From Tropea to the Aeolian Islands
Why choose Tropea for excursions to the Aeolian Islands?
Excursions from Tropea to the Aeolian Islands but not only. Tropea is located in the province of Vibo Valentia, along the coast of the Gods, also known as the Costa Bella for its suggestive views and proximity to the splendid Aeolian Islands.
The sea of Tropea is wonderful, the nature is luxuriant and this is undeniable. The landscape offers wonderful views of the blue of the sea with the Aeolian Islands that complete the extraordinary scenery.
Tropea welcomes the visitor with the silhouette of the Sanctuary of the Madonna dell’Isola. In the historic center there are magnificent views of the sea, almost like opening a window to infinity. Right in the center is the Cathedral of Tropea, with a miraculous image of the Madonna of Romania. Not far away, the undeniable but different charm of the deconsecrated church of the Madonna della Neve. There is little to say about the beaches: they are many and all wonderful.
What to see
The historic center of Tropea
The historic center of Tropea is high up, about 70 meters above the sea, in a maze of alleys, streets, churches, noble palaces, panoramic terraces, and incredible views of the blue of the sea that suddenly open up while walking.
A walk in the historic center of Tropea allows you to discover artisan shops and buy local delicacies directly from the farmers. Venturing into these narrow streets, you can then admire the palaces of the nobles built between the 18th and 19th centuries. The heart of the center is Largo Ercole, with its beautiful square, and from here you can reach Palazzo Toraldo, which also houses a collection of archaeological finds, and Villa Braghò.
Among the most beautiful points of view towards the marina, the lower part of Tropea, there are Largo Migliarese, Largo Galluppi, and Largo Villetta. Then discover the many churches enclosed here: the Cathedral, the church of Sanfrancesco d’Assisi and the deconsecrated church of Santa Maria della Neve.
The Sanctuary of Santa Maria dell’Isola
The Sanctuary of Santa Maria dell’Isola, also known as Isola Bella, is one of the jewels of Tropea and the whole coast; both for its position, on a cliff overlooking the Aeolian Islands, and because it is one of the most important places of worship in the area, full of legends and starting point every August 15th of the procession of the Madonna Assunta, by sea.
The Cathedral of the Most Holy Mary of Romania
The Cathedral of Maria Santissima of Romania is the cathedral of Tropea and is also known as the Norman Cathedral because it was built by the Normans in the late 1200s. It stands on the remains of a Byzantine cemetery and, together with the Sanctuary of the Madonna dell’Isola, is the most important place of worship in the city.
The Diocesan Civic Museum
Opened in 2004, this two-story museum is located opposite the cathedral and houses many precious works of the cathedral but also of the many now-closed churches of Tropea.
The Church of Santa Maria della Neve
Just outside the historic center of Tropea, there is a deconsecrated church. The church is dedicated to Santa Maria della Neve and is unmistakable thanks to the granite portals and the two statues on the sides, St. Joachim and St. Anna.
Capo Vaticano is 9 km from Tropea and can be reached by boat from Tropea or by car. Its beaches, for their depths, variety, and vegetation, are considered among the 100 most beautiful beaches in the world. It is a promontory over 120 meters high with 7 km of coastline on a sea that offers all shades ranging from light blue to deep blue.
Snorkeling e Diving
There are numerous tourist proposals to visit Tropea: diving and snorkeling are very popular activities in Tropea and along the Costa degli Dei.
Tropea and its surroundings offer some of the most evocative landscape and naturalistic sites of Calabria.
The Beaches and the Sea of Tropea
Tropea is part of the Costa degli Dei, also known as Costa Bella: 55 km of coves, beaches, rocks, caves, all overlooking waters ranging from deep green to turquoise. The Costa degli Dei is truly one of the most beautiful bathing areas in Calabria, and only in Tropea and its surroundings, there are a dozen beaches. Most of these can be reached on foot from the center with stairways and streets.
All Excursions from Tropea to the Aeolian Islands:
Excursion from Tropea to Stromboli Panarea and Lipari
It is also possible to reach the Aeolian Islands from Taormina, Cefalù and Milazzo with daily excursions. Visit SiciliaEscursioni.com.