8 Best Things To Do In Tropea, Italy

things to do in Tropea

If you’re ready for some ~fun in the sun~ then Tropea is the place for you. Tropea is a beautiful seaside town in the Calabria region of Italy. It’s also known as Costa degli Dei or the ‘Coast of the Gods’ and definitely lives up to this name. With its dramatic cliffs, timeless palazzi, hidden beaches, and delicious cuisines, Tropea is a city you don’t want to miss out on.

1. Lounge on the beach

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The Tropea beaches look like they were made to impress. The glittering waters with gentle waves make the ocean great for swimming and smooth, white-sand beaches are ideal for lounging around, making a picture-perfect day. You can take your pick of free public beaches or spend a little extra and go to a private beach where you can get rent a loungers, umbrellas, and other beach gear for a small fee. The temperature stays on the warmer side, so you can hit the beach most of the year.

Tropea Beach

Address: Marina di Tropea, 89861 Tropea, Italy **Note: the whole coast is lined with beaches, so you have many to choose from

2. Savor the best pizza at Vecchio Granaio

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Vecchio Granaio is said to have some of the best pizza in the Calabria region of Italy. The ingredients are always fresh and the flavors bursting - so your tastebuds are guaranteed to explode with happiness. If you aren’t feeling a pizza, you can also try one of their other amazing menu items, like Mollicata or pasta dishes. But be sure to get something with red onions because they are a local delicacy.

Vecchio Granaio

Address: Largo Guglielmini, Tropea, Italy 89861

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3. Complete your meal with gelato at Gelateria da Mimmo

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What is an Italian meal without gelato (or at least a meal for a tourist)? Opened in 1989, the Gelataria di Mimmo has some of the best gelato in the area. They have over forty different flavors from chocolatey, to fruity, to nutty, and everything in between. Don’t let your sweet tooth suffer by skipping out on this gelato veramente buono.

Gelataria de Mimmo

Address: Via Montevideo 8, 89861 Tropea, Italy

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4. Galavant around the Aeolian Islands on a 1 Day Cruise (from USD 85.0)

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The Aeolian Islands are some of the most stunning islands in the Mediterranean Sea - and are only accessible by boat/ship. You’ll have the chance to explore the caves and coves, take in the picturesque black sand beaches, and maybe catch Stromboli (one of the active volcanoes on the Islands) erupt. On this day long excursion, you’ll also be able to stop at Lipari, one of the lively Island towns, where you can admire the scenic views, catch sights of the castle and cathedral, and stop at Vulcano, the island of sulfur. A cruise to the Aeolian Islands is not something you want to miss.

Aeolian Islands 1 day mini cruise from Tropea

Duration: 12 hours

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5. Enjoy the sunset on a cliff overlooking the sea

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Tropea is known for its cliffside shops and architecture - it is a town built on cliffs. So while you can admire the beaches and water below, you can also gaze at the beautiful sunsets in the distance. The dramatic cliffs provide the perfect backdrop for the gorgeous sunsets. If you’re not so keen on swinging your legs at the edge of a cliff, you can lounge on the terrace of one of the many cafes that are situated on the west side cliffs.

6. Admire Benedictine Sanctuary of Santa Maria dell’Isola

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The Santa Maria dell'Isola is an iconic structure in Tropea. Renovated in 1905 after an earthquake, the church still maintains its original ~vibe~ (even though we don’t know the original construction date - we do know it was some time between the 6th and 9th-century). But this church looks like it just rose out of the cliff, it’s just so seamlessly integrated into it. Be sure to not only stop and gaze up at this magnificent structure but also take the time to venture to the top and take a look inside.

Santa Maria dell'Isola

Address: Via Marina Dell Isola SNC, 89861 Tropea, Italy

Website: Santa Maria dell'Isola (in Italian)

7. Frolic through the citrus groves and vineyards

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While you may think of olives (and olive oil) when you think of the Mediterranean, you should also start thinking of citrus! Tropea is known for its citrus groves and vineyards. The groves and vineyards are just beyond the city walls and are spread across vast lands, creating a lovely backdrop for your outdoorsy excursions. You can visit these areas and learn about the sour history of the region (no, it’s not actually bad - I was just trying to make a (bad) pun) or explore the wine making process, because where else would you go to learn about wine?

8. Stroll through the city center

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And finally, be sure to take a stroll through the city center. The center is full of cafes, bars, pizzerias, and more! You can grab dinner (and of course gelato) from one of the many restaurants and then work off that meal by wandering in and out of the many neighboring shops. You’ll get to see the stunning coastal, cliffside views of the Tropea and grab yourself a souvenir while you’re at it. So get ready to have a wonderful evening surrounded by the soft glow of the medieval-style lamps and atop the ancient cobblestone that will remind you of the stories you wished to be a part of.

Tropea Old Town (city center)

Address: 89861 Tropea, Italy

Time to explore another side of Italy

A trip to Tropea will give you a glimpse into another side of Italy - one without the crowds or the overpriced delicacies, but with amazing sights, delicious delights, and savory bites!

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