A jumping-off point for trips to Sicily, this busy port town is home to one of Italy’s finest collections of ancient objects as well as a pretty waterfront area. 

Reggio di Calabria is a bustling port town that serves as a transportation hub for the region, with travelers often passing through on their way to nearby Sicily. Stay around a while to explore the city itself for pleasant rewards. Discover one of Italy’s most compelling collections of ancient objects and artworks and explore the pretty seafront promenade, which offers views out across to the smoke-spewing Mount Etna volcano.

Though the town has been occupied since ancient times, very few historical buildings or ruins remain intact. A devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami in 1908 destroyed much of the city. Only a few structures predate the earthquake. Look for the restored towers of the Aragonese Castle, which are now used to host events and concerts. Also worth viewing is the Cathedral of Calabria. The cathedral was rebuilt following the earthquake and is one of the biggest religious buildings in the province.

The town’s biggest attraction is the Museo Nazionale della Magna Grecia, which draws visitors from across the continent. Browse the exhibits and examine all kinds of items from Neolithic, Paleolithic, Greek and Roman times. Most famous among the pieces displayed are the Riace Bronzes, two Greek statues of naked warriors dating from about 450 B.C. For more culture, survey the exhibits at the Pinacoteca Civica, which include works from local artists spanning the 15th to 20th centuries.

There is no better setting for an evening stroll, or passiagetta as the locals call it, than Reggio di Calabria’s Lungomare Falcomatà. Admire views of the glittering blue waters of the Strait of Messina. On a clear day, you may even see across to Sicily and the towering Mount Etna volcano.

Trains connect Reggio di Calabria to other Italian cities as well as several other European destinations. The Reggio Airport is located just south of town. Head to the port to catch a boat to the nearby island of Sicily.

Top Hotels in Reggio Calabria

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Grand Hotel Excelsior
Grand Hotel Excelsior
4 out of 5
Via Vittorio Veneto 66, Reggio Calabria, RC
$104
per night
Nov 30 - Dec 1

This family-friendly Reggio Calabria hotel is located on the waterfront, steps from Nava Square, National Archaeological Museum of Reggio Calabria, and Reggio ...

4/5Very Good! (79 reviews)

"Older style hotel right the centre of Reggio, just opposit the museo nazionale. Rooms are decorated in style with a small balcony with partial view of the sea. Staff are very helpful: I broke my glasses and they left no stone unturned to help me repair them - it was a sunday. I left some important ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 10, 2019

Grand Hotel Excelsior
Hotel Continental
Hotel Continental
3 out of 5
Via Florio 10, Reggio Calabria, RC
$34
per night
Nov 19 - Nov 20

Situated in Reggio Calabria, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Port of Reggio Calabria and Reggio di Calabria Promenade. National Archaeological Museum ...

4.2/5Excellent! (162 reviews)

"Friendly helpful staff. Multiple lingustc staff helps travelers from many countries."…"

Reviewed on Nov 4, 2019

Hotel Continental
Hotel Medinblu
Hotel Medinblu
4 out of 5
Via Demetrio Tripepi 98, Reggio Calabria
$90
per night
Nov 23 - Nov 24

Located in the heart of Reggio Calabria, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Villa Zerbi, National Archaeological Museum of Reggio Calabria, and Aragonese ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (50 reviews)

"Very clean and staff was so so so nice! I would definitely return"…"

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2019

Hotel Medinblu

Popular things to do in Reggio Calabria

National Archaeological Museum of Reggio Calabria
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National Archaeological Museum of Reggio Calabria

4.5/5(11 reviews)

See the world-famous Riace Bronzes, two 2,500-year old statues of Greek warriors, and other prized ancient artifacts at this acclaimed museum.

Arena dello Stretto
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Arena dello Stretto

Attend a show at this modern open-air arena, whose design resembles that of a Roman amphitheater. Audience members enjoy fabulous views of the Strait of Messina.

Reggio Calabria Cathedral
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Reggio Calabria Cathedral

Marvel at the unusual design of Reggio di Calabria’s magnificent neo-Romanesque cathedral, one of the largest places of worship in the region.

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Verified traveler

Nov 5, 2019

This city is the best place to go shop. Most of the things you can find in Rome are also available here but a lot less expensive than Rome or any other city in Italy.

4/5 - Good

Best

Nov 4, 2019

Great shopping experiences. Large variety of stores to choose from in the downtown area.

5/5 - Excellent

Joey

Oct 28, 2019

Nice town, great food, great shopping, and a great overall vibe.

5/5 - Excellent

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Oct 20, 2019

Crowded streets and crazy driving but very beautiful with warm and welcoming people, great architecture and loved the archeological museum, plazas, great food, wine, espresso. Must see for us were Castello Aragonese, Pentidattilo, Scilla...amazing!

4/5 - Good

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Oct 10, 2019

The train made it easy from Pellaro to Reggio Calabria central and also the bus left us a short walk up the hill to Feudo 43.

4/5 - Good

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Aug 6, 2019

The town shuts down for dinner and sleeping at 1pm. Restaurants don't open til 730pm. It's an adjustment for sure