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A region often claimed to be the “real Italians’ Italy,” the province of Reggio di Calabria has not yet being overwhelmed by tourism. Discover little-known but lovely hill towns, explore a world-class museum packed with ancient artifacts and hike in mountainous parks.
The province’s biggest city, also named Reggio di Calabria, is a simple port town. Many travelers pass through here on their way to nearby Sicily, located on the far side of the Strait of Messina. Inspect the fascinating collection of Greek and Roman objects at the Museo Nazionale della Magna Grecia, also known as Museo Nazionale di Reggio Calabria. Walk along the Lungomare Falcomatà admiring views out across to the smoke-spurting Mount Etna before sampling typical Calabrian dishes, such as ciambotta (a hearty vegetable stew) in a local restaurant.
The province also has many quaint small towns and villages. Visit Scilla, a picturesque fishing village with a pretty beach and the impressive Castello Ruffo atop a rocky outcrop. Sitting prettily on top of a hill on the Ionian side of the province is the photo-worthy medieval hill town of Gerace. From its advantageous hilltop position, look out toward the blue Ionian Sea and the mountainous interior.
Though no longer populated, the ghost town of Pentedattilo on the southern coast is also a fascinating daytrip destination. First settled by the Greeks, Pentedattilo was inhabited up until an earthquake in 1783, which saw many of its residents flee their homes. Wander the eerie, empty streets surveying the deserted buildings and churches.
For outdoor fun, explore Parco Nazionale dell'Aspromonte, which encompasses mountains, rivers, forests and charming towns such as Gambarie. Stroll along walking trails or attempt to summit the highest peak, the 6,414-foot-tall (1,955-meter) Montalto, which is marked by a bronze statue of Christ.
Find the province of Reggio di Calabria at the southern tip of mainland Italy, at the toe of Italy’s boot. Fly into Reggio Calabria Airport, just south of the city or into Lamezia Terme Airport, which is about 80 miles (130 kilometers) away.
Situated in Reggio di Calabria, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Port of Reggio Calabria and Museo Nazionale della Magna Grecia. Aragonese Castle is 1.3 mi (2 km) away.
Situated in Palmi, this spa hotel is 10.7 mi (17.3 km) from Palazzo de San Ferdinando and 10.9 mi (17.5 km) from San Ferdinando Public Beach. Diocesano d'Arte Sacra Museum and Cathedral of Nicotera are also within 20 mi (32 km).
This family-friendly Villa San Giovanni hotel is located on the waterfront, 4.2 mi (6.7 km) from Villa San Giovanni Ferry Terminal, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Lido Comunale Zerbi and Museo Nazionale della Magna Grecia. Church of Santissima Annunziata dei Catalani and Messina Fountain of Neptune are also within 12 mi (20 km).
Situated by the sea, this residence is 11.5 mi (18.5 km) from Palazzo de San Ferdinando and 11.7 mi (18.8 km) from San Ferdinando Public Beach. Diocesano d'Arte Sacra Museum and Cathedral of Nicotera are also within 20 mi (32 km).
This Siderno hotel is on the beach, 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Locri Epizephiri National Archaeological Museum, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Roman Theatre and Cavallaro Tower. Galea Tower and Church of San Rocco are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Located in the heart of Reggio di Calabria, this hotel is steps from Nava Square and Museo Nazionale della Magna Grecia. Aragonese Castle is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) away.
Situated in Roccella Jonica, this country house is in the same area as Church of San Rocco, Roman Theatre, and Cavallaro Tower. Area attractions also include Galea Tower.
Located in the heart of Reggio di Calabria, this guesthouse is within a 5-minute walk of Aragonese Castle and Chiesa degli Ottimati. Pinacoteca Civica and Teatro Comunale Francesco Cilea are also within 10 minutes.