The sea promenade “Falcomatà of Reggio Calabria”, also known as “Lungomare Matteotti”, is known as the “most beautiful kilometer in Italy”, despite its actual length is actually 1,700 meters. The first to define the Matteotti seafront as the most beautiful kilometer in Italy was the poet Gabriele D’Annunzio”. The poet, referring to the Lungomare Falcomatà, considered it as one of the most fascinating places in the historic center of Reggio Calabria.
The long tree-lined avenue offers residents and tourists pleasant walks and fabulous sunsets, warmed by the sea breeze and surrounded by tropical and sub-tropical plants over a hundred years old.
It is also a place full of fountains and memorials, such as the Monument to the Fallen of All Wars , with the statue of the Winged Victory. Moreover, there are also the splendid Art Nouveau buildings, among which Palazzo Zani, seat of the Faculty of Law, Palazzo Spinelli and Villa Genoese Zerbi stand out.
Another incredibly suggestive building is the “Arena dello Stretto”: a modern amphitheater, conceived in imitation of the ancient Greek theaters. Here some of the most important musical, theatrical and cinematographic events of the city take place.
Furthermore, here you can see the the Riace Bronzes, considered among the most significant examples of classical Greek art. These are two bronze statues depicting two naked men, originally armed with shields and spears, which have become a symbol of the city of Reggio Calabria.