Reggio is a warm, friendly coastal city just in front of Sicily.
The city is surrounded by orange and lemon tree-covered hillsides.
Founded by the Ancient Greeks as Rhegion, meaning it breaks away, it was a well established settlement of Magna Graecia, later becoming part of the Roman Republic and Byzantine Empire. The most important reminder of the Greek period is the Bronzi di Riace (Italian for "Riace bronzes"), two famous full-size Greek bronze statues of nude, bearded warriors, cast about 460 - 430 BC and currently housed by the Museo Nazionale della Magna Grecia in Reggio C. A few steps away from the museum is the recently renovated promenade, known to the locals as the lungomare, a 1km walk along the sea's edge (with botanical gardens that run parallel to some stretches) making it a good walk indeed. Remnants of walls built by early Greek colonists are still visible from the water, and also near the ruins of the Roman baths along via Vittorio Emanuele. Further along the Tyrrhenian coast there are many very picturesque fishing villages, such as Scilla, the traditional site of the sea monsters Scylla and Cariddi of Greek mythology. Following on route to the Ionian side, enjoy the splendour of long sandy beaches near villages like Bova, Bianco etc. Carrying on up the coast offers the chance to visit the heart of Magna Grecia: Locri Epizephiri is the city of the Goddess Persephone with a very wide archeological area with Temples, Necropolis and an Ancient Theatre.
Guarding over the two seas, the pine-covered Aspromonte mountains behind Reggio provide an excellent opportunity to go skiing (during winter) and trekking.
But also in the city, the excellent climate of "the sunniest place in Italy" allows you to do water sports (sailing, surf, kite, etc…), horse-riding and other sports throughout the year.
There is a lively main shopping street overlooking the sea and an ancient castle and numerous restaurants in which you can sample the delight of the local sea-food in the company of the local people. The "Reggini" themselves are well-known for their warmth and friendliness.
Reggio is generally described as “neither too big nor too small”, with a centre that is small enough for everything to be easily within walking distance.
It is also ideally situated for visiting other places in Italy - it’s a 5-minute walk to the small port where a 25-minute ferry ride will get you to Sicily (where you can easily visit the tourist spots Taormina, Syracuse, Palermo etc.) and a 10 minute walk to the train station which connects you to the rest of Italy.
The airport is a short bus ride from the city and there are regular flights to the major Italian cities.
If you’re looking for direct international flights, Catania (BA and AIRMalta) or Lamezia (roughly 1½ hours away – where Ryanair fly direct to Stansted) have different direct connections.