Reggio Calabria, Calabria, Italy
Reggio Calabria, located on the toe of the Italian boot, is the capital of the province of Reggio Calabria, and was the capital of the region of Calabria until 1970 when this became Catanzaro. It faces the sea, opposite the Sicilian city of Messina on the other side, connected by ferry.
There has been for years now the project, highly favored by politicians and the EU, to build a huge bridge across the strait, though many groups are against the project, fearing it will endanger the whole sea and coastline environments of the area. Reggio Calabria is the hometown of Gianni Versace, who came from a family of tailors in Reggio.
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Population: ca. 180,000 inhabitants (called reggini) -- Zip/postal code: 89100 -- Phone Area Code: 0965
Founded as "Rhegion" by Greek settlers in the 8th century BC, the city was devastated by several major earthquakes and often associated tsunamis, the last of which happened on December 28, 1908.
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