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  • Writer's pictureSu Guillory

Reggio Calabria: A Glimpse into Greek and Roman History

Reggio Calabria, located at the southern tip of Italy, boasts a rich historical background, particularly influenced by its Greek heritage.

It's also a lovely city to wander around in. With pocket parks, giant, shady trees, and a breathtaking seaview, a few days in Reggio Calabria will rejuvenate your soul.

Greek Heritage in Reggio Calabria

Nowhere in the area is there a better place to experience a bit of that Greek influence than at the Museo Archeologico, a well-known archaeological museum filled with treasures of antiquity.

Once a part of ancient Greece, Reggio Calabria proudly displays numerous statues of Greek gods and goddesses throughout the area. The fusion of Italian and Greek culture in this region is captivating, and one that not many visitors are aware of before arriving.

The museum is most famous for its Bronzi di Riace, two statues made of bronze made around 460-450 BC that were dredged from the sea in the 1970s.

The Enchanting Lungomare

After spending several hours at the archeological museum, check out Reggio's picturesque Lungomare (beach boardwalk), a scenic paved path along the coast.

See land across the water? And maybe even a volcano? You're looking at Sicily, which is just a short ferry ride away. During the summer, a phenomenon known as Fata Morgana creates a mirage, making the neighboring town of Messina appear closer than it actually is.

A Greek-Inspired Icon: Athena Statue

One striking representation of Greek influence is the statue of Athena, the goddess of war, positioned at the water's edge. Originally facing the water to guard against enemies, the statue was later turned to face the city, symbolizing a shift in the perceived threats from external to internal. This change, a poignant gesture by the city's mayor, adds a poetic touch to the evolving narrative of Reggio Calabria.

A History in Citrus

Though small, the Museo del Bergamotto Reggio Calabria is not to be missed. It tells the story of a citrus fruit, the bergamot, which can only be found in this part of Calabria and nowhere else in the world (grown naturally, at least).

This fruit was the industry of the area for many years, and still is, though to a lesser degree. Bergamot can be found in Earl Grey tea and in many perfumes. You can buy bergamot honey, beverages, and candy while you're in Reggio Calabria.

Reggio Calabria offers a blend of history, culture, and stunning vistas, making it an enticing destination for travelers. The influences of its Greek past are visible not only in its artifacts but also in the spirit and charm of the city. Exploring this region is a journey through time and a celebration of the rich cultural tapestry that defines Reggio Calabria.


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