Right at the southernmost tip of mainland Italy, the city of Reggio Calabria is seen as a major gateway from the mainland to neighbouring Sicily. Aside from being a major hub for transportation, Reggio Calabria is known for having more than its fair share of historical sites, not to mention spectacular views of the Calabrese countryside to the east. The city is surprisingly peaceful during the daytime, although its promenade, the Lungomare, comes to life every evening as locals and visitors come out to wine, dine and dance the night away. Reggio Calabria’s beach is one of the finest in southern Italy, while the architecture is as stunning as any you might come across anywhere in the country.
For driving through the older part of Reggio Calabria, the best possible car to drive is a supermini or city car, which would be equally useful for parking on the streets.
Driving in Reggio Calabria
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Important things to note
Boat rides to Messina in Sicily are scheduled regularly from the city’s main ferry terminal and cost €3.50 for a single journey in either direction.
The A3, the only major motorway going through Reggio Calabria, ends in the city, going north to Naples and Rome.
Much of the city centre is off-limits for larger cars, while some streets in Reggio Calabria are fully-pedestrianized.
Highlights & Hotspots
Museo Nazionale della Magna Grecia is the city’s largest and most interesting museum. It has numerous artefacts from Magna Grecia, while after restoration, the Bronzi di Riace, a local monument, will also feature there.
Aspromonte National Park, which is just a few miles away, is home to numerous mountains, the tallest standing at over 2,000 metres in height. It’s a must-visit for anyone with designs on mountain-climbing during their trip to the city.
The most popular beach in Reggio Calabria is Lido Communale, which is in the northern half of the city. For €1, you get entry to the beach for the entire day as well as use of the nearby changing rooms and showers.
The Teatro Comunale Francesco Cilea is the largest theatre in Calabria, seating around 1,500 spectators. The theatre hosts opera, ballet and plays which are performed in Italian. Other genres of live music are performed there as well, although you should check the calendar first.
Reggio di Calabria Airport (Aeroporto di Reggio di Calabria) is a couple of miles south of the city centre, serving the entire Calabria region as its primary air terminal. It offers mainly domestic flights to major cities northwards such as Milan and Rome.
The airport is connected by a link road which goes west onto the A3/E90. Then, going north, it will take you to a junction with the Via Argine Sinistro Calopinace, which heads straight for the city.