Locri (RC)


Locri lies along the coast, at the foot of the Aspromonte massif, in a densely populated area in the Province of Reggio Calabria. Locri is a part of the Riviera dei Gelsomini (Jasmine Riviera), the Ionian coastal area whose name derives from jasmines that have been cultivated since 1920s. The city is renowned for the important archaeological area of Epizephyrian Locris, located near the new town and defined as the pillar of Calabrian archaeology. Zaleucus, the first lawgiver in the Western world, and Nossi, the poet known for her pleasing love poems, were both born in Lokroi. The town was a Greek colony founded at the end of the 8th century by a group of Greek refugees who settled on the coast. It was one of the most important Magna Graecia cities in Calabria. The splendid colony of Epizephyrian Locris was founded by Greek colonists between the 8th-and 7th century on a flatland along the Ionian coast. It was among the main towns that actively participated in the troubled political and artistic life of the Magna Graecia, and it survived during the Roman and Late Ancient periods, until Arab raids and malaria forced the population to leave. Locri cooking is rich and site-specific, and local specialties still follow the traditional recipes of the area. Home-made liqueurs, like limoncello, citrus mix and nocino, are produced as well. High-quality olive oil, the leading product of Aspromonte economy, is obtained from centuries-old olive trees and pressed by the many ancient and modern olive oil mills present in the area.


Address Via G. Matteotti, 152
  89045 Locri (RC)
Phone number 0964 391406
Fax 0964 21688
Website http://locri.asmenet.it/


The archaeological area covers more than 230 hectares and includes two sites: the uphill public area that contains the Agora, temples and public buildings, and the seawards residential and working area, with houses, kilns and wells. The Antiquarium rooms exhibit the rich artifacts collections found in the Ionic and Doric temples of the ancient town. The entrance to the archaeological area of the temple of Marasà and Centocamere excavations is located outside the Antiquarium. In the Marasà district, the ruins of the hugest temple in the town can be visited. The temple was erected in 480 B.C. On the hillslopes, a typical Greek Theater stands, that was however renovated in the Roman period. The House of the Lions, equipped with arcades and decoration, and the Sanctuary of Aphrodite, where 37 sacred wells with sacrificial remains and votive objects were discovered, deserve to be visited. In the Mannella area, the rests of the Sanctuary of Persephone dating to the second half of the 5th century B.C. can be seen.

Antonimina-Locri Thermae were already renowned and appreciated in ancient times. The modern Antonimina-Locri spa complex was built at the end of the 19th century and it was recently modernized and expanded. It is located in a hilly area, a few kilometers far from the Ionian Sea and Aspromonte, surrounded by a wonderful landscape and fascinating archaeological sites. The thermal waters, also called Acque sante locresi (Locri sacred waters), are classified as thermo-mineral, isotonic and slightly sulfurous, ideal for baths, muds, aerosol-therapy, nebulization, irrigations, insufflations and showers, beauty treatments, massages and hydromassages. Spring water temperature is 35°C, and waters are helpful in the treatment of female sterility, respiratory and circulation diseases. The spa resort also includes sport facilities for tennis, five-a-side football, bocce, basket, volley, riding, in addition to dancing and clubs, to provide customers with psycho-physical well-being and leisure activities.

Locri is a renowned bathing resort visited by tourists who are attracted by endless beaches, clean sea water, thermo-mineral spring bathing and several tourist accommodation facilities.

The National Museum of Epizephyrian Locris was established in 1971 near the ancient town. It keeps the archaeological collections that were housed in the Civic Museum, closed in 1969, and a large number of artifacts. The important finds have been discovered during excavations carried out in Locri from 1950s to present day mainly in the sites of Centocamere, sanctuaries in the districts of Marasà, Parapezza, Mannella, necropoles located in Lucifero and Parapezza districts and in other Locri areas. The Museum gives a complete picture of the excavations in Epizephyrian Locris, and the archaeological sites open to the public are presented. New findings from the excavation campaigns that involved important Roman Empire buildings in the heart of the ancient town, have continuously enriched the Museum’s collection. The Picture Gallery and the Museum of the Arts, that houses oil paintings, drawings and sculptures by Trifoglio, Pasquale Panetta and other national and international artists, are worth a visit.