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article imageTropea, a real cliffhanger on your Italian vacation

By Anne Sewell     Oct 27, 2014 in Travel
Tropea - Tropea is located in Calabria in southern Italy. Offering vistas of palaces, hanging from the sheer rocky cliffs, golden sand beaches and turquoise water, this charming town has plenty to offer visitors.
Walking the streets of this southern Italian town is a constant fascination, with a series of interesting shops as well as restaurants and cafes along the way. There are also many interesting and historic buildings to be seen, including, as mentioned above, a series of old palaces, which are quite literally hanging on to the side of the cliffs that surround the town. In front of the town and looking out to sea, Santa Maria dell’Isola is an old monastery perched on a rocky outcropping.
Santa Maria dell’Isola  Tropea  Calabria  Italy
Santa Maria dell’Isola, Tropea, Calabria, Italy
Przemyslaw "Blueshade" Idzkiewicz
The only possible drawback in this lovely location is that visitors have to either climb down (and of course up) a series of steps to get to the gorgeous beach from the old town above. There is also a roadway, zig-zagging its way down the rocky incline. It can be seen from the image below that this beach is popular in summer, despite this walk.
Photo taken from the stairway down to the beach in Tropea  Italy.
Photo taken from the stairway down to the beach in Tropea, Italy.
The coastline reaching out from either side of Tropea is known as the Costa degli Dei, or “Coast of the Gods” in English, and the reasons are obvious to see. However, along with the golden sandy beach, with its clean turquoise water, Tropea offers another popular swimming destination, located on a reef in the Gulf of St. Euphemia. Connected to the mainland by a narrow strip of land, this popular spot heads out into the Tyrrhenian Sea.
Getting to Tropea is relatively easy. For those coming in by air, Lamezia Terme has the nearest airport, but a more slow and relaxed way to get there is by train. A scenic railway line branches off from the Naples-Reggio de Calabria route at Lamezia Terme, taking travelers along the beautiful coastline, around Capo Vaticano and making a stop at the station in Tropea on its journey.
Tartufo from Pizzo: Chocolate gelato with a core of vanilla gelato  and covered in chocolate and syr...
Tartufo from Pizzo: Chocolate gelato with a core of vanilla gelato, and covered in chocolate and syrup.
Anna Fox
Having seen everything that Tropea has to offer, visitors can find much to do in the surrounding areas. Using the local train service, there are several picturesque fishing towns and small seaside resorts to visit down the coast, including Scilla, offering a castle on its headland, and pretty Pizzo, a town which is famous for its delicious Tartufo, a chocolate truffle ice cream.
An evening boat trip out from Tropea takes visitors to the Aeolian Islands, where it is possible to view the eruptions of Stromboli, an active volcano and island in the area.
Stromboli  an active volcano and island in Italy
Stromboli, an active volcano and island in Italy
All in all, for a stay in a beautiful and historic location, with lovely beaches and much to offer, Tropea and the surrounding areas are a great option on an Italian vacation.
Sunset at Tropea  Italy
Sunset at Tropea, Italy
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