Locri is an Italian municipality of 12 500 inhabitants in the Metropolitan Area of Reggio Calabria. It is the seat of the homonymous district of administrative, cultural and religious decentralization of the Locride territory, it is the center of a territory that is represented on our site which includes 42 municipalities with a population of about 135,000 inhabitants.
<< From Locri begins the forehead of Italy called Magna Grecia in three gulfs of the sea Ausonius, so called because the Ausoni first dominated it. According to Marrone, the source extends for 86 miles, but most believe that it measures 75 miles. Along this coast the rivers are numerous, but it deserves to be remembered after Locri il Sagra; follow the remains of Caulonia, Castro Consilio and Cocinto, which some believe to be the longest promontory in Italy >>
Pliny the Elder, Naturalis Historia III 95
The history of Locri is closely linked to the history of two other Locri Epizefiri centers, polis of Magna Grecia, of which today a vast archeological area and a large museum remain, of which Locri is precisely the heart and Gerace, a medieval city of the ninth century. After the Roman conquest of Locri Epizephiri and following both the Turkish raids, the town was gradually abandoned and the inhabitants moved to the safer hills of the hinterland giving life to Gerace. In the nineteenth century, thanks also to the advent of the railway, the return of the population to the coastal areas was seen.
Since the twentieth century, the municipality has assumed the role of administrative and cultural center of the surrounding area, hosting numerous offices such as schools, the criminal and civil court, the bishop’s seat, banks, a hospital, the state archive.