Secret southern jewel: TROPEA
I went to the south of Italy around June 2015 and this budget trip was absolutely stunning with non to little tourism - except for local tourism. So I still want to share some tips on this hidden gem with the following blog post, written by my friend Elizabeth A.
How to get there?
Today we bring to you our Southern Italy experiences. This was a holiday we both really enjoyed and we’ll enjoy sharing our thoughts on the topic with you guys, as well. We don’t pretend to be an official travel guide, there’s heaps of books in the library, but we’d love to get you tickled to maybe put this one on the travel-bucket list.
Where to stay?
A small active-volcano island in the Tyrrhenian Sea off the north coast of Sicily... where we stranded because the boat forgot us.
What to do?
You’re probably thinking by now ‘it can’t ALL be good’. Unfortunately, it can’t. Being huge food-lovers, we were a little bit disappointed in the food-options Tropea offered. At noon: no problem. You can have tasty bakery-goods or a delicious paninis in most of the little bars on the main street. Our problem was mainly dinner. We went looking for a great pizza or pasta and honestly, they were pretty hard to find, or we were just very unlucky to pick out the wrong places. Another disappointment was the endless search for tiramisu. Apparently Calabria isn’t the region for that. We did manage to find a good, oven baked-pizza one night though, in ‘Ristorante Il Normanno‘, near the cathedral. Also, there’s lot of places were you can have a good cocktail -duh, important-, we especially enjoyed ours at ‘Bar Veneto‘ on the Piazza Vittorio Veneto. To be honest, we did get a red-wine shower here, but the waiter guaranteed us this was the first time something like that happened.
But the one place we would really recommend, is our all time-favorite bar: ‘Made in Sud‘ on the Viale Stazione. They serve the most heavenly paninis !!!! DEFINITELY a must try!!
Of course, a week is not long so we couldn't try out a lot of restaurants. According to some other blog posts the food in Tropea is heavenly, so I recommend to research in advance some good dining places so you won't be ending up disappointing as a food lover.
To sum it up: we are big fans and fell in love with Tropea! The weather was great, the beach was stunning and not too crowded (although Italian men will be Italian men: being a woman you’ll get the obligatory ‘Do you know the time?’-question by men wearing a watch every now and then.. Luckily we never wore a watch, pretty clear after the Stromboli trip. Furthermore the snorkeling was magnificent, the panini's were delicious and the people were friendly.
We really recommend this place if you like to travel to a not touristic destination with pristine nature where you’ll always find something fun to do! Oh, did we mention, ‘La Costa degli Dei’ is the name the locals call this place, or in other words: ‘coast of the Gods’.. See for yourselves!
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