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Tourist Guide to Tropea and its Surroundings

Cultural and Panoramical Itineraries Extracted from "Tropea - Practical Tourist Guide to the Thyrrenic Coast" by Francesco Stefanelli

Around Tropea
After returning to the SS. 522 in the direction of Tropea, you come to a left turning, immediately after the "LA GRAZIA" bridge, which leads to the port.
Following the coast it then takes you to other beaches, from which you can admire the beauty of the town with its houses perched on the rock above the sea.

The beaches, all of which are sandy to the sea-shore, offer ample parking space. 

You then come to the ISOLA cliff, upon the summit of which rises a small and picturesque church. One of the finest views in the whole of the lower Tyrrhenian area can be admired from this point. 

The festival in honour of the Madonna dell'Isola, to whom the church is dedicated, is celebrated on the 15th of August, when an evocative procession by sea is organised, and on the 8th of September when religious services are held. 
The church is of Basilian origin with a facade that has been altered many times throughout the centuries and is now modern. Beneath the cliff upon which the church stands there is a large area, partly private, offering ample parking space to those who wish to make use of the lidos and enjoy the sandy beach.
Following the itinerary you come to the Marina del Convento which has a predominantly sandy beach. The cliffs known as the"Messaggi" rise from the sea-shore, which is partly composed by shingle.

In the charming centre of Old Tropea, visitors can admire the ancient buildings with their granite doorways and the eleventh and twelfth century Norman cathedral containing the famous Madonna di Romania, a byzantine painting in wood that is much loved by the inhabitants of Tropea. Just behind the cathedral there is a panorama spot with a  splendid view of the hills of Tropea, the coastline and Parghelia and Zambrone in the distance.
The hill of St.Angelo, the site of the Youth Hostel Villa Felice, offers a wonderful view of the distant Aeolian Islands and the vulcano Stromboli, as well as the whole coastline between Zambrone and the Riace point.
When the humid heat of the summer begins to make itself felt there is nothing more pleasant than enjoying the resfreshing coolness that can be found beneath the trees of its pine wood, far away from the bustling noise of the summer resort.
The entire social centre, founded and directed by Don Gerardo Ruffa, is open to the public every day from 9.00 to 12.00 and from 16.00 to 21.00. Mass is celebrated daily at 10.00am.

On the outskirts of Tropea, in the district of Carmine, you can find the beautiful church of Michelizia, with its history and legends. You can also admire the sixteenth century church of the SS. Annunziata, with its coffered ceiling, on the road that leads to Capo Vaticano.
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