Welcome to Reggio Calabria
Known in the past as Calabria Ulteriore Prima, the Province of Reggio Calabria has the highest population density in the Region. It is located in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, between the seaside and the mountains of a land rich in flavors and colors. On the west it overlooks the Tyrrhenian Sea, in the south and the east, the Ionian Sea and it borders with Catanzaro in the northeast and with Vibo Valentia in the northwest. In the southwest it looks out at Sicily, just 2 miles away across the Strait of Messina.
The terrain is characterized by thick woods of chestnuts, beeches, holm oaks and white firs thatalternate with the olive and vine cultivations, centuries-old torrents and overhanging coastal cliffs covered by ferns, brooms, strawberry trees, myrtles, oleander and cactus pears. And the coast between Villa Sand Giovanni and Gioiosa Ionica is the ideal habitat for the cultivation of the bergamot.
From the mountains to the sea, the torrents are a peculiarity of the Province. Their flow, even if brief, moves on various levels of depth, creating wide depressions in the ground. The biggest torrent of the grecanic area is the Amendolea, which flows in Condofuri Marina, drawing an enormous silver band of pebbles coasted by citrus trees and broom. The Locride area is also full of torrents, as is La Verde, between Bianco and Samo, characterized by spectacular gorges.
Another characteristic is the area of the Tyrrhenian coast, with terraces built on the hills overhanging the sea. This expanse is called Costa Viola, due to the reflections that, especially at sunset, color the sea. Most of the area of Reggio is formed by the National Park of Aspromonte, with hectares of pine forests on the Tyrrhenian side and beechwoods on that Ionian.
Finally, the area of Tauro, famous for the production of clementines, boasts a great variety of landscapes. The Piana di Gioia Tauro comprises very fertile lands, attributed to the drainage begun in 1818 by the Marquise Nunziata and continued by the State during the following decade.