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San Niceto Castle - 4 Things to Know Before Visiting

Contrada Sant'Aniceto, 89065 Motta San Giovanni RC, Italy

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About San Niceto Castle

The Castle of San Aniceto is a Byzantine castle built in the early 11th century on a hill in Motta San Giovanni, in the current Italian province of Reggio Calabria. It is one of the few examples of early medieval architecture in Calabria, as well as one of the few well-preserved Byzantine fortifications in the world. Its name derives from the Byzantine admiral Nicetas Oryphas.

Attractions Near San Niceto Castle

Castello Aragonese of Reggio Calabria
Castello Aragonese of Reggio Calabria10.4km from San Niceto Castle

The Aragonese castle of Reggio Calabria is the main fortification of the city, located in the homonymous Piazza Castello between via Aschenez and via Possidonea. It is considered, together with the Riace Bronzes, one of the main historical symbols of the city of Reggio. Since 1956 it has housed the observatory of the National Institute of Geophysics.

Lungomare Falcomatà
Lungomare Falcomatà10.82km from San Niceto Castle

The Lungomare Falcomatà is the name of a boulevard along the Bay of Reggio Calabria. It is dedicated to one of the mayors of the city of Reggio, Italo Falcomatà, under whose administration the city experienced a period of significant recovery and renewal. Very frequented by tourists during the summer period, it offers a unique panorama on the Strait of Messina and Etna. The Reggio lungomare was defined as “The most beautiful kilometer in Italy” by Nando Martellini, wrongly citing Gabriele D'Ann

Museo Nazionale della Magna Grecia
Museo Nazionale della Magna Grecia10.94km from San Niceto Castle

The National Archaeological Museum of Reggio Calabria, or National Museum of Magna Graecia, is an Italian state museum. It exhibits one of the most remarkable collections of artifacts from Magna Graecia. The artifacts found today in Calabria are no longer gathered and kept in a single museum but exhibited in those locations where new findings have allowed the setting up of small local museums, which flank the Reggio museum.

Amendolea16.79km from San Niceto Castle

Amendolea is a small town, part of the municipality of Condofuri, located in the center of the Greek area of the Province of Reggio Calabria. It is inhabited by 13 families and rises about 5 kilometers from the sea, on the left bank of the Amendolea river , and dominated by the fortress on which the Ruffo Castle stands imposingly. Until 1811 it was an autonomous municipality.

Aspromonte National Park
Aspromonte National Park19.4km from San Niceto Castle

The Aspromonte National Park is a national park located within the metropolitan city of Reggio Calabria, taking its name from the Aspromonte Massif. The park's territory, crossed by several watercourses, is populated by important animal species like the wolf, the peregrine falcon, the eagle owl, and the goshawk. Most of the territory is dominated by forests of beech trees, silver firs, black pines, holm oaks, chestnut trees, and Mediterranean maquis. A couple of rare species live here: Bonelli'

Castello Ruffo
Castello Ruffo25.52km from San Niceto Castle

The Ruffo di Scilla castle, sometimes also known as the Ruffo di Calabria Castle, is an ancient fortification located on the Scillèo promontory, jutting out over the Strait of Messina. The castle constitutes the genius loci of the town of Scilla, about 20 km north of Reggio Calabria, and certainly one of the most characteristic and typical elements of the landscape of the Strait and the Reggio district. The castle also houses one of the lighthouses of the Navy, the lighthouse of Scilla.

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Calabria attracts year-round tourism, offering both summer and winter activities, in addition to its cultural, historical, artistic heritage, it has an abundance of protected natural habitats and 'green' zones. The 485 miles of its coast make Calabria a tourist destination during the summer. The low industrial development and the lack of major cities in much of its territory have allowed the maintenance of indigenous marine life.