The Regent Hotel is located in front of the incomparable view of the Straits of Messina, with Peloritani Mounts, Capo Taormina and the smoking Etna Volcano in the background. In the VIII Paradise poem of the Divine Comedy, Dante quotes Catona ".....e quel corno d'Ausonia che s'imborga di Bari, di Gaeta e di Catona da ove Tronto e Verde in mare sgorga...".

Catona, indeed, was in the past a famous stronghold where the battles between the Angevins and the Aragonese took place. St Francis of Paola, leaving from Catona, crossed the Straits of Messina on his cloak and thanks to it, in 1943, he was declared Patron of the Italian Harbours by Pio XII and in 1962 Patron of Calabria by Pope XXIII.

Still today people worship with zeal St. Francis of Paola and a 15-metre Statue (looking at the sea), created by sir G. Polimeni, has been put in the little square dedicated to Him, nearly opposite the Regent Hotel.

reggio-calTen minutes away there is the City centre with its Lungomare, defined by the Italian writer D'Annunzio as " the most beautiful Kilometer of Italy"; furthermore The Magna Grecia Museum, tha Aragonese Castle, The Cathedral, the Greek and Roman Wall. However Reggio Calabria is not only culture but there are many others activities, organized all over the year, which animate the City: National and International sporting activities, open-air Cinema, live music.

30 Minutes far from our garden,it is possible to reach mountains full of charm such as the Aspromonte area, with its view on the Tirreno and Ionio Sea or Gambarie with its system for winter sports. Around the Aspromonte area it is possible to organize excursion, trekking path, rock climbing, canyoning and paleontology path, followed by experts;

Hotel could easily combine relaxing or working moments with the tour to touristic area such us Scilla, with its fishing village, Chianalea ,caracterized by houses lightly touched by the sea, and to the archeological sites of Calabria (Gerace, Locri, Epizephiri, Serra San Bruno, the Cathedral of Stilo); thanks to its position it is also possible to reach Sicily (Messina, Taormina, Isole Eolie, Catania, Acitrezza, Acicastello....) to discover all the charm of this ancient lands.

taorminaA  special care goes to the striking " open-air Arena", just opposite the Cala Morgana Village on the Sea, where the International "Catona Theatre" show hosts every summer famous personalities, coming from the show business



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