Welcome to Reggio di Calabria
The city’s architectural eclecticism is a result of its tectonic liveliness: in 1908 the last big quake triggered a tsunami that killed over 100,000. By Italian standards, little of historical merit remains, although the lungomare, with its views across the Messina Strait to smouldering Mt Etna is, arguably, one of the most atmospheric places in Italy for an evening passeggiata.
Fortunately, there’s no need to doubt the food. Reggio hides some of Calabria’s best salt-of-the-earth restaurants. You can work up an appetite for them by hiking in the nearby Parco Nazionale dell'Aspromonte, or exploring the coastline at nearby seaside escapes along the Tyrrhenian and Ionian coasts.