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Museo Nazionale della Magna Grecia

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Reggio has one of southern Italy's most important archaeological museums, its prize exhibit being two statues, known as the Bronzi di Riace, that were discovered by an amateur deep-sea diver off Calabria's Ionian Coast in 1972. Flaunting physiques gym enthusiasts would die for, they are thought to date from the 5th century BC and have been attributed to both Pheidias and Polykleitos. It's possible they were taken by the Romans as trophies from the site of Delphi and then shipwrecked on the trip to Italy. At the time of writing the museum is undergoing extensive renovation works so the bronzes and main exhibits are on display every day from 9 am to 7 pm at Palazzo Campanella (Via Cardinale Portanova, 0965/812255, free admission). If you're making a special trip to see them, call the tourist office, the museum, or the Palazzo to ascertain their current whereabouts.

Updated: 02-15-2013

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