|Comune di Bova Marina|
Panoramic view of Bova Marina
|Province||Province of Reggio Calabria (RC)|
|Frazioni||Mesofugna, Amigdalà, Borgo, Centro, Costa dei Saraceni, Apambero, San Pasquale|
|• Total||29.5 km2 (11.4 sq mi)|
|Elevation||20 m (70 ft)|
|Population (December 2004)|
|• Density||130/km2 (340/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
Bova Marina (Calabrian Greek: Jalò tu Vùa) is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Reggio Calabria in the Italian region Calabria, located about 120 kilometres (75 mi) southwest of Catanzaro and about 30 kilometres (19 mi) southeast of Reggio Calabria. As of 31 December 2004, it had a population of 3,870 and an area of 29.5 square kilometres (11.4 sq mi).
The municipality of Bova Marina contains the frazioni (subdivisions, mainly villages and hamlets) of Mesofugna (Greek: Mesofonè), Amigdalà (Greek: Amygdalià), Borgo, Centro, Costa dei Saraceni, Apambero (Greek: Apambyros), and San Pasquale.
As evidenced by the above Greek place names, Bova Marina is one of the places where the Greek–Calabrian dialect is still spoken, a remnant of the ancient Greek coloniaztion of Magna Graecia (South Italy and Sicily).
In 1983, during excavations for roadwork, the ruins of the Bova Marina Synagogue were discovered. This is the second oldest confirmed site of a synagogue in Italy, the oldest being the ancient synagogue of Ostia Antica near Rome. Parts of the ancient mosaic floor are still intact, which display ancient Jewish symbols, such as the menorah and Solomon's knot.
- All demographics and other statistics from the Italian statistical institute (Istat)
- New York Times article about the discovery of the Bova Marina synagogue