Museo ARcheologico Nazionale
The museum does not have only bronzes, but is full of finds that they testify the largeness of Reggio and the other calabrians centers of the Megale Hellas (Magna Greece). There are other beautifull finds, like the Head of Philosopher, considered the most ancient Greek faces known and found in the sea not far from the city.
Bronzi di Riace: 2 perfect greek statues
These two magnificent sculptures were found in the Ionian sea, 300 meters from the coasts of Riace in Reggio Calabria provincia, in 1972. This event was exepcionel cause there wasen't other greeek statues until this moment. They were transported to Florence where they were restored from the Factory of Hard Stones was cured, one of more specializes laboratories in restauration of the world. In the 1980 they were exposed in an exposition in Florence, that it had exceptional happening, and therefore transported in the archaeological museum of Reggio Calabria where still they are exposed. The style and the scientific results on the materials and techniques of fusion have both determined substantial difference between the two statues: they are from to two different artists and two distinguished ages. Probably as they were of the same dimension they were bound together in order to adorn one specific place. The statues were probably realized in Atene and from there they were removed for being transported to Rome, perhaps destined to the house of a rich 'patrizio'. But the boat sank and the precious cargo ended submergeeed from the sand to approximately 8 meters of depth.
This pretty and picturesque town with medieval origin attracts with buildings and narrow lanes sloping down towards the sea. It is a popular seaside resort with wonderful cliffs.
There is a grot north of Pizzo, named "Piedigrotta" near this town. It is not allowed to use flash light in there but without it does not make sense to photograph. You can see a pic of the grot here. I took this photo from following webpage: http://www.calabriadamare.it/
I do not know Italian but as far as I understood the grot was once used as a church before it was flooded by the sea. In the meanwhile the water has withdrawn and you can enter.
As I already said in the tips before, Capo Vaticano has great landscape with beautiful cliffs and sandy beaches.
Capo Vaticano is the peninsula in the north of Calabria, including towns like Tropea and Perghelia. This photo was taken from a cliff near Parghelia towards Tropea.
Parghelia was destroyed by two earthquakes, one in 1783 and one in 1908. Its present image has been completed in 1926. Its beach is characterized by a cliff in the middle which is named Pizzuta. It is characterized by its majestic shape.
The Baroque Cathedral of Saint Leoluca reminds on the patron saint of the town, St. Leoluca. It is located on a hill, about one and a half kilometer away from the castle. When we were here they had a wedding inside and we couldn't go in.
The Norman castle of Vibo Valentia was built in 1070 by Roger the Norman. It houses today an onteresting museum of archaeology. It showes finds from the 7th century BC to the 2nd century BC, originating from the excavations in Vibo Valentia and its surrounding area.
I was here in 1999 and had to pay 4000 Lire (2.00 €). It worth the money!!
* from October to May:
daily 9.00am - 7.00pm
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Sunday - Friday 9.00am - 7.00pm
Saturdays 9.00am - 11.00 pm
Amantea is a popular seaside resort on the northern coast of Calabria. It is of ancient origin because its name derives from the Latin Amantia, but the town probably existed much before Roman times
Vibo Valentia is a kind of capital of Capo Vaticano-peninsula. It is located on the place where here once stood the ancient town of Hipponion. A few remains like ruins of a fortification wall, the temples and the acropolis are still visible.
Nicotera is a small town 50 km (30 miles) northeast of Reggio di Calabria. The picturesque centre of the old Nicotera slopes slightly in a sort of terrace offering a large view of Gioia Tauro's Gulf where our hotel lied.
Don't try to climb up off the street because it will take longer then the serpentines.
Reggio di Calabria
Reggio Calabria, the largest town of Calabria, is situated on the eastern coast of the Straits of Messina. This town has ancient origins that date from the 8th century before Christi. Landmark is the cathedral of Reggio di Calabria.
Palmi is a modern town with larges squares and wide avenues located south of Nicotera, halfway between Reggio di Calabria and Nicotera. It is situated on hillside overlooking the sea, dominated by Mount Sant Elia. I spent here two days strolling trough the town.
Briatico is full of beaches, cliffs and bays. On the coast are a few old ruins. Those towers are remaining from the 12 century coast-protection towers.
The beaches are fine-grained and ideal for sunbathing.
I just passed by here because of a heavy thunderstorm. The town is a summer resort centre with a medieval part on a hill and a modern one by the sea. I drove through both parts and it annoyed me that I couldn't walk through.
Stilo is a small, fairly well preserved village with several fine churches in the mountains of Calabria. The main attraction here, is the 7th-century Byzantine Cattolica, with an elegant red brickstone facade, topped by four onion-like cupolas.
Entrance is for free!
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