Hotel La Praia

Via Marina, Zambrone, Calabria, 89868, Italy
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What's to do?

by ababroad

My partner & I are spending a week in Tropea,Italy where I hope to enroll in a language school to brush up my Italian. What else is there to do in the afternoons seing as I will be at school every morning until 13:00?
Any clues on dining out or good places to eat would also be appreciated?
Cheers\AB

RE: What's to do?

by myriam_c

Will you have a car during your stay? There are fabulous beaches (in case you're going in the summer) in and around Tropea, my favorite one being in Santa Maria di Ricadi. Pizzo isn't too far away. It's a pretty little city renowned for its Tartufo ice specialty. Worth a visit are the Castello and the Chiesetta di Piedigrotta.
Further away (too far for half day trips) but worth a visit are Scilla (near Reggio di Calabria) and Gerace and Locri at the Ionian Sea. Also the Parco Nazionale dell' Aspromonte is beautiful.
Re restaurants: I didn't really find one that stood out, they all serve pretty much the same. The local specialty is red onion and peperoncini, those are all over the place.

RE: What's to do?

by cgf

don't forget to go to 'capo vaticano' :-)

Travel Tips for Tropea

`The Three Crosses`

by isolina_it

Every year, on 3 May, at Tropea there is the festival called I Tri Da Cruci (the Three Crosses). Its name originates from the three wooden crosses that, after the collapse of the small holy building in which they were housed, were later placed in the church of the souls in purgatory and nowadays are still objects of great veneration. The festival, set in the period of the Saracen invasions, refers to various episodes in the history of Tropea, especially to the participation of many of its townspeople in the Battle of Lepanto. Among these citizens, Colonel Gaspare Toraldo particularly distinguished himself, who captured a Moorish ship, capturing 30 men and their captain, the Rais Zesbinassan. Moreover, tradition has it that the return of the Tropean men was heralded by a dove, that the victors freed to announce the victory of the cross over the half moon. This event led to the definitive liberation of Tropea from the infidel. During the festival therefore, the driving away of the Saracens is acted out and, in particular, the capture of the tax official who, hated by everyone, is led through the streets of the town on a camel collecting taxes. The infidel, impersonated by an effigy stuffed with fireworks, is followed by the "borghigiani", who finally manage to unseat him and set him alight.

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