Reggio Calabria is a thriving commune located on the west coast of the Calabria region of southern Italy. This city is one of the southernmost regions of Italy and lies directly opposite the eastern coast of the island of Sicily in close proximity to the busy port of Messina. With a population of over 200,000, Reggio Calabria and the surrounding metropolitan area is the third largest in this region of Italy and is also one of the main economic centres of the country. The main economy of the city surrounds its port and coastal transport and Reggio serves as a major link to Naples, Taranto and Messina.
This region of Italy as seen some form of inhabitation since the 3rd Millennium BC from civilizations such as the Trojans, Mycenaean’s and Phoenicians; it is considered one of the oldest Greek colonies of Southern Italy. In later years, Reggio was ruled by the Sicilian Vespers and the Habsburgs and eventually became part of unified Italy. Today, Reggio is a pleasant and charming coastal resort with a great deal to offer – You will find a fantastic mix of historic architecture such as the Castello Argonese, modern leisure facilities such as the Lungomare Falcomata, and fine restaurants and gelaterias.
Lets explore the best things to do in Reggio Calabria:
1. Castello Aragonese
This fantastic castle has stood as the cities main form of defence for hundreds of years and was originally created in the early Middle Ages.
As Reggio was such an important city during previous ages, the castle was always maintained and fortified.
Today the castle remains in fantastic condition and it is possible to climb to the battlements and walk along the defensive towers.
Located in the centre of Reggio Calabria, the castle is one of the main icons of the city and due to the relative low-rise buildings, can be seen virtually anywhere in the surrounding vicinity.