Top things to do

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…
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


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…
Seafood in Tropea


Set on the lip of Tropea’s stunning cliffs, Pimm’s serves up simple but excellent local seafood, as well as wonderful salads starring the town’s prized red onions. Adding to the experience are the memorable beach vi…
Italian in Tropea

Al Pinturicchio

Recommended by the locals, this restaurant in a smartly whitewashed cellar in the old town has a romantic ambience, candlelit tables and a solid repertoire of Calabrian dishes.
Seafood in Tropea

Osteria del Pescatore

Swordfish (spada) is a speciality on this part of the coast and it rates highly on the menu at this simple seafood place tucked away in the backstreets. Also arranges fishing trips in good weather.