A grand celebration for the city of Reggio Calabria, taking back one of its most precious cultural riches. The National Archaeological Museum of Reggio Calabria, in fact, opens to the public after ten-years of restoration work. On hand to celebrate this extraordinary moment were representatives from the most important institutional offices.
To welcome all visitors, was the director of the Museum, Carmelo Malacrino who expressed his excitement in finally being able to open the doors of this symbolic place after years of closure. “A duty owed to the city of Reggio Calabria, the region and the Italian people. A strategic place that we want to in augurate in a way that we may imagine will transport us all, and future visitors, into history,” were the first words of the director at the inaugural ceremony. Efficient, friendly, safe. This is the new image of the National Archaeological Museum of Reggio Calabria.
“Today begins a challenge for us: a positive Calabria that wishes to recount and no longer wants to wait,” concluded the Director of the Museum, giving way to the mayor of city, Giuseppe Falcomatà who, addressing the President of the Council, tells of recent archaeological finds in Piazza Garibaldi: “digging only three meters we found a plinth. However, it’s not enough because we must fight to preserve such beauty and to preserve what mother nature has given us, “and finally the Mayor thanked the President for having chosen Reggio Calabria as the first Metropolitan City to sign the Pact for the South, which provides for the allocation of funds for infrastructure projects. “Today is a historic day of celebration and pride for our city. We are the Metropolitan City that best preserves the millennial Magna Greek tradition. We must understand how to combine this [cultural] wealth with a shared idea of development that will turn Reggio Calabria into one of the Mediterranean Capitals, ” concludes the mayor.
A great opportunity for the city on the banks of the Strait and for Calabria if you consider that only 15% of international tourists travel south of Rome. “That’s why investing in culture is a challenge for the whole south of Italy,” added the Minister of Culture, Dario Franceschini.
From these (poor) statistics on international tourism, the premier Renzi concludes the ceremony with a monition: “Today is a day of celebration, but tomorrow Calabria has to plow ahead. It is really unthinkable that in a place of such great beauty we are under 200,000 visitors a year. ”
The beauty inside the museum continues with a guided tour consisting of over 200 window displays, over four floors, that recount Calabrian ancient history, from the Paleolithic to the late Roman period. Keeping company with the Riace bronzes are countless exhibits, many of them unpublished, including a striking mosaic of athletes dating from the II-III century B.C., found beneath Palace Garner, on the promenade of Reggio Calabria.