IH Reggio Calabria

Reggio Calabria, Italy

IH British School Reggio Calabria opened its doors in 1964 as the first English language school in Reggio Calabria, and has been teaching generations of families ever since! 

The school is in the heart of the city, just a stone’s throw from the beach, with breathtaking views of Mount Etna across the Strait of Messina.

In terms of teacher training, we run the Cambridge CELTA course, the TKT modules for local state school teachers, and tailor-made teacher training programmes on request. We also run the International House Certificate in Teaching Young Learners and Teenagers for our in-service teachers, in addition to a fully-developed in-service teacher training programme. 

With regard to English language courses, we offer a wide range of courses to learners aged from 3 through to adults, and ranging in level from Beginner to C2 (Proficiency). We also teach History, Biology and Maths in English in local state schools.

Marco and Patrizia, a husband and wife duo, took the school over from the founder, Patrizia’s mother Christa, some years ago. Like Christa, they have always invested a lot in the professional development of the entire staff, and it was this philosophy of being a learning organisation that contributed to their decision to join the IH network in 2015. 

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Life in and around Reggio Calabria

Nestled between the mountains and the sea, Reggio Calabria offers visitors the perfect mix of culture, gastronomy, and stunning views. A medium-sized town right on the toe of Italy, opposite Sicily and off the tourist trail, it’s surrounded by breathtaking beaches, mountains as far as the eye can see, historical landmarks, and culinary experiences that are the city’s best known secret.

The ‘lungomare’,  or ‘seafront’, is often referred to as the most beautiful kilometre in Italy; you can almost reach out and caress the snowy peak of Mount Etna! History buffs will love the city’s museum that holds the ‘Bronzi di Riace’: two full-size Greek bronzes of bearded warriors that date back to about 450 BC and pay tribute to the city’s location in ‘Magna Grecia’.

There are plenty of wonderful nearby destinations for weekend trips. Scilla, a short, twenty-minute train journey away, is a beautiful little seaside town with buckets of character and tantalising seafood. If the area’s history is more your thing, why not head to Bova or Locri to visit Greek ruins rarely seen by foreigners? Further afield, Sicily is easily accessed by ferry in less than an hour, and short trips take you directly to the unspoiled Aeolian Islands.

Studying with IH Reggio Calabria

There are a range of options available for international visitors travelling to Reggio Calabria. The easiest option is to fly to the international airport in Reggio, where we will pick you up on arrival. Alternatively, you can fly to Lamezia Terme in Calabria and take a train to Reggio, or fly to Catania in Sicily and take a bus or train to Messina, followed by a short ferry ride to Reggio. However you get here, we’ll pick you up on arrival in the city and take you to your accommodation!  

The school is very close to different transport networks. The nearest train station is about 2 minutes on foot, and ferries depart regularly for Sicily at the port that is equally nearby. For those coming with a car, parking outside the school is free and spaces are usually abundant in summer. 

There are several eateries within 2 minutes’ walking distance of the school that offer a variety of reasonably-priced, tempting food and typically good Italian coffee. 

The nearest big supermarket is a couple of minutes on foot from the school and offers a range of Italian and international products. To give you a rough idea of prices, a kilo of oranges will cost about €1.50, a Big Mac €4.30, and a bottle of beer in a local bar €3. But you will probably prefer to try our local food specialities! 

Local Food in Reggio


IH Reggio will happily arrange reasonably-priced shared or single accommodation for the duration of the course. As there is a substantial amount of administrative work involved in this process, we ask for a small accommodation placement fee of €40. 

Alternatively, we are happy to advise trainees organising their own accommodation on the best areas of the city to be based in. You should budget to spend about €75 per week including bills for shared accommodation, or  €175 for single accommodation.