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Bova Marina is located about 120 km southwest of Catanzaro and about 30 km southeast of Reggio Calabria. Bova Marina contains the frazioni (subdivisions, mainly villages and hamlets) Mesofugna, Amigdalą, Borgo, Centro, Costa dei Saraceni, Apambero, and San Pasquale.
Bova Marina is one of the places where is still spoken the GreekCalabrian dialect - remnant of the ancient Greek coloniaztion of Magna Graecia, i.e. South Italy and Sicily.
In 1983, during excavations for roadwork, the ruins of a 4th century synagogue were discovered in Bova Marina. 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.
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