We hadn’t been to Calabria in years and Marsha had never been to the Aeolian Islands. It was time to go back. We decided on Tropea as our destination. Tropea is a beautifully located up and coming resort town near the tip of Italy on the Tyrrhenian Coast. The town sits high atop sheer cliffs with views out over the sea towards the Aeolian Islands and in particular Stromboli which can be seen at sunset.
The drive down took about 6 1/2 hours but was beautiful with scenery changing around every corner. I never appreciated how truly mountainous Italy is. Even when maps don’t show the area as having mountains, they are there. The autostrada was good although there was quite a bit of construction going on in the south half and that slowed us down a bit but at least it didn’t cost anything south of Salerno. Eventually we made it to Tropea. Found our hotel on a quiet side street and checked in. It was quite a place. Only 14 rooms and with a marvellous terrace with uninteruped views to the sea.
After we settled into our room we went out to explore Tropea. The sun was just about to set and I managed to get some interesting sunsets. The following evening photos were taken on different days throughout our stay.
Walking around Tropea was enjoyable. So many stores selling local produce. It seemed that every store had baskets full of the famous red Tropea onions on display outside. They seemed to find their way into many of the typical local dishes offered in restaurants. They are very mild compared to the red Spanish onions that they resemble. There was so much to choose from but because of custom restrictions or luggage restrictions, we only purchased a few samples. Saturday is market day in Tropea. Markets are always fun to go through. Here the market was quite large and parking was difficult to come by. Fortunately our hotel was a one minute walk from one of the gateways to the market.
The following photos represent a small sampling of the stores and their products. We also had some great meals at different restaurants around town and on our final night we ate on the terrace of our hotel taking in the sunset over the Tyrrhenian Sea and Stromboli beyond.
Tropea is a pretty town and walking around is a pleasure. There are at least three main “balconies” with overlooks to the sea or mountains. There are several pretty churces. Side streets are picturesque. Much of the town is substantially car free or at least limited. This makes for pleasant strolls and there are many outdoor spots to take an aperitivo, gelato or snack throughout the day. The beaches are beautiful and the water clear, fun and warm. Renting beach umbrellas and beach lounge chairs is quite inexpensive compared to other beaches in central and northern Italy. We rented ours for 10 euro for the full day.