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reggio di calabria is the largest and oldest city in the region of calabria, italy dating back to the 8th century BC. located on the toe of the italian boot,
across from the island of sicily, its the capital of the province of reggio calabria and the headquarters of the regional council of calabria. the city proper has about 200,000 inhabitants, but the population of the urban area is more. the area has been subjected to several earthquakes and tsunami waves, over the centuries. the worst earthquakes came in 1783 and on decemebr 28, 1908. it was founded as rhegion by greek settlers in the 8th century BC. during the roman empire it was called rhegium julium as a noble roman city. later it became a byzantine city, and in the 12th century, it became part of the kingdom of sicily, and then in the 13th century, it became part of the kingdom of naples.
reggio di calabria was the hometown of fashion guru, the late gianni versace, where his family were tailors. its present mayor (since june 1, 2002) is giusseppe scopelliti.

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