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From Tropea: Full-Day Tour to Taormina in Sicily

1. From Tropea: Full-Day Tour to Taormina in Sicily

Travel from Tropea to Taormina in Sicily and explore the beautiful town on a day trip. The journey alone will enchant you as you pass by the Tyrrhenian cliffs overlooking the Aeolian Islands to reach the port of Villa San Giovanni. Continue on by ferry across the Strada di Messine. During the crossing you can enjoy an espresso on the deck and the panoramic views of Mount Etna and Messina. Taormina is known for its mild climate, lush vegetation, magnificent palaces, dreamy streets, elegant squares, and panoramic views at 200 meters above sea level at the foot of the Monte Tauro Mountains. You will be accompanied to Porta di Taormina, the entrance to the city, from where you can explore on your own. Stroll past chic boutiques and visit the Greco-Roman amphitheater, where you'll have a fantastic view of Mount Etna. Try Sicilian specialties, such as fresh arancini (rice balls filled with vegetables and ground meat) or granita (a sorbet-like desert). Let yourself be tempted to a shopping spree or just relax at the Piazza.

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Tropea: Boat Trip to Capo Vaticano with Snorkeling

2. Tropea: Boat Trip to Capo Vaticano with Snorkeling

Depart from the port of Tropea and sail along the beautiful coastline of Calabria. Stop underneath the Church Sanctuary of Saint Mary dell' Isola di Tropea, which is built on a cliff overlooking the glimmering blue sea. Visit the local "Blue Grotto" notable for its transparent waters. Arrive at Formicoli, a beach area that was once the location of an Ancient Roman port. Stop alongside the beach and use the snorkeling gear provided to explore the underwater world. Arrive at the promontory of Capo Vaticano and admire the lighthouse located on this narrow spit of land. Visit the wonderful white beach of Praia I Focu, where you can swim or relax for a short time on the beach. Returning towards Tropea, make a final stop at the small Bay of Riaci for some more snorkeling before arriving back at the port.

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Reggio Calabria and Scilla Full-Day Tour from Tropea

3. Reggio Calabria and Scilla Full-Day Tour from Tropea

Enjoy a wonderful day trip along the fabled Coast of the Gods – Costa degli Dei – to the southern tip of the Italian boot. Discover the capital of Reggio Calabria overlooking the sunny island of Sicily and visit the fishing village of Scilla in the afternoon. Start the tour in the morning in the center of the largest city of Calabria – Reggio di Calabria – the birthplace of Gianni Versace. The route takes you between art, culture, and shopping in the footsteps of Romans and Byzantines through the former Greek region. In addition to the numerous boutiques and shops, you can admire the newly renovated National Museum. Here you’ll also find the two famous Riace bronzes. Stroll along the scenic waterfront and enjoy the view of Sicily and the Aeolian Islands. On clear days you can catch a glimpse of Mount Etna. In the afternoon you’ll visit the fishing village of Scilla. According to the legend, this is where Odysseus fought against the monster Scylla and the enchanted princess still lives below the fort. The little Venice of Calabria will enchant you as you stroll through the old fishing district of Chianalea. Marvel at the small fishing boats that stand in front of every house instead of cars, and learn more about the swordfish that is caught from May to August. Enjoy a tasty ice cream on one of the inviting terraces, where you can admire the stunning views.

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From Tropea: Capo Vaticano Cruise with Snorkeling and Drinks

4. From Tropea: Capo Vaticano Cruise with Snorkeling and Drinks

Enjoy a fantastic cruise from the port of Tropea to Capo Vaticano on board the Blue Ocean. Visit 3 stunning bays, snorkel among brightly colored fish, and sip on a glass of delicious Calabrian wine. Board your ship at Tropea and begin a magical journey. Throughout the cruise, you can tune in to your audio guide and learn about the myths and legends of the area, including the fascinating tales of Hercules. Pass by the stunning Grotta dello Scheletro and the Grotta Bianca, snapping photos as you cruise past. At Riaci Bay, see the famous Riaci rock and learn how two WWI torpedos created this iconic cave. Sail past Formicoli and its ancient Roman ruins, the Forum Erculis. Marvel at the beautiful beaches of Praia di Focu and the unique rock formations of Matineo and the Cave of Love. At Grotticelle Bay, enjoy a 30-minute dip in the clear blue water, where you can swim among the fish. After toweling off, nibble on bruschetta with a sublime glass of local wine. Continue to Tropea Beach, where you can swim in front of the Grotta del Palombo and the beaches of the Rotonda. Return to port refreshed and having experienced the beauty of Italy's coast.

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From Tropea: Half-Day Tour to Pizzo

5. From Tropea: Half-Day Tour to Pizzo

Take a memorable journey along the Coast of Gods from Tropea to the charming town of Pizzo, while enjoying sublime views over the Tyrrhenian sea. Absorb the knowledge of your guide as you explore one of Vibo Valentia's most beautiful areas. Step into the unique Church of Piedigrotta, which is built into the local landscape, giving it its name, meaning 'at the foot of the cave'. Marvel at a stunning collection of stone sculptures. Wind your way through the atmospheric alleyways and characteristic stairwells of Pizzo, as you navigate your way to the grand central square, Piazza della Republica. Jump back into the fifteenth century as you visit Aragon Castle, where the King of Naples was imprisoned and sentenced to death. Spoil yourself among the colorful gelaterias and gorge on the local delicacy, Tartufo (truffle) ice cream.

