Excursions in the southern Tyrrhenian coast of Calabria

Our tour of the south of the Tyrrhenian coast of Calabria begins in the town of Pizzo Calabro with a ride through its narrow streets and a visit to the Aragonese Castle, before a well-deserved break to enjoy the famous truffle ice-cream. We move on from this area, steeped in history and where once maritime activities and handicraft production flourished. Down at the sea, we make a stop at the Church of Piedigrotta or, as the locals call it, the “Madonnella”. Down dozens of steps, we come to a cave carved into the rock and facing the beach, where the stalagmites have been carved and transformed into statues.

From the port of Vibo Valentia you can sail to the Aeolian Islands, a mini-cruise between Vulcano, Lipari and Stromboli. Or you can continue on south for a few kilometers towards the most popular tourist destinations in the area: Tropea. Here, in addition to the traces of the viitality of these places throughout history, you can stop to enjoy the beautiful sea, repeatedly recognized as one of the most beautiful in Italy. The welcoming narrow streets protect churches and palaces, as well as squares that overlook the sea, and make Tropea well worth a visit. And if the Hawaiian-style welcome includes a necklace for the tourist, be prepared! It could well be of sweet red onions, a typical product of the area of ​​Tropea.

Tropea - photo by flickr user simo0082

Tropea – photo by flickr user simo0082

A few kilometers to the south and here we are in the area that Skyscanner has recently selected as “destination of the year” for 2015. Capo Vaticano and its sandy beaches, protected behind a high rocky coastline. Here, nature still has a dominant role and in August finding a corner to spread out your towel can be arduous. But don your mask and enjoy all the beauty of the beautiful seabed. No wonder this stretch of coastline is known as the “Coast of the Gods”, and is indicated by many as one of the most charming places to visit.

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