Tropea: the historic centre and gastronomy
The centre of Tropea will enchant you with its 17th century palazzi built on the edge of the sea, many of them still bearing the crest of their noble owners over the main door. The Norman Cathedral, founded in 1100 AD, with its adjacent museum should be visited. From here you can enjoy a splendid panorama of the sea, the coast and, if you are lucky, you will see the outlines of the islands on the horizon.
In the streets of the centre are numerous boutiques, small shops and restaurants, some of them excavated directly from the sandstone rock; an ideal place for shopping, for an aperitif or a delicious dinner based on Calabrian specialities.
Gastronomy is without any doubt a good reason for visiting Tropea. Stuffed peppers, aubergine rolls, N’duja, linguine with fish sauce, pasta with spring herbs, and liqueurs, the most celebrated that of liquorice, are just some of the local specialities.
To enjoy one of the most beautiful views of the coast, Capo Vaticano is one of the most easily reached. On a clear day, you can see the Straits of Messina, Etna and the Aeolian islands from the Belvedere del Faro.