Not to be confused with Reggio Emilia, Reggio di Calabria on the shores of the Straits of Messina in South Italy, was founded in the second half of the VIII century B.C. by the 'calcidesi' from Eubea who left their native Greece seeking fortune abroad. Rhegion, soon joined Naxos and Zancle (Messina) to become the centre of trade, political and military power of the Magna Grecia.
It wasn't all an upward curve however and the colourful ancient history of the city features power struggles between the despot Anassilao and his sons, battles between Sparta and Athens, destruction by Dionisio in 387 B.C. (who deported the inhabitants to Siracusa) and Roman occupation from 270 B.C. following the Punic Wars.