Best locations in Reggio Calabria surroundings – AREA GRECANICA


This area is the cradle of Calabria, places where you can feel Magna Greece era. The Area Grecanica includes many discricts of Reggio Calabria Province, “ghost villages” where the time seems to stand still in some cases. It is possible to find elderly men talking in greek, an habit handed down for centuries. There are about 20 thousands people who live in that area between sea, torrents and mountains subjects of landslides, in a breath-taking panorama. There are also many customs of religious beliefs or concerning cuisine in the Area Grecanica, well-rooted and ineradicables.
Bova, Pentedattilo, Roghudi, Bagaladi, Palizzi e Gallicianò are some of the almost unheard villages which form that specific Area. An appeal to be preserved, a treasure to enhance. The sightseers curiosity is growing during last years, such as initiatives and attractions that make these places magical. In the following videos you can see some of these locations you should visit, for a dive in the heart of Calabria Grecanica


Bova (RC)

Considerato uno dei borghi più belli d'Italia, arroccato a 915m s.l.m., considerata la capitale culturale della cultura greca di Calabria: Bova (Chòra tu Vùa)

Pubblicato da CityNow su Giovedì 7 maggio 2015

Part of Most Beautiful Villages in Italy list, Bova is considered the cultural capital of “Bovesìa“, another way to name the Area Grecanica.

The San Rocco Church is a monument to see, based at the entrance of the ancient village. The burg hosts two important museums: Grecanical Language Museum, dedicated to Gerhard Rohlfs ( german linguist who shows the ancient origin of this language to the world ) and the Aspromonte Natural Science & Paleontology Civic Museum.
In Bova, such as other villages of the area, persist very old customs. Tailoring and wood manufacturing are rooted arts, a badge for Bova.

Want to eat? Cooking is a mix of colours and tastes tipically of Mediterranean origin. Dishes like maccheroni con sugo di capra, “tagghiarini” con i ceci, carne di capra alla vutana, cold cuts like capocollo and soppressata or cheese like the musulupi are absolutely tasty! Also, the lestopitta , a kind of pancake.


Pentedattilo – ITALY

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Pubblicato da CityNow su Venerdì 9 febbraio 2018

The rock similar to a giant hand ( penta daktylos = five fingers ) in where the village was built, gives its name to Pentedattilo.

It is a tiny village set among Aspromonte mountains in the jonica coast of Reggio Calabria province. Also it is very traditional with legends concerning ghosts and betrayed loves; tourists are welcomed by the Santi Corifei Pietro e Paolo Church.

Walks and trekking paths are features of Pentedattilo, among the nature and the narrow roads of the burg, admiring a unique panorama and magical sunsets.

The Paleariza is one of the various initiatives that help Area Grecanica to stand out. This is a enthno-cultural-musical festival which takes place since 1997 every year, representing the main card for all tourists and young people who come from the whole Calabria to partecipate. Furthermore, the international short film festival called “Pentedattilo Film Festival” takes place, usually between august and september, in here and also welcoming important artists from all over the world.


Propably the most grecanico of the Bovesia area, Gallicianò seems to be an “other world” considering its very arduous location.
In here, the few residents talk greganico language proudly, handed down orally for generations, quite gibberish for “normal” calabrians. This kind of isolation has allowed to keep cultural customs and manifacturing untouched. Gallicianò’s residents have a sense of ospitality and aggregation typical of Greci di Calabria.


The Ethnographic Museum, born in December 2011. Many farmer’s working tools are kept in here, such as an accurate scenario of an ancient local dwelling and typical costumes worn by citizens.

Also, the ancient orthodox church, a tiny religious building rich of iconographies in where weddings and other christian ceremonies are still officiated according orthodox ritual. During the “Paleariza” Festival and other circumstances it is possibile to taste local dishes like the ones served by “Taverna Greca”, a private residence which offers a set menu prepared by some Gallicianò’s citizens.

Gallicianò’s small plaza is dominated by the church of patron saint San Giovanni Battista, celebrated the 29 august.