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Italy in Photos

Photos of Italy taken on Walks in the Cities Towns & Villages of Italia

Welcome to Italy in Photos, where we invite you to embark on a journey through the enchanting city of Reggio di Calabria: – Reggio di Calabria is a city in southern Italy, located on the “toe” of the Italian peninsula and facing the island of Sicily across the Strait of Messina. It is the largest city and the capital of the Calabria region, as well as the seat of the Regional Council of Calabria. Reggio di Calabria has a long and rich history, dating back to the 8th century BC, when it was founded as a colony of Magna Graecia by the Greeks. It was later conquered by the Romans, the Byzantines, the Normans, the Swabians, the Angevins, the Aragonese, the Spanish, the Bourbons, and the Savoys, among others. Reggio di Calabria has witnessed many natural disasters, especially earthquakes, that have destroyed most of its ancient buildings and monuments. The most devastating ones occurred in 1783 and 1908, which reduced the city to rubble and killed thousands of people. Reggio di Calabria was rebuilt in a modern style, with wide boulevards, elegant mansions, and public gardens. The city is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, as well as its natural beauty and diversity. Reggio di Calabria is home to one of the most important archaeological museums in Italy, the National Archaeological Museum of Magna Graecia, which displays the famous Bronzes of Riace, two stunning Greek bronze statues that were found in the sea near the city in 1972. The museum also exhibits other artifacts from the ancient civilizations that inhabited the region, such as pottery, jewellery, coins, and sculptures. Reggio di Calabria is also famous for its waterfront, which offers a spectacular view of the Strait of Messina, the city of Messina, the mountains of Sicily, and the volcano of Mount Etna. The waterfront is a popular place for walking, relaxing, and enjoying the sea breeze. Along the waterfront, there are several attractions, such as the ruins of a Greek wall and a Roman bath complex, a statue of Athena, an homage to King Victor Emmanuel III, and a giant Australian fig tree with an impressive root system. Reggio di Calabria is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city, with a diverse population and a lively cultural scene. It hosts many events and festivals throughout the year, such as the Bergamot Festival, the Fata Morgana Film Festival, the Reggio Calabria Jazz Festival, and the Madonna della Consolazione Procession. Reggio di Calabria is also a gastronomic destination, where visitors can taste the delicious local cuisine, based on fresh seafood, vegetables, cheese, and olive oil. Some of the typical dishes are swordfish rolls, eggplant parmigiana, nduja (a spicy sausage), and pignolata (a fried pastry with honey and chocolate). Reggio di Calabria is a city that combines ancient and modern, tradition and innovation, culture and nature. It is a city that welcomes and charms its visitors with its hospitality, beauty, and charm.

Piazza Garibaldi Giuseppe in Reggio Di Calabria is a significant and historic square in the city. The square is situated opposite the Stazione di Reggio Calabria Centrale and is close to the city centre. At the centre of the square stands a marble statue of Giuseppe Garibaldi, created by artist Alessandro Monteleone in 1956. This statue replaced an older sculpture that was destroyed during the Second World War1.The replacement of the old Garibaldi statue led to political stances and street demonstrations, reflecting the square’s importance in the city’s cultural and historical identity. Recent excavations for a parking lot have uncovered a Roman tomb dating back to the first century AD, the base of a Roman temple, and other archaeological finds, revealing an ancient underground city and its evolution. The square is not only a central hub for transportation but also a place where history and modernity intersect, making it a fascinating site for both locals and visitors alike. (Photos 1-2-3) – Corso Giuseppe Garibaldi is a street in Reggio Di Calabria which from runs from Via Argine Destro Calopinace to Piazza Giuseppe. (Photos 4-10-34-35-36-37-38-39) – Via Andrea Caridi is a street in Reggio Di Calabria which from runs from Via Guglielmo Pepe to Via Missori. (Photo 5) – The Villa Comunale of Reggio Calabria, located on Corso Giuseppe Garibaldi, is a verdant oasis in the city’s historic centre. The Villa was established during the Bourbon era in 1854 with the intention of creating a botanical garden. It was officially inaugurated in 1907 by King Vittorio Emanuele III. The Villa boasts a rich botanical garden with unique and exotic plants. You can find a variety of palm trees, fig trees, magnolias, banana trees, and even rare species like the Auricaria bidwillii and the Ficus Macrophylla. Within its grounds, the Villa houses monuments such as busts of national and local patriots, and historical buildings like the neoclassical portal of Palazzo Vitrioli from the 14th century, which survived the earthquake in 1908. It’s a popular spot for leisure, featuring a small refreshment area and children’s rides. The Villa also hosts numerous recreational and cultural events, especially during the summer. This serene park serves as a cultural hub and a tranquil retreat for both locals and visitors, blending natural beauty with historical significance. (Photos 6-7-8-9) – Via fra Gesualdo Melacrino is a street in Reggio Di Calabria which from runs from Corso Giuseppe Garibaldi to Via Sott’Argine Calopinace. (Photo 11) – Via Mons. Paolo Giunta is a street in Reggio Di Calabria which from runs from Corso Giuseppe Garibaldi to Corso Giacomo Matteotti. (Photo 12-48)