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Calabria: Zungri Caves Half-Day Tour

6. Calabria: Zungri Caves Half-Day Tour

Step back in time as you walk in the footsteps of Basilican Monks, who used the Zungri Caves for refuge in the Middle Ages. Absorb the magic of the città di pietra (Stone City), which some scholars believe was founded in the 10th Century. Weave your way in between 100 cave houses hewn out of the local stone. Marvel at windows, arches, and even smoke vents carved into the walls. Savor traditional Italian delicassies such as varieties of cheese and pickles during a local food-tasting session. Enjoy fantastic views of the surrounding countryside, which stretches down to the Tyrrhenian Sea.

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Airport Transfers between Lamezia Terme and Parghelia-Tropea

7. Airport Transfers between Lamezia Terme and Parghelia-Tropea

Traveling from the airport to your hotel can be stressful. Let us take all the work out of your transfer as we collect you from Lamezia Terme Airport and drive you to your destination in or around Parghelia-Tropea. Bristakia operates between the Tropea area and the most important airports in Calabria. This includes transfers to cities, villages, hotels and residences. Our fleet of air-conditioned cars and vans can cater for all of your transportation needs. Relax in the knowledge that your driver guide will already be waiting for you at the airport holding a poster marked with the Bristakia logo and your name. Our professional English-speaking drivers have a good knowledge of the landmarks, highlights and key destinations of the Tropea region, offering you not only a comfortable but informative start to your holiday in Southern Italy.

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Calabria: Hiking Day Trip in Capo Vaticano with Lunch

8. Calabria: Hiking Day Trip in Capo Vaticano with Lunch

Explore the Calabrian countryside with a local guide on this half-day tour. Admire sea views at the Capo Vaticano viewpoint and visit the old mills in the commune of Spilinga. Be picked up from your accommodation or a meeting point in Zambrone, Tropea, or Capo Vaticano. Sit back and relax on the way to the starting point of the hike. Climb up 60 meters to enjoy sweeping views of the coast at the Capo Vaticano viewpoint. Continue to the commune of Spilinga and take in the beauty of the lush Calabrian countryside. Stroll through wooded areas down to the old mills. Hear about daily habits and lives of local residents as you explore the valley with your guide. Work up an appetite and head to a local farm. Sit under a graceful oak tree and savor an authentic Italian, farm fresh meal. Learn about the regional food and agriculture before returning to your pickup point.

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Calabria Spicy Half-Day Tour: Tropea/Capo Vaticano

9. Calabria Spicy Half-Day Tour: Tropea/Capo Vaticano

This entertaining half-day tour is an absolute must for every visitor to Calabria. In the early afternoon, head to the legendary Capo Vaticano. This is the most beautiful lookout point on the Tyrrhenian Coast with its small white lighthouse, which is still in use and guides the ships on their ways to the Aeolian Islands. A small panoramic trail leads you past giant prickly pear trees. An incredible view awaits you at the end, a picture-perfect postcard image: the view over the seven Aeolian Islands, which lie like pearls on a string. Look out at the strait that divides Calabria and Sicily. This place gives you the chance to take unforgettable vacation photos, while becoming completely enchanted. The Calabrians tell tales of why this is such a special place. The legend talks about enfolding beautiful Canfora in a Turkish blue robe, to quell the Saracens and lengthen their freedom. Because of this, the water is a unique Turkish blue and as clear as the Caribbean, even in sandy coves. And now comes the spicy part of the tour. Traditional Calabrian specialties await you. Experience Calabria with all your senses and try the "'Nduja" of Calabria, a sausage made with pepperoncino, as well as fine pasta with fresh olives and herbs with fresh bread, and the gold of Calabria, the lovely olive oil, and of course a glass of wine. End the tour on a high note as your tour guide leads you from the pearl of Calabria to the little coastal town of Tropea, which sits high on the cliffs. Experience the Dolce Vita between the old Italian alleyways and the Palazzos full of pomp and gorgeous entryways. Inhale the aroma of fresh espresso in cafes and diverse herbs that can be found in the little corner shops.

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What people are saying about Tropea

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 552 reviews

If you have little time, it allows you to see and swim in different beaches and above all to avoid the crowds that are in August in beaches like those of Capo Vaticano! We were very lucky, there was a wonderful weather and in addition to seeing the Aeolian Islands, Sicily and Etna were also seen.

All in all everything was extraordinary .... The magic, the atmosphere, the youth, the music, a wonderful landscape. The boat, Very comfortable, clean, the dynamic and cheerful staff bravo the Italians and long live TROPEA❤️

Helpful and kind staff. They carried out the planned stages with 3 half-hour baths. Great way to see the coves that can only be reached by sea!

All extraordinary !!! Paolo and Alfonso are exceptional, friendly and professional skippers. Nice experience, highly recommended tour

All excellent, Cicerone (Alfonso) fully up to his role, beautiful water and breathtaking landscapes! Experience to do!