this summer the local tourism office organize free escursion by coach on the road of history, into the incontaminated nature to explore the old crafts of excellent craftsman, and rare gastronomi products.There was the Green route to discover the stone-masons, th eart to prepare rare liquors, deliciouse mushroom picked around Serra San Bruno and the...more
Tropea is the main villages in Costa degli Dei, one of the best seaside area in Italy...so it's a good think to make a tour....there are organize bus tour ( ask to your hotel or to the tourism office in the main road of Tropea), take a boat trip from the port of Tropea or other beach villages ( there are many) or rent a car and find a good...more
It is pleasant stroll up to the Chiesa dell'Isola, a church dedicated to seafarers, that sits on top of a rocky outcrop that juts out into the sea.Some believe that it rose on the site of a fourth-century Basilian cell; we know, however, that Pope Urban II assigned it to the Abbey of Montecassino in 1077. Rebuilt in Gothic style and consecrated on...more
In the area of Torre Galli, inland of Tropea, a Pre-Hellenic necropolis was unearthed, dating back to the late Iron Age, whose remains proved to be of great importance for an understanding of the Italian community in the period immediately preceding Greek colonisation. The 336 graves, mostly inhumations, provided a great deal of funerary apparel,...more
Tropea has on e of the most interesting and beautiful Historic Centres in the whole of Calabria. Slightly damaged by the disastrous seventeenth and eighteenth-century earthquakes, it has kept its origin urban physiognomy of almost integral buildings from those centuries. Here noblemen's houses of great beauty and architectural value can be admired,...more
The Cathedral - a sixteenth century Norman temple - where all the faithful of the town gather, was probably built on the ruins of an ancient church of Greek rite. According to a citizen of Tropea and the author of "Il Crocifisso nero dei Vescovado di Tropea" (1922), marquis Felice Toraldo, the cathedral was built in the fifteenth century and...more
It does not seem a restaurant, but it seems an emporium where you can find everything from fruit to the bathing costume. The cuisine is perfect, really Tropeana, the wife of the owner is a perfect cooker:t a troupe of Italian television, that has spent many months for a movie in Tropea, usually have dinner here and they leave a 'diploma' to thanks...more
The restaurant is managed by a large family. His father, after spending many years on merchant ships, is the pizza and the pizza is very good, cooked in a wood oven ... the kitchen is run by a mother and child during the day leaving by boat for fishing fresh fish for the restaurant. During high season the whole family helps in the restaurant, two...more
In every restaurant u can find local dishes with this ingredient inside....i't very hot and spicy but it traditional here.N'duja is a special soft sausage that u can put like 'majonaise' on the bread!Keep attention because this sausege is full of Peperoncino, red hot chili pepper!But is wonderfull......in the pasta tomato sauce, inthe fish dishes,...more
Prodotti casarecci, Largo Vaccari (just beyond the Piazzetta Panoramica that leads to the city center). Cesarina Stupia sells all kinds of local specialties: onions, anchovies, sun-dried to-matoes, olives, eggplants, local tuna in oil, artichokes, capers, dried or baked figs, olive spread, peperoncino (dried or in oil) and 'nduja.Ditta F....more
During high tourist season most restaurants are open every day.Trattoria al Timone, Piazza del Duomo. No telephone. No credit cards. Moderately inexpensive. This nice place faces the attractive Duomo on what is a relatively quiet piazza, except for the occasional passing motorino and the sound of children playing soccer in the courtyard. There are...more
For a small town (population seven thousand), Tropea has many food specialties, thanks to fertile land and a generous sea. The red onions of Tropea are the most famous specialty, and the eggplants, capers, tomatoes, and fish are also excellent. The local pasta is filej, short macaroni that look like thick string beans and are chewy in texture. They...more
Tropea have a lot of nightlife opportunity during the hig season, in the town there are a lot of lounge bar, pub and resturant...there are also disco with the best dj's in Italy.
