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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
In a strategic position between the slopes of Aspromonte and the Strait of Messina, the castle of Calanna dominates the entire Vallata del Gallico, in the southern part of the city. It is assumed that the castle stands on a pre-existing Byzantine fortress, although studies exist that attest to a hum [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]