Reggio Calabria is officially called Reggio di Calabria, but that prefix is often omitted. It is an old city that was founded by the Greeks in the 8th century BC. In the seventies and eighties of the previous century the Mafia had a firm grip on the town. But in the nineties a counter movement started to eliminate this widespread corruption. The symbol for the town's revival is the promenade along the sea, the Lungomare Falcomatà, named after the mayor who engaged into battle with the Mafia and corruption. The beaches north and south of Reggio (on the Tyrrhenian and Ionian Seas) are very attractive to tourists. But do not forget to visit the interesting Museum of Greater Greece (Museo Nazionale della Magna Grecia). The landscape around the town is breathtaking with the National Park around Mount Aspromonte as its highlight.
The town has a population of about 200,000.
North of that is the Tyrrhenian Sea, south of that the Ionian Sea.
Reggio Calabria's port plays an important role in the local economy. Not only for the export of regional agricultural products, but also for fishing. Thanks to the beautiful beaches in the area, Reggio is a popular holiday destination. In the area you will find olive groves, grapes and citrus cultivation, including bergamot, an acid citrus, which is used for flavoring Earl Grey tea. The oil from the rind of the bergamot is a perfume ingredient. Furthermore, there is tobacco industry in Reggio Calabria.
Reggio Calabria Airport, is located on the southern edge of town. Aeroporto dello Stretto Tito Minniti is easily accessible by rental car. From the center, follow the Viale Calabria. The airport can also be accessed from road SS106. The exit to the terminal is clearly indicated.
Reggio Calabria has good public transport. Buses are modern and run regularly and usually on time. Furthermore there are good train and bus connections to other locations in Calabria and the rest of Italy.
Reggio Calabria is a pretty busy city and you may need a little getting used to the Italian way of driving. Nevertheless it is not difficult to find your way in Reggio. It is not advisable to park your car in the street. There are plenty of guarded parking facilities available.
The city itself has a wide range of hotels and guesthouses. At the beaches north and south of the city are larger hotels and holiday resorts. Furthermore there are several campsites in the area. Reggio and its surroundings are a popular holiday destination. If you would like to visit Reggio Calabria in summer, we recommend booking your accommodation well in advance.
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