Welcome to Tropea
Population: 6,843 (2003)
Ringed by cliffs and wonderful sandy
beaches, the Tropea promontory is
reason unto itself to
visit the region of Calabria. This
town is one of my all time favourite place
in Italy. The best time to visit is
anytime between May and November.
Tropea, easily wins the contest for
prettiest town on the Calabria Tyrrhenian
coast, with its
old palazzi built in simple golden stone
right into the cliffs. There is
still a quite, humbleness to this town,
that seems to have been lost in many other
places in Italy due to so much mass
tourism. Thankfully, the big tour
operators haven't made Tropea their
On a clear day, from
Tropea, you can see the Aeolian islands
and visiting the four volcanic islands for
a day makes visiting Tropea all the more
worthwhile. The islands can
be visited by motorboats that depart daily
from Tropea in the summer.
Accomodations in Tropea
perhaps some of the best in the Region of
Calabria and those in pursuit of luxury or
those that simply love the beach and don't
mind more authentic accommodations like
the wondeful agriturismos in the area,
will not be disappointed.
There is a wonderful
choice of magnificent sandy bays
that extend from
Lamezia to Nicotera. Tropea is built
right above some of the most beautiful
white sand beaches in the Mediterranean.
magnificent stretch of coast is reason
alone to visit this area, don't be fooled.
There is much to be enjoyed in the town of
Tropea itself. There are some
beautiful piazzas, great shopping, and a
beautiful Norman Cattedrale, whose
interior displays a couple of unexploded
US bombs from World War II, with grateful
prayer to the Madonna attached to each.
From belvedere at the bottom of the main
square, Piazza Ercole, the church and
Benedictine monastery of Santa Maria della
Isola glistens on a rocky pormontory above
an aquamarine sea.
stroll out to
visit the church on a path lined wiht
fishermen's caves. Of Basilian
origin, the church was remodeled in Gothic
style, then given another face-lift after
an earthquake in 1905. The interior
has an 18th-century nativity and some
fragments of medieval tombs.
Sunset from the town of Tropea is truly
spectacular with the sun setting directly
on the church of Santa Maria with the
Aeolian Islands in the distance.
There are wonderful chic cafes that sit
directly on the edge of the town (and the
cliffs) that allow you to take in the
breathtaking views at sunset and I highly
recommend it. For a fraction of the
price of some backstreet bar in Rome, you
can enjoy the flavours and views of
Southern Italy that at dusk seem nothing
less than heavenly.
After the sun-sets, Tropea is alive with
the sounds and smells that come from chic
bars, cafes and restaurants that stay open
late and are alive with the hospitality
and kindness of the people that is unique
to this part of the world.