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

This is a fairly big town and tourist center situated on the north-western slopes of Monte Poro, with one of the best and most secure ports on the coast between Salerno and Reggio Calabria.
In the port area you can experience the picturesque fishing boats coming back after having lain their nets for the day, or the fish market (banchina Tripoli), and admire the wooden boats that have been built with the traditional axe technique.

Worth a visit:  
Castello di Bivona built in 1442 to protect the port of Bivona from pirates, has been used mostly for military but also economical purposes and is now in a state of neglection, waiting for a thourough renovation. It is surrounded by an interesting archeological area with findings from the greek, roman and medieval eras.


Tonnara di Bivona - the architectural complex of the Tonnara di Bivona dates back to 1885 and was created by  Cav. gaetano De Carolis and completed by the marquis Enrico Gagliardi in 1911.

Festivities:
Festa del Mare: a procession of boats in the port in honour of the holy patron Maria SS.del Rosario di Pompei, works, light decorations, and market stands.

9th August: The pancake festival and the Carnival with a parade of different allegorical carts.

Summer period: sailing regattas

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Characteristics of the port of Vibo Marina
 
 

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