Parco Nazionale dell'Aspromonte


Most Italians think of the Parco Nazionale dell’Aspromonte as a hiding place used by Calabrian kidnappers in the 1970s and ’80s. It’s still rumoured to contain ’ndrangheta strongholds, but as a tourist you’re unlikely to encounter any murky business. The park is startlingly dramatic, rising sharply inland from Reggio. Its highest peak, Montalto (1955m), is dominated by a huge bronze statue of Christ and offers sweeping views across to Sicily.

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12.51 MILES

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2. Museo Nazionale di Reggio Calabria

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3. Museo Nazionale del Bergamotto

14.27 MILES

Housed in Reggio's former covered market, this museum, which opened in 2018, showcases the interesting 300-year-old history of the region's bergamot…

4. Aragonese Castle

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5. Madonna della Lettera

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6. Museo Nazionale di Locri Epizephyrii

18.83 MILES

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7. Museo Regionale Interdisciplinare

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