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For the statues, see Riace bronzes.
Comune di Riace
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Coat of arms of Riace
Coat of arms
Riace is located in Italy
Location of Riace in Italy
Coordinates: 38°25′N 16°29′E / 38.417°N 16.483°E / 38.417; 16.483
Country Italy
Region Calabria
Province Reggio Calabria (RC)
 • Mayor Domenico Lucano
 • Total 16.1 km2 (6.2 sq mi)
Population (December 2015)[1]
 • Total 2,800
 • Density 170/km2 (450/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Riacesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 89040
Dialing code 0964
Patron saint Saints Cosmas and Damian
Santi Cosma and Damiano's fiest (2010)

Riace is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Reggio Calabria in the Italian region Calabria, located about 50 kilometres (31 mi) south of Catanzaro and about 80 kilometres (50 mi) northeast of Reggio Calabria. Riace borders the municipalities of Camini and Stignano.

It is especially famous as the site in which, in 1972, the Bronzi di Riace (Riace bronzes), Greek bronze statues of warriors (now in the Museo Nazionale della Magna Grecia in Reggio Calabria) were found in the sea.

It has also reached worldwide attention through its innovative approach to dealing with refugees, about 400 of whom have settled there among the 2,800 inhabitants, revitalising the village and preventing the closure of the village school.[2] The mayor, Domenico Lucano, came second runner-up in the 2010 World Mayor competition. (The winner was the Mayor of Mexico City, which has about nine million citizens.)[3]


  1. ^ All demographics and other statistics from the Italian statistical institute (Istat)
  2. ^ "Italian mayor saves his village by welcoming refugees" By Lucy Ash, BBC News
  3. ^ World Mayor 2010 results

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