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A look at Tropea



The village of Tropea (Tropaea in Latin and Τράπεια in ancient Greek) presents itself as a balcony of rock overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea. The town is divided in two parts: the upper part, where you will find the majority of the population and where he plays the daily life of the country, and a lower part (called "Marina"), which is located close to the sea and the Port of Tropea. In the upper part, is built on a rock overlooking the sea at a height above sea level which varies between approximately 50 meters at the lowest point and 61 meters at the highest point. The town was a time walled incastellato and on one side and there could only be accessed through the doors provided with defense systems.

The legend wants that the founder has been Hercules when returning from the Columns of Hercules (Spain), stood on the coasts of southern Italy. In nearby areas were found tombs of origin magno-Greek. The history of Tropea begins in roman times, when along the coast Sextus Pompey defeated Caesar Octavian: south of Tropea The Romans had built a commercial port, near the current Santa Domenica, Formicoli (toponym derived from a corruption of the hole of Hercules), they speak about Pliny and Strabone. For its characteristic position of terrace on the sea, Tropea had an important role both in Roman times both in the Byzantine era; many are the ruins left by the Byzantines, as the church on the headland or the city walls (termed "mura Belisario"). After a long siege, the city was torn to the Byzantines by the Normans, under which prospered. Tropea continued to flourish even under the dominion of the Aragoneses.

Note seaside resort, rises on a high ridge of tuff, Tropea overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea, in Calabria. Of remarkable interest is the historical center of the city, with many noble palaces of the XVIII and XIX century, perched on the cliff overlooking the beach below. Interesting are the "portals" palaces which represented the noble families; some are equipped with large tanks dug in the rock, which served to accumulate the wheat from Monte Poro, which subsequently was loaded through ducts of terracotta on ships moored under the cliff of Tropea. The symbol of the city is the sanctuary of Santa Maria of the island, that rises on a promontory in front of the town.

Of great interest is the Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Romania, building of 1100, in romanesque style, containing the sacred effigy of the Madonna of Romania, patron saint of the city. The ancient Convent of the Pietã , built in 1639.In addition, the city houses the Diocesan Museum, containing ori e of the cathedral and several articles of various eras. At the church, the ancient premises of Vescovato, was established a Diocesan Museum, with interesting paintings, sculptures and frescoes, artifacts and furnishings. Recently, moreover, has been opened the archaeological section.

Important is the cultivation of the famous Red Onion, sweeter with respect to the white. Other typical products and crafts of relief are nduja of Spilinga, pecorino cheese of pore, extra-virgin olive oil, wines and terracotta, the baskets, the baskets and panniers wicker.

Municipality of Tropea
Province of Vibo Valentia
Calabria Region

Population: 6.362
Altitude centre: 61 m s.l.m.

the Municipality is part of:
Città dei sapori

Municipality of Tropea
Largo Municipio - Tropea (VV)
Tel. +39 0963 61022

Pro Loco Tropea
Piazza Ercole - Tropea (VV)
Tel. +39 0963 61475

Recipe: Tropea's spicy risotto

This recipe, which surprisingly will not be based on red onion, will let you know another aspect, unusual and less known, of the famous Calabrian village ... Discover it by reading this article.

Tropea and its IGP red onion

A wonderful sea, the rock of Santa Maria dell’Isola and the delicious red onion.

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Next or present Events

  • Christmas port village
    Christmas port village

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  • Feast of St. Joseph
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  • Fair in Contrada dell'Annunziata

    Add to calendar 2019-03-23 2019-03-23 Europe/Rome Fair in Contrada dell'Annunziata Tropea

  • Maria SS. di Romania
    Patronal parties

    Add to calendar 2019-03-27 2019-03-27 Europe/Rome Maria SS. di Romania Tropea

  • Good Friday Procession
    Religious occurrences

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  • I tri da' Cruci
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    Add to calendar 2019-05-03 2019-05-03 Europe/Rome I tri da' Cruci Tropea

  • Red Onion of Tropea and Blue Fish Festival

    Add to calendar 2019-07-27 2019-07-27 Europe/Rome Red Onion of Tropea and Blue Fish Festival Tropea

  • Feast of Our Lady of the Isle

    Add to calendar 2019-08-15 2019-08-15 Europe/Rome Feast of Our Lady of the Isle Tropea

Past Events

    From 14-09-2017
    To 07-10-2017

  • Second Run of the Tropea
    From 15-06-2018
    To 16-06-2018

Other Events

  • April - Mostra-Fiera model railway layout.
  • June - the final phase of the National Literary Prize of Tropea.
  • August - Tropea Film Festival. The event will be held in the theater of the Port of Tropea, inside the marina.
  • Christmas period - Living Crib with actors interpreting the ancient crafts. The representation is even more realistic thanks to the scenography and for the presence of real animals. The streets of the center are animated by the presence of illuminations and every morning is cheered from the traditional sound of the zampogna.