Attractions

Church in Tropea

Santa Maria dell’Isola

Tropea's number one photo opp is Santa Maria dell'Isola, a medieval monastic church given several facelifts over centuries of wear and tear (mainly attributable to earthquakes). Sitting on what was once its own rock…
Church in Pizzo

Chiesetta di Piedigrotta

The Chiesetta di Piedigrotta is an underground cave full of carved stone statues. It was carved into the tufa rock by Neapolitan shipwreck survivors in the 17th century. Other sculptors added to it and it was eventu…
Viewpoint in Tropea

Capo Vaticano

There are spectacular views from this rocky cape, around 7km south of Tropea, with its beaches, ravines and limestone sea cliffs. Birdwatchers' spirits should soar. There's a lighthouse, built in 1885, which is clos…
Cathedral in Tropea

Cathedral

The beautiful Norman cathedral has two undetonated WWII bombs near the door: it’s believed they didn’t explode due to the protection of the town’s patron saint, Our Lady of Romania. A Byzantine icon (1330) of the Ma…
Castle in Pizzo

Castello Murat

This neat little 15th-century castle is named for Joachim Murat, brother-in-law of Napoleon Bonaparte and briefly King of Naples, captured in Pizzo and sentenced to death for treason in 1815. Inside the castle, you …
Castle in Scilla

Castello Ruffo

An imposing fortress surmounting the headland commanding Scilla, this castle has at times been a lighthouse and a monastery. It houses a luntre, the original boat used for swordfishing, and on which the modern-day p…
Church in Pizzo

Chiesa Matrice di San Giorgio

In town, the 16th-century Chiesa Matrice di San Giorgio, with its splendid Baroque facade and dressed-up Madonnas, houses the tomb of Joachim Murat, the French-born former king of Naples and brother-in-law of Napole…