Tropea – Capo Vaticano

This is an excerpt from the book “Calabria“ by Enrico Massetti.


Tropea lies along the south Tyrrhenian coast; it is one of the most beautiful towns in Calabria.

Tropea rises austere and majestic out of the peninsula of Monte Poro, which lies between the two gulfs of Sant’Eufemia and Gioia.

Tropea overlooks a mirror-like sky-blue, crystal-clear sea, with its incredible rocks: “La Pizzuta,” “Formicoli,” “San Leonardo” and “Isola Bella.”

The white, wild, sandy beaches snake their way into little grottoes and creeks and are interrupted by valleys and fertile, rippling hills full of fruit and citrus trees, onion and vegetable fields, lime trees, bougainvillea, verbena, jasmine and other sweet-smelling Mediterranean plants.

In addition to the limpid, unpolluted sea, Tropea has a fascinating historical and artistic profile, thanks to its patrician houses with their impressive entrances adorned by capitals frescoed by prominent artists and to the numerous, ancient churches, rich in sacred images that recall peculiar local legends.

Tropea’s typical little-deserted squares, reachable only by way of narrow alleys and populated by mythical ghosts, take us back to the Saracen invasions days.

Tropea received a “five-sail” for the top 10 rating from Legambiente, the Italia association of environmentalists, which uses 128 parameters for its yearly quality test. These ratings take into account natural beauty, pollution but also tourist structures, noise levels, and environment-friendly waste systems.

Where to stay in Tropea

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Capo Vaticano
Capo Vaticano

Capo Vaticano

Capo Vaticano is the last strip of land before the Straits of Messina, thrusting dramatically from the sea, its white rocks battered and eroded by centuries of breakers that taught sailors to respect and fear this fascinating, almost mysterious place.

Capo Vaticano majestically enthroned in a turquoise sea, dominates the archipelago of the Aeolian Islands to the north-west, the Gulf of Lamezia Terme to the north-east, the Gulf of Gioia Tauro to the south-west and, beyond, the Straits of Messina culminating in Mount Etna in Sicily.

This part of Calabria, which overlooks the Tyrrhenian Sea, contains the ancient fascination of a thousand years of history.

The sea of Capo Vaticano caresses the snow-white beaches and the wildness of the rocks and make visitors lose their sense of time, as it conceals beneath its waves the secrets of ancient shipwrecks, the relics of which have frequently been discovered.

Fishing dominates life in the area; its waters are visited by the great swordfish, tuna, blue sharks, etc. as they cross the Capo Vaticano every spring.

Where to stay in Capo Vaticano

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