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- Sant’Alessio d’Aspromonte
- Podargoni
- Santo Stefano d’Aspromonte
- Gambarie
- Montalto

25km from Reggio, on the SS184, that runs along the valley of the Gallico Fiumara, there is Sant’Alessio d’Aspromonte, ancient district of Calanna. To mention the Town Hall, the SS Annunziata church, built in 1606, to substitute the one of Sant’Anna that was destroyed by the Saracens that, in 1571, burnt the entire village; the Romeo House of late 700 and headquarters of the Borboun. Continuing on the SS184, direction Gambarie, there is a crossroad to Podargoni, especially mentioned for the rural architecture of its buildings former 1908. it’s worth to visit Santa Maria del Bosco church, in via Alighiero, where a splendid marble statue representing the Madonna with the Baby by the messinese sculpture Bonanno in 1588 is kept.

Continuing along the road there is Santo Stefano d’Aspromonte, touristic place with a truly naturalistic landscape. The cathedral dedicated to S.Stefano Protomartire is worth to mention. Opened in 1777, in place of the most ancient Chiesa Madre, and totally restored in 1954, presents a portal of valuable artistic importance, a rose-window, a painting that represents the stoning of the saint of the town, the Madonna del Carmine statue probably earlier than 1850 and the artistic windows lately realised with the worshippers offers. Another monumental opera of great architectonic and historical importance is the Monumental Asilo “G.Filastò”. in the territory there also are the ruins of an ancient abbey of the Basilean Order: S.Giovanni a Castaneto and the Grotta di San Silvestro.

Through beautiful forests of pine, beech and fir trees, still following the SS184 there is Gambarie (1330mt a.s.l.), the most famous mountain place of the area and house to the National Park of Aspromonte. With good skiing services, its tracks are full with snow for many months per year and offer a unique view over the Costa Viola and Sicily. In the autumn is rich with mushrooms and chestnuts, and many festivals to taste typical products. Towards S.Eufemia a brief turning will take to Cippo di Garibaldi, a place where the hero of the two worlds was wounded on his leg, the Cippo is inside a deep pine wood, where there is also a mausoleum that keeps garibaldine objects and photos of the time.

From Gambarie is easy to get to Montalto, that with its 1956 mt. Is the highest top of the Aspromonte, where is possible to admire the Redentore statue and the rose of the winds, and obviously a heartbreaking view.

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