Reggio di Calabria
Boats for Messina (Sicily) leave from two destinations - the port in Reggio(just north of Stazione Lido) and Villa San Giovanni, 14km further north along the rail line.
Services from Reggio and Villa San Giovanni for foot passengers are run by a company called Metromare (http://www.metromaredellostretto.it). There is an up to date timetable on their website and the price for a single journey is €3.50. Other companies that operate trips to Messina are Meridiano (http://www.meridianolines.it) and Ustica (http://www.usticalines.it).
Trains stop at Stazione Centrale, which is situated in Piazza Garibaldi and less frequently at Stazione Lido, near the Museo. You can get a direct train to Milan, Rome and Naples (http://www.trenitalia.com/). Regional services run along the coast to destinations such as Scilla and Tropea. The main station has a small tourist office, that will give you a very good map of the town.
Reggio’s airport (http://www.aeroportodellostretto.it/en/) is at Ravagnese, about 5km south. Alitalia and/or Air One fly to and from Rome, Milan and Bergamo. Air Malta flies to Barcelona, Rome and Malta. Lamezia Terme Airport is 130km away from Reggio (http://www.sacal.it). Flights by Ryanair, EasyJet, AirFrance and Allitalia are operated from this airport.
Lungomare is the beautiful promenade along the beach separated by the inland Corso Vittorio Emanuele by a small strip of botanical garden of palm trees. A few blocks inland (east) Corso Giuseppe Garibaldi is the main artery of Reggio.
During the summer Reggio is as dead in the daytime as a Sergio Leone movie. From 8 to 9pm Corso Garibaldi is full of people. After that everyone is at Lungomare.
Many buses terminate at Piazza Garibaldi, in front of the Stazione Centrale. ATAM (800 43 33 10; www.atam-rc.it) operates most of the buses in the city. You can buy tickets in any newsagents or tabaccheria. Tickets cost less than €1 and you may use them for an hour.
- Museo Nazionale della Magna Grecia, Piazza Giuseppe De Nava, 26 89122 Reggio di Calabria, ☎ 0965 812255. It is an Italian archaeological museum in Reggio Calabria with an archaeological collection from sites in Magna Grecia, the famous Bronzi di Riace bill be exhibited in the museum after its restoration. At the moment the museum is closed for refurbishment, but should reopen in May 2011 FREE.
- The Bronzi di Riace, Via Cardinale Gennaro Portanova, ☎ 0965 814873. The Bronzi di Riace are two famous full-size Greek bronze sculptures of nude bearded warriors, cast about 460–430 BCE, that were discovered by chance in 1972 in the waters of Riace Marina. Currently they are being restored in Reggio Calabria, the restoration laboratory is opened to the public at Palazzo Campanella. FREE.
- Pentedattilo. Pentedattilo is a stunning ancient village in southern Calabria near the sea with a splendid view of Mount Etna on Sicily. It is located about 45 minutes drive away from Reggio (the nearest destination that can be reached by public transport is Melito Porto Salvo or Saline Joniche). The village takes its name from ancient Greek origins. It is surrounded by five cliffs, which reminds the shape of five fingers (Gr. daktylos penta = five fingers).
Today Pentedattilo is sometimes called a “Ghost Town” as it was almost fully abandoned by its inhabitants in favour of new homes near the coast. Every summer Pentedattilo hosts a Paleariza Festival, celebrating the Hellenistic culture. Between August and September a fascinating International Short Film Festival takes place there
- Scilla (22 km north from Reggio Calabria). It is a stunning town of Greek origin located north of Reggio Calabria in front of the strait of Messina. Scilla is definitely worth visiting because of the facsinating panoramic views over the Tyrrhenian Sea, historical presence and beautiful beach.
Schilla is famous for sword fish, which has been fished there since Magna Greek times.
The Ruffo Castle stands on the top of the famous cape which is wedged over the sea, leaving the beautiful beaches of Scilla, an annual tourist spot, on either side.
- Aspromonte National Park (From Reggio take the exit Gallico and follow the SS 184 in the direction of Gambarie). This strip of granitic-crystalline origin resembles a giant pyramid. The area is near the sea and reaches 2,000 meters of height with its many mountain peaks and plateaus of marine sedimentary origins.Surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea, the Park is enriched by considerable historical, artistic, and archaeological aspects, evidences of the archaic, classical, Greek, medieval, and modern culture. Points of attraction include the Gambarie ski resort (1,311 m) and the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Polsi, in the comune of San Luca.
- Lido Communale For €1 you get a daypass to this northern beach, a changeroom, use of showers etc.
- Teatro comunale Francesco Cilea, Corso Garibaldi (Located in front of Palazzo San Giorgio), ☎ +39 0965 312701. With a capacity of 1,500 seats it is the largest theater in Calabria. It showcases musical and theatrical performances of different genre.
- Bergamotto liquor. Similar to Limoncello.
- Cordon Bleu, Corso Garibaldi 203, ☎ +39 0965 332447. Very posh with waiters in black tie and white tuxedo, paper hats on draught beer etc. It is a glorified fastfood joint selling ice cream, crêpes, pizza slices, crispelline and other dished that are heated after you make your choice. But the E16 tourist menu is good and they have one thing on all other restaurants in town. The location of their wagon/tent on Corso Garibaldi.
- La Dolce Vita, Viale G. Zerbi (Next to Museo Strumento Ncionale), ☎ +39 0965 895173. Makes excellent ice cream. You can eat them on the terrace.
- Pepy's' beach, ☎ +39 320 2147980. Lungomare. Great place to have a quiet beer, limoncello, bergamotto, or cocktail while watching the lights on Sicily and listening to the waves hitting the rocky beach.
- Momo, Via Tommaso Campanella. Nice place to go on a Thursday. The Thursday night is called "Speak and Drink", where Italian and English speaking people meet together for an Aperetivo (you get free snacks and antipasti with drinks, which are really nice and filling) to improve their language skills.
- Albergo Noel, ☎ +39 0965 890965. Not the most charming hotel with big fluorescent lights, fake wood paneling, and bad plumbing. But clean and run by a very friendly couple. €40 for a double with a bathroom and breakfast.
- Hotel Grimaldi Palace Cittanova, Via Trentino Alto Adige, 1 - Cap: 89022, Cittanova (RC), ☎ +39 0966 653512, fax: +39 0966 655247. Ten large suites able to accommodate even four people for this four start hotel located in the little town of Cittanova, in the province of Reggio Calabria, which also offers a Health Centre, and for the business travellers, a Conference Centre.
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