Piazza Duomo in Reggio Calabria is a place rich in history and culture. The current layout of Piazza Duomo was determined after the devastating earthquake of 1908 and the subsequent urban planning in 1911. The square was previously known as Tocco Grande, a name that dates to the 16th century and relates to the administrative division of the city into two ‘Tocchi’. The square gets its name from the cathedral located on its southeastern side. On August 21, 1860, the square was the site of a battle between the Southern army and the Bourbon forces, which was part of Garibaldi’s campaign to unify Italy. This battle marked the occupation of Reggio by Garibaldi’s troops. On the north side of the square stands Palazzo Laface, a building that showcases the Liberty style of architecture and is open to the public during the FAI Spring Days. (Photos 13-14-15-16) – The Basilica Cattedrale di Maria Santissima Assunta in Cielo is a remarkable landmark with a rich history and architectural significance. The basilica showcases a modern eclectic style, blending Romanesque and Gothic elements. It stands as the largest religious building in Calabria. The cathedral’s origins trace back to the early 20th century, with construction beginning in 1917 and completion in 1928. It was built to replace an earlier cathedral that was severely damaged by the earthquake of 1908. As the cathedral of the Archdiocese of Reggio Calabria-Bova, it is dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and plays a vital role in the religious life of the region. Inside, visitors can find a rich array of artworks and a significant organ. The cathedral also houses a diocesan museum, which adds to its cultural value. (Photos 14-16) – Via Crocefisso is a street in Reggio Calabria which runs from Piazza Duomo to Via Magna Grecia (Photo 17) – Via Mons. Giovanni Ferro is a street in Reggio Calabria which runs from Via Crocefisso to Via Aschenez, (Photo 18) – Via Marvasi is a street in Reggio Calabria which runs from Via Girolamo Arcovito to Via Argine Destro Calopinace, (Photos 19-20-21) – Via Castello is a street in Reggio Calabria which runs from Via Marvasi to Via Possidonea, (Photos 22-23-24) – Castello Aragonese is a notable historical site in Reggio di Calabria, Italy. It’s an ancient fortress with a rich history dating back to the Byzantine era, around 536 AD. The castle has seen use during the Byzantine and Norman eras and has undergone various fortifications and renovations over time. Although only a small portion of the original structure remains, it offers impressive views of the surrounding area and is considered one of the most iconic buildings in Reggio Calabria.

