with all the trappings. Its purpose was to protect an already restless city in itself and all surrounding region from the various incursions that followed one another over the centuries. You can g [...]

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The Aragonese Castle

The Argonese Castle

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 [...]

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The Amendolea Castle

The Castle of Amendolea

Although almost everything has now been destroyed, the Castello dell’Amendolea (the “Amendolea Castle,”) also called Ruffo Di Amendolea, is one of the greatest Greek symbols of the province of Reggio Calabria. The victim of numerous saracenraids , complex restorations, and much more, the castle appe [...]

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Castle of Roccella Jonica

The elegance of the Roccella Ionica Castle

An impregnable fortress even by the Turks of Dragaut Pasha, the Castello di Roccella Jonica (“Castle of Roccella Jonica”), built by the Swabians in the 13th century, is one of the most important defence points in Calabria overlooking the sea. In 1700, it was restored by the Carafa family, thus becom [...]

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Castle of Sant'Aniceto - Motta San Giovanni

The incredible fortress with an exclusive view

Built in Byzantine times to avoid Saracen raids, the Castle of Motta S. Aniceto is a fortress that protects the entire Calabrian territory. Located on a small mountain with steep slopes, it can also be reached on foot, by venturing into the Mediterranean scrub with its intense scent of prickly pear [...]

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The Castle of S.Giorgio Morgeto

The millenia-old history of S.Giorgio Morgeto Castle

The Castle is at the centre of the ancient village of San Giorgio Morgeto, in a magnificent natural setting such as that of the Aspromonte National Park. Today, it is still the dominant point in the plains of Gioia Tauro. From Sant'Elia to Capo Vaticano, with Stromboli and the Aeolian Islands in the [...]

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