In Reggio Calabria, in the homonymous piazza, the Aragonese Castle contains centuries of history and is considered, together with the Riace Bronzes, one of the city's symbols.
Even though it is referred to as Aragonese, its origins are indeed much older.
Throughout the centuries it has been restored and enlarged by its conquerors: from the Normans to the Angevins and the Aragonese.
It was Ferdinando I of Aragon who, in 1458, commissioned the most substantial of the Castle's modifications, expanding it to its maximum size and grandeur.The building began to decay in the very early 19th Century. Various collapses and demolitions had dotted its history until the recent and radical restoration that brought it back to its original splendor. Today it is the seat of expositions and art exhibitions.