Hotel Residence ALPA

Via Sbarre Centrali, 591, Reggio di Calabria, 89132, Italy
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Palermo to Reggio Di Calabria and away!

by rici3333

WE are in Palermo in May. We thought we would go up to Reggio Di Calabria from there; hire a car and drive North.
2 questions. 1.Best way to get from Palermo to Reggio Di Calabria (safely..with luggage)(IE: Is there a Ferry or train??)
2. Any reccomendations on good place to hire car in Reggio Di Calabria - preferably not in the middle of town as we will be a little nervous driving in Italy at first (we are from Australia)? We want to take the hire car right up and leave at a town somewhere near Florence in a few days / 1 week after a nice back roads drive!
Many thanks for any reccomendations you may have.

Re: Palermo to Reggio Di Calabria and away!

by domenicococozza

There are solutions to this but none of them are straightforward.
You can catch a train from Palermo Centrale but getting to Reggio di Calabria involves some changes.
Most services mean changing two or three times. The most regular service changes at Messina Cenrale, then Messina Mare and Villa San Giovanni.
Although not as regular there are two services where you would only have to change
at Villa San Giovanni on the mainland.
They are:
0730 from Palermo Centrale to Reggio Calabria(one change) cost is 21.40 Euros
and takes 5 hours to your destination.
1020 from Palermo Centrale (all as above)

On reaching Reggio di Calabria, all the car hire companies are at the airport,
8.5 kms south of the station. There is a train service that runs there, but with
5 hours of train journies already behind you and with luggage, it may be easier to just take a taxi. The two car hire companies that come to mind are Hertz and Europcar. Both companies have pick up and drop facilities.

The autostrada is easily reached from the airport without having to drive in town.

Travel Tips for Reggio di Calabria

Scilla! Idyllic fishing town...

by Laurina

Scilla! Idyllic fishing town with good seaside restaurants pizzarie etc. Ancient castle stands on a cliff overhead - there's a legend attached... can't remember which one but it's in one of Homer's works, I think. Just to peak your interests ;)

Calabrisella mia...

by isolina_it

If you're traveling to Sicily, try to schedule at least a day in Calabria on
your way to the ferry. The very tip of the mainland is enchanting territory, as
Homer knew. Although the A3 Autostrada makes driving here much easier than
elsewhere in Calabria, you might want to consider traveling by train so you can
fully enjoy the breathtaking seaside views. Stop for a while in Bagnara, a
quaint fishing village with some very interesting workshops that build and
repair boats. Bagnara is also famous for its fantastic pastries and its women,
who have been the breadwinners for centuries. Local folklore has it that long
ago, since it was illegal to sell salt privately, the women of Bagnara made
their own clandestine salt flats on the sandy coasts, then hid the contraband
merchandise in their voluminous black skirts and sold it to smugglers with whom
they rendezvoused on the beach on moonless nights. Salt is still sold by federal
monopoly in Italy, so you might want to think twice before taking a nocturnal
stroll on the beach in Bagnara!
Just down the road is Scilla, perhaps Calabria's most picturesque fishing
village. If you've read The Odyssey, you'll remember what a terrible time
Ulysses had getting past Scylla and Charybdis, which flank what is now known as
the Straits of Messina. When the atmospheric conditions are right, you can stand
in Marina Grande, gaze out towards Sicily and see the Fata Morgana, an eery
mirage that seems to be the city of Messina reflected (right-side up) in the sea
waters.
What definitely is not a mirage is the delightful neighborhood of Chianalea,
where a narrow row of pastel-hued houses are squeezed between the highway and
the beach. Scilla also has an elegant 17th-century downtown and an imposing
castle, whose ramparts offer a great vantage point for La Chianalea.
From here there are two ways to get to Sicily: by ferry from Villa San Giovanni
or, the longer route, from Reggio Calabria. The road is lined with lush orchards
and comfortable summer homes, and the air is filled with the perfumes of exotic
flowers, sea air and, in late summer, of ripening figs. After this kind of
sensational beauty, there's little reason to recommend a visit to Reggio
Calabria, the provincial capital. The 1908 earthquake Axel Munthe describes in
his Story of San Michele virtually leveled the city, leaving a modern urban
nightmare (complete with Calabrian-style traffic jams). If for some reason you
find yourself here, take a taxi to the Museo Nazionale, where you can view the
famed Bronzes of Riace and many other interesting archeological finds. If you
have an hour or two to spare, consider driving further south along the wonderful
coast, perhaps as far as Bova, where you can turn inland to visit Bova,
Condofuri, Roccaforte del Greco and Roghudi, an enclave of towns where the local
dialect stems directly from ancient Greek.

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