Tropea is a seaside resort with impressive scenery in the region of Calabria, in the south of Italy. This stretch of coastline on the Tyrrhenian Sea is called the Costa degli Dei, the ‘Coast of the Gods’, and it is hugely Admired by Those in the know as one of Italy’s finest summer holiday destinations. The coastline curves outwards in a large hilly bulge, boasting dramatic cliffs, sunny beaches, and a string of little resorts and campsites. Tropea is the busiest and most attractive of These seaside towns; with a historic center perched on cliffs above the sea.
The history of Tropea begins in Roman times, when along its coast, Sextus Pompey defeated Octavius. In the south of Tropea, the Romans had built a commercial port, in the locality of Formicoli (from the name Forum of Hercules), mentioned by Pliny and Strabo.
Due to its peculiar position as terrace on the sea, Tropea played an important role during Roman, Norman and Aragonese times. In the surrounding areas have been found tombs dating back to the Magna Graecia period.
Tropea is interesting and large enough to serve as a base for a longer holiday, and the local railway line and boat trips allow a certain amount of exploration without the need to drive. Although it is not particularly well-known to Inglese-speaking travelers, Tropea is popular with Italians and with sun-seeking Germans, many of whom-south drive in camper vans or head for the area’s campsites. Italians mostly holiday in July and August; in May, June and September Both Tropea is cheaper and less crowded while still Should the weather be warm and sunny.
ATTRACTIONS IN TROPEA
Tropea is a seaside resort, so there aren’t many places to visit in town except for the beaches. The sight seeing attractions mainly include the many beaches and the older section of the town that are lined with ancient houses and villas, many of which are old and crumbling. The many pedestrian streets, lined with outdoor cafes and gelatarias, are one of the main pastimes for the locals as well as the tourists that visit Tropea.
Corso Vittorio Emmanuele
One of the favorite places for the locals as well as the tourists is the Corso Vittorio Emanuale. This long street is lined with several tiny cafes where tons of tourists are seen sitting at all times of the day with coffees and drink or they lazily wander up and down the road. At the end of the road is a dead end which is marked with railings from where visitors can enjoy beautiful views of the sea.
The Historic Center
The historic center of Tropea is one of the most interesting places to visit in the town. This part of the town is located high up on a cliff and is characterized by a maze of narrow winding streets and lanes. There are traces here and there of the old walls which once had been built to protect the town. There are several old houses and palaces which are painted in pastel colors that are beautiful to look at and small Piazzas with outdoor café tables and chairs.
The Piazza Ercole is the central square in Tropea and it is the most lively and vibrant. There are several impressive buildings on all sides of the square especially the main tourist information office as well as several travel agencies that provide boat excursions to the nearby areas are all located here.
Santa Maria dell’Isola
Santa Maria dell’Isola is located on the top of a hill looking over the sea. The monastery is quite large and is surrounded by beautiful gardens that has an impressive architecture and that has been recently renovated.
One of the most important religious places in Tropea is the main Duomo or the cathedral of Tropea. The Norman cathedral is also one of the most interesting buildings in the town, known for its impressive architecture and inside it there are various beautiful decorations and impressive art works.
Palazzo Vescovile or the Bishop’s Palace is worth visiting since it is an impressive building. The palace is now home of the Diocesan Museum that has a collection of religious art but its just open from April to October and it also has several wooden sculptures and statues as well as silver reliquaries.
|Convento della Pietà Palazzo Giffone|
Santa Maria dell’Isola