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Reggio Calabria

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Reggio Calabria, located on the toe of the Italian boot, is the capital of the province of Reggio Calabria. It was the capital of the southern region of Calabria until 1970 when this became Catanzaro. It has about 180,000 inhabitants.

History

Founded as Rhegion by Greek settlers in the 8th century BC, the city was devastated by several major earthquakes and associated tsunami. The worst earthquakes came in 1783 and on December 28, 1908. It was later called Rhegium and became part of the Kingdom of Sicily (12th century) and the Kingdom of Naples (13th century).

Modern City

Reggio di Calabria is located on the Strait of Messina on the other side of which lies the Sicilian city of Messina. The two cities are closely connected, being 20 minutes apart by ferry.

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