Legend has it that Hercules was the one to
found this town, at a little distance from
Forum Herculis, today Formicoli. According
to the historians however Ricadi dates back
to the Byzantine era when it was closely
connected to the University of Tropea.
In 1808, under the reign of Joseph Napoleon,
the area became officially a city and
had its first mair. Among its fractions (Santa Domenica, Ciaramiti, San
Nicolò, Brivadi and Orsigliadi) was
introduced Brattirò that became part
of the municipality of Drapia.
On the low plain of Monte
Poro you will find this town that extends itself towards the sea and the
beautiful beaches of Capo
Vaticano. At the beach of "Formicoli"
you can admire a rich fauna and impressive
granit rocks, and of course a splendid view
of the sea.
you can find the watch tower “Marrana”,
of which there is left a simple wall. This
tower received signals from the nearby watch
tower of “Ruffa” and transmitted
them to each tower of the coast, before they
arrived to their final destination - the
castle of Monteleone, today Vibo Valentia.
Lampazzone you will find a wind mill
from the 18th century that is still in
The owner, sig. Rizzo Giuseppe,
gladly shows and explains the procedures of
the mill, that have remained the same for
Visit the mill in the period from 1st June
until 30th September on Tuesdays, Thursdays
or Sundays between 8-20.