Itinerary: Tropea, Capo Vaticano, Santa Domenica di Ricadi
From Tropea, the Pearl of Calabria, to Capo Vaticano
The region of Calabria, the "foot" of the boot-shaped Italy, is surrounded by two seas, the Tyrrhenian Sea to the west and the Ionian Sea to the east. Between these two seas, there is a hilly landscape, covered with forests, fields, small waterfalls, and olive groves alternating with authentic mountain villages.
The Tyrrhenian coast is known as one of the most beautiful Italian coastlines. Tropea lies here, on the "Costa degli Dei" (Coast of the Gods, the part of the coastline that stretches between Pizzo and Nicotera for about 55 kilometers), which features long white sand beaches nestled in unspoiled bays, jagged rocks, small coves accessible only on foot or by boat and crystal clear water.
This lush area offers some amazing tourist seaside resorts, such as the above-mentioned Tropea, also known as the "Pearl of Calabria", Santa Domenica di Ricadi, Capo Vaticano and others.
Tropea, this lovely seaside resort (pic n°1) (pic n°2) consists of two parts: one is the lower part, called "Marina" and it is located on the sea level, while the other one is the upper part of the city built on a rock which ranges from 50 to 61 meters high. The historic center of the city is located in this upper part overlooking the sea where you can enjoy stunning views from!
Tropea is a typical Italian town with many small shops of all kinds, pretty bars, cafes, restaurants and where the local people (and also tourists) like taking a nice walk along the main street, Corso Vittorio Emanuele, or in the main square and heart of the historic center, Piazza Ercole. You will also find narrow streets with old arched doors and many historic noble palaces built on the overhanging rocks.
When in Tropea, you should visit the main church, namely the Cathedral of Maria Santissima di Romania, built in the twelfth century by the Normans. Also, you can visit the Franciscan Monastery and the Church of Santa Maria dell'Isola (pic n°4), built on the famous rock of Santa Maria dell'Isola and overlooking the sea (pic n°1). This church is the most characteristic building of Tropea.
The village is also a perfect destination for beach lovers as there are many well-equipped or unspoiled beaches alternating with the rocky coastline. Some of its beautiful white sand beaches are Linguata Beach (pic n°3), Beach of Cannone, Beach Marina dell’Isola, Beach Rotonda, Beach Convento. If you like snorkeling, we suggested visiting Grotta Azzurra, in order to admire this amazing grotto and its beautiful seabed.
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Leaving Tropea, have a stop at the small village of Santa Domenica di Ricadi (pic n°5). Its beach called Scalea has been elected as the most beautiful beach of Calabria! Not only because of the beautiful scenery and the crystal clear sea water but also because the whole area is a location of great historic interest and where many finds from the Paleolithic have already been recovered.
Capo Vaticano (pic n°6) is about 12 kilometers away from Tropea and, despite it lacks a real town or historic center, it is a nice place to go if you want to be amazed by wonderful views, especially at sunset.
Absolutely do not miss the lighthouse of Capo Vaticano (pic n°6), built on the very top of a rock over 110 meters above sea level which is the "real" place called "Capo Vaticano". Breathtaking views aver the Tyrrhenian Sea and not only: from here, in good and clear weather conditions, you can even see
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Arrival: Capo Vaticano
Length: Km 12
Some pics of Tropea, Santa Domenica di Ricadi and Capo Vaticano:
Santa Maria dell'Isola, Tropea (pic n°1); Tropea (pic n°2); Linguata Beach, Tropea (pic n°3); Church of Santa Maria dell'Isola (pic n°4); Santa Domenica di Ricadi (pic n°5); Capo Vaticano (pic n°6);