Reggio: the archaeological beauties of the metropolitan area told in a VIDEO

Great participation and strong interest in the cultural tourist offer that is expanding, finding in the Culture System a new impetus of territorial enhancement. A real cultural renaissance for the Metropolitan City of Reggio Calabria and its 97 Municipalities which aim according to the logic of cooperation to enhance the entire cultural heritage in new, transversal, dynamic and interconnected ways. The celebratory conference entrusted to the presenter Veronica Maya was strategic. In your long television experience you have had the opportunity several times to appreciate, admire and get to know the Calabrian territory up close. Her management therefore represented an opportunity to clearly affirm the centrality of culture, the importance of historical memory to be handed down and transferred to new generations, leaving each one with the task of being an ambassador and promoter of beauty.

With the new video made on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the discovery of the Riace Bronzesthe metropolitan city of Reggio Calabria goes precisely in this direction, inviting you to explore the beauties and urban thinking of a territory that has a great desire to tell about itself.

THE places of Magna Graecia which have their roots in millenary history, resurface from the many archaeological and cultural sites that dot the territory, from open-air museums rich in testimonies, from finds and from countless villages. Rediscovering a wealth today means having the ability to plan the future, starting from images. Breathtaking glimpses and panoramas reveal the sometimes harsh, now soft beauty of ancient villages, set among the rocks, which cross fragments of millennia. And so, in a few moments we pass from the foundation and splendor of the age of Magna Graecia, in which Rhegion became a politically powerful and highly prestigious polis, to the architectural and urban transformation in the sign of the modern.

It is an extraordinary succession of new images, unknown to most, sometimes unpublished, where past and present do not follow one another in a continuous line but separate, unite, sometimes mix and contaminate each other to give life to a new narrative. Even today, in every corner of the Metropolitan City there are traces of ancient Greece. Just think of the Grecanic dialect, survived and still handed down in some areas of the territory. Having survived the Norman, Swabian, Angevin and Aragonese dominations, the villages, different for their beauty, retain traces and treasures of a glorious past.

The video documents a swing of extreme contrasts where the slopes, in a harsh succession, meet rocks, rivers, valleys and then sink into the intense blue of the sea. The journey through the 97 Municipalities is undoubtedly varied and immersive both in nature and in history, as well as in spirituality. Among myths and legends, visitors therefore experience suggestions and emotions, imbued with truth and fantasy, stories and beauty. The archaeological heritage is undoubtedly the starting point, which does not stop at the sites alone. It expands, relives in the testimonies and gestures, in knowledge and flavors.

Starting from the National Museum, the stages of the journey have a lot to reveal. From the ancient Rhegion, today’s Reggio Calabria through an urban circuit full of testimonies, we pass to the Hellenistic city walls, to the Roman Baths to arrive at the stratification of the city, which emerged from the most recent excavations in Piazza Italia which documents the temporal succession of the various eras (Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Norman and medieval). Along the Tyrrhenian coast, the stops at the Metauros Museum in Gioia Tauro, in Palmi in the Taurean Archaeological Park and in Rosarno are essential. On the Ionian coast, where the toe of the boot ends, there is, instead, the Kaulon Museum and Archaeological Area, that of Locri Epizepheri, and that of the Museum and Archeoderi in Bova Marina. You have to get to Bova, and more precisely at the foot of the Norman castle to experience the thrill of suspension. Because Bova like Pentedattilo are two undisputed pearls of Ionian Calabria. Suspended between sky and sea they represent the true cultural synthesis of this land

Reggio: the archaeological beauties of the metropolitan area told in a VIDEO