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From Tropea: Day Tour to the Aeolian Islands

1. From Tropea: Day Tour to the Aeolian Islands

Visit 3 of the most beautiful Aeolian Islands on this day tour from Tropea. Climb aboard the comfortable excursion boat to start your adventure. Your first destination is Vulkano, the southernmost island whose sulphur baths are known for their medicinal properties. Spend 90 minutes on the island and explore it as you wish before continuing on the tour. On the largest Aeolian Island of Lipari, you can enjoy the sight of colorful fishing boats in the harbor and admire the views of the city. The castle towers high above the town, and the streets on either side are decorated with flowers of the Marina Corta and Marina Lunga districts. Further inland you will find caper bushes, pumice stone mines, and fantastic viewpoints. You have the option of taking a bus tour or exploring the island on your own. Afterward, you will head to the volcanic island of Stromboli with one of the highest volcanoes in Europe. Watch the fantastic eruptions with plumes of smoke and let yourself be drawn under the spell of this natural spectacle. Visit the village of San Vincenzo, which attracted Ingrid Bergman and Rossellini. Stroll through the small boutiques and souvenir shops, enjoy an “aperitivo”, or bathe in the crystal-clear water.

Tropea: Boat Trip to Capo Vaticano with Snorkeling

2. Tropea: Boat Trip to Capo Vaticano with Snorkeling

Depart from the port of Tropea and sail along the beautiful coastline of Calabria. Stop underneath the Church Sanctuary of Saint Mary dell' Isola di Tropea, which is built on a cliff overlooking the glimmering blue sea. Visit the local "Blue Grotto" notable for its transparent waters. Arrive at Formicoli, a beach area that was once the location of an Ancient Roman port. Stop alongside the beach and use the snorkeling gear provided to explore the underwater world. Arrive at the promontory of Capo Vaticano and admire the lighthouse located on this narrow spit of land. Visit the wonderful white beach of Praia I Focu, where you can swim or relax for a short time on the beach. Returning towards Tropea, make a final stop at the small Bay of Riaci for some more snorkeling before arriving back at the port.

From Tropea: Capo Vaticano Cruise with Snorkeling and Drinks

3. From Tropea: Capo Vaticano Cruise with Snorkeling and Drinks

Enjoy a fantastic cruise from the port of Tropea to Capo Vaticano on board the Blue Ocean. Visit 3 stunning bays, snorkel among brightly colored fish, and sip on a glass of delicious Calabrian wine. Board your ship at Tropea and begin a magical journey. Throughout the