If you want to have all the info you have to ask at the tourist information poin in the main central road or ask to the young people in the big square and in the nearby lounge bar: they can give you all the indication for a 'hig voltage' night......but if you want a more quite oppotunity Tropea offers classic, jazz concert, firworks, a lot of 'sagre' in the nearby where you can spend a good evening...ask the complete calendar to te Pro Loco ( Piazza Ecole TRopea - tel 0039 0963 61475)
Rememeber that in the hig season there are a lot of people outside!
We spent our last vacation in low season ( september ) and the best evening was a hot shover and a good glass of wine on our balcony looking to the sunset with Vulcano island ath the horizon, and Tropea on the left! gorgeouse coloure and parfumes!
Tropea is famous worldwide for some of its products, such as red Tropea onion, a wonderfull onion that is present in almost all the local cuisine. Tropea you can not leave without having tasted its best: Fileja, hand made pasta, often seasoned with tomato sauce, or with 'nduja and with Monte Poro cheese on top.Mount Poro pecorino, sheep's milk...more
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,...more
Every year, from the beginning of June to about mid-September, the Tropea Town Council promotes a rich series of events entitled "Tropea Summer". The varied occasions include permanent exhibitions, classical and light music concerts, musical events enlivened by karaoke, theatrical performances and motorcycle rallies. A special place is dedicated to...more
If you have booked down there for a touristi village or residence there are plenty of directions, just take care where they are and try to understand what they say. Looking for highway directions we found a bunch of signals in the middle of a crossroad, not very easy place to stop by and read!
Thanks gardentimeje, the feeling is mutual. I was there once and I feel it is too long a drive from Rome or Naples to just see the beach. I was there in beginning of July 2002 and it was hot but we couldn't swim, there was a high tide warning the whole time I was there. I was bored at night and the menus were repetitive. Being a southern part of Italy where it's supposedly less well-off than the north, yet the owners of restaurants and convenient stores should be a little sharper towards tourism. I saw once a man in a convenient shop charge a tourist 4 Euros for a bottle of water.. in a store. Of course the tourist knew he was being scammed.. it's sad to get this treatment. Having said this, with this mentality even the rooms are expensive and shabbier than other places, like the Algarve in Portugal I found much better and cheaper, and a 3 hr drive from Lisbon or a biggr airport in Algarve. Besides the beach, if there is nothing else to do but visit small quiet towns which seem to be the same everwhere, it's not worth my trip! By the way I am going to Turkey this year, I think I will be very busy with different things there!
Unique Suggestions: Try to stay on the beach and avoid shops and restaurants directly in Tropea. Ask before buying and ask before sitting in a restaurant on what is included and if there is a cover charge.
Before settling in a hotel, ask what is included, most don't book less than 3 nights.. also ask if it's half or full pension, if you don't eat something on the menu if they can offer and alternative.
Most of all, beware, most hotels here have paper thin walls and screaming children. In the morning you will likely be awaken chairs being dragged over your head, people slamming doors, or talking loud. Make sure you see the room before commiting.
Try www.booking.com or maybe Tripadvisor if they have but again, even there...
Fun Alternatives: If you are looking for a beach holiday, I found Algarve in Portugal more appealing, closer and less shabbier, also less expensive. By the way, for those who think I may be Portuguese, I am not, I am Italian :) And not from the north either :) This is just my opinion. I found it sad they'd charge a tourist 100 Euros for an airport transfer...
this area is perfect for scuba diving, but if you have no time to do it you can simply take a pair of fins and google to do a swim in the blue clear sea, watching all the marine animals....I was playing in the water with my little son when a man appear near me with a octopus around his hand....the octopuss was a little bit scared and when the man put the hand in the water again the swim away leaving a balck ink stripe in the water...Nina was estoniched and happy to see a strang animal!
Zambrone is an agricultural centre of Monte Poro, next to the broad stream Potame. It was bora in 1310 tharrks to the inhabitants of Aramons, who, after Robert of Anjou had ordered to set fire to their houses, firstly took refuge in the area of S. Giovannello and later in the present area to escare Saracen raids.Zambrone has recently acquired,...more
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