This small town in southern Italy, off the Tyrrhenian Sea, offers sandy beaches and fresh seafood. Some cruise lines use it as a base for delving deeper into Calabria, a less-frequented region of Italy, hemmed in by turquoise waters and craggy mountains.
What We Love
Tropea: This seaside resort is the gem of the Calabria region, a fortified town perched on a towering bluff. Revel in the sun-soaked charms of the palm-dotted squares and streets, stop into a shop for a taste of artisanal products (that tend to use local lemons, bergamot, or red onions), or admire the lovely Benedictine Sanctuary of Santa Maria dell’Isola, located on a promontory facing the beach.
Low-Key Vibe: If you compare crowd sizes, the Calabria region is a more comfortable choice than, say, the Amalfi Coast. It’s under these conditions where you can pace your day the way the Italians do, idling in a cafe or seeking shade from the scorching heat.
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Coastal Scenery: If you’re heading toward any of the towns by car (or by boat), you’ll cross a stretch of coastline called the “Coast of Gods” that’s just as dreamy and ethereal as its nickname suggests.
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Steep Inclines: Many of the towns in the Calabria region are located on cliffs, which means that there may be some huffing and puffing involved in getting to and around them.
Lisa Cheng is a New York-based writer for ShermansCruise who also writes for Travel + Leisure.