Reggio Calabria, located on the toe of the Italian boot, is the capital of the province of Reggio Calabria. It was the capital of the southern region of Calabria until 1970 when this became Catanzaro. It has about 180,000 inhabitants, and faces the sea on the other side of which lies the Sicilian city of Messina. The two cities are closely connected, being 20 minutes apart by ferry.
Reggio Calabria was the hometown of Gianni Versace, and his family were tailors in Reggio Calabria.