REGGIO CALABRIA, THE CITY OF THE BRONZES via Italia.it

Ancient Reghion, in modern times the city of Reggio Calabria, is universally known as the City of Bronzes. Indeed, it is the Museo della Magna Grecia. In the city center, it hosts the famous Riace Bronzes, the sculptures of two warriors from the 5th Century (found at the bottom of the Riace Marina in 1972).  Reggio Calabria boasts a long and noble history, evident in its ancient Greek walls and in the Roman baths, featuring mosaic floors that have survived two earthquakes, no less. Founded by the Greeks of Chalcis upon the instruction of the Oracle of Delphi, Reggio became a Roman municipality in 89 B.C.; over the centuries it was contested by the Moors and Byzantines, Swabians and Boubons. Today, its original Magna Graecian charm remains intact and is an important touristic draw.

 

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