Bova Marina (Calabrian Greek: Γιαλός του Βούα, Jalò tu Vunà; Calabrian: A Marìna) is a comune (municipality) in the Metropolitan City 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.
|Comune di Bova Marina|
Panoramic view of Bova Marina
|Metropolitan city||Reggio Calabria (RC)|
|Frazioni||Mesofugna, Amigdalà, Borgo, Centro, Costa dei Saraceni, Apambero, San PasqualeMetropolitan City|
|• Mayor||Saverio Zavettieri|
|• Total||29.5 km2 (11.4 sq mi)|
|Elevation||20 m (70 ft)|
(31 December 2012)
|• Density||140/km2 (360/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
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 colonization 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.
- "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
- "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
- All demographics and other statistics from the Italian statistical institute (Istat)
- New York Times article about the discovery of the Bova Marina synagogue
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