Tropea’s old town sits atop a cliff that rises from the turquoise sea below, its cobblestone streets full of bars, cafes, and restaurants serving Calabrian specialties like local red onions and fiery spreadable salami called nduja (which must be smuggled back if you’d like to enjoy it at home; you can’t get it in the US.)
There are very few hotels in the pedestrian-only center; most accommodation here is in the form of guesthouses. Many restaurants in town serve pizza and typical trattoria fare, with the exception of a few stand outs — one being La Lamia, with its pretty courtyard setting and excellent seafood. If you don’t mind the drive, L’Approdo is a fantastic fine dining experience about 45 minutes away in Vibo Valentina.
The real reason to stop here in this difficult-to-reach southern corner of Italy is for the beaches. The sand is soft and powdery white and the water sparkles clear blue. Beach bars line the sea, allowing for easy access to gelato in between dips. A lovely destination for a family holiday.
Address: 89861 Tropea
Address: via Roma, 22 Vibo Marina