Via Aschenez is a street in Reggio Calabria which runs from Via Mons. Giovanni Ferro to Via Giuseppe Reale. (Photo 25) – Via Simone Furnari is a street in Reggio Calabria which runs from Via Aschenez to Via Foti. (Photos26) – Via Cattolica dei Greci is a street in Reggio Calabria which runs from Via Possidonea to Corso Giacomo Matteotti. (Photos 27-29-30) – Via del Torrione is a street in Reggio Calabria which runs from Via Simone Furnari to Via Dante. (Photo 28) – Piazza Italia, located in Reggio di Calabria, is a square which is rich in history and cultural significance. The square’s official name is Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II, but it’s commonly known as Piazza Italia due to the monument to Italy that stands in its centre. A marble statue representing the turreted Italy, created by sculptor Rocco Larussa in 1868, is a tribute to the Unification of Italy. It symbolizes Italy exhorting its children and commemorates the martyrs who fought against the reigning Bourbons. Piazza Italia is the political-administrative heart of the area, surrounded by important buildings like Palazzo San Giorgio (the city hall), Palazzo del Governo (the Prefecture), and Palazzo Corrado Alvaro (the seat of the Metropolitan City). Over the centuries, the square has had various names, reflecting the changing political landscape of Italy. It was once known as Piazza della Cattolica and Piazza dei Gigli during different periods. The hypogeum, an archaeological excavation, is in Piazza Italia, adding to its historical allure. This square not only serves as a central point for the city’s administrative life but also stands as a mirror to Italy’s rich history. (Photos 31-32-33) – Via Colombo is a street in Reggio Calabria which runs from Corso Giacomo Matteotti to Piazza de Nava. (Photo 39) – The Statua di Athena Promachos is a significant monument located at the Arena dello Stretto in Reggio Calabria. The statue was created in the 1930s during the Fascist era, commissioned by Camillo Autore from Palermo. It represents Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom and war, depicted with a shield and spear, symbolizing protection and resistance. Originally facing the sea to symbolize the sacred defense of the national coasts, the statue was turned towards the city in 2001 to emphasize the need to protect the community from internal and external challenges. The bronze statue is set on a marble plinth at the Arena dello Stretto, a modern amphitheater inspired by ancient Greek theaters, which hosts important cultural and artistic events. The Statua di Athena Promachos, with its symbolism of protection and rebirth, is one of the highlights of the Lungomare in Reggio Calabria, (Photo 42) – The Terme Romane, located on the Lungomare Italo Falcomatà in Reggio Calabria, is a fascinating historical site. Discovered after the reconstruction works following the earthquake of 1908, these Roman Baths are one of the most celebrated monuments in the city. The baths likely belonged to a private building given their size and have revealed multiple construction phases over time. Visitors can see an elliptical pool for hot baths, preceded by a series of heated rooms (tepidarium and calidarium), a square pool for cold baths, and a semicircular dressing room with a black and white mosaic floor. The mosaic, dating from the 2nd-3rd century AD, is geometric in style, featuring white limestone and black volcanic stone from Sicily or the Aeolian Islands. The central decorative pattern consists of elongated hexagons that intersect to form a series of small diamonds. During the excavation, fragments of wall plasters painted with marine motifs were also recovered, adding to the site’s historical richness. (Photos 46-47)

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Photo Gallery of Walk 1 – Piazza Garibaldi Giuseppe to Via Castello
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The walk starts in – Piazza Garibaldi Giuseppe – Corso Giuseppe Garibaldi – Via Andrea Caridi – Villa comunale di Reggio calabria, Corso Giuseppe Garibaldi – Corso Giuseppe Garibaldi – Via fra Gesualdo Melacrino – Corso Giuseppe Garibaldi – Via Mons. Paolo Giunta – Corso Giuseppe Garibaldi – Piazza Duomo – Via Tommaso Campanell – Via Mons. Giovanni Ferro – Via Marvasi – Via Castello

Photo Gallery of Walk 2 – Via Aschenez to Lungomare Italo Falcomatà
Approximately 0,00 km – 0.00 miles

The walk starts in – Via Aschenez – Via Simone Furnari – Via Cattolica dei Greci – Via del Torrione – Via Cattolica dei Greci – Piazza Italia – Corso Giuseppe Garibaldi – Corso Vittorio Emanuele III – Lungomare Italo Falcomatà