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Routes > Reggio > San Gregorio ―> Bocale

- San Gregorio
- Pellaro
- Bocale

Starting from Reggio Calabria and following the SS106 Ionic towards Taranto there is San Gregorio Taumaturgo, pretty church built along the National via, amd old Building for the extraction of the essence of bergamot of the Arenella, there is now abandoned. Also a tower of around the XVIII-XIX cent. .It’s interesting to remember that in the San Gregorio area in 1920 was discovered a grave that goes back to the VI cent. B.C.. containing a precious funereal equipment, today displayed in the National Museum.

From San Gregorio, following the SS106 there is Pellaro, ancient and flourishing village of the ionic coast. In the centre is possible to admire some significant buildings in liberty style. In the San Giovanni area is necessary to mention San Giovanni church of which informations go back to 1420 and the small but interesting Museum of the Country Civilization of the “Nuovi Vignaioli”. Of great importance are the archeological findings of the “Occhio di Pellaro” necropolis, to which belonged the great tomb with rooms of greek time, the Pellaro-centro Necropolis(III-Iicent. B.C.), the ruins of the ancient marine of Pellaio, submerged by the seaquake of 1908, that can be admired at a low depth in the waters of the coast. In the hills on its back, about 3km away, is still possible to see the ruins of an ancient monastery, maybe basilean, dedicated to San Filippo d’Agirò or San Filippo d’Jriti, of which there were news since 1274. Going up towards San Filippo area there is the Lume district, in which church (Santa Maria del Lume), built in 1735, there’s a canvas representing the Santa Maria, that probably goes back to the XVIII cent.

Continuing along the Ionian Superstrada there is Bocale with its SS Cosimo and Damiano church where some important archeological findings were discovered: a greek necropolis, some byzantine multiple tombs,a millstone that goes back to the Middle Ages and numerous black painted ceramics fragments of the VI cent. B.C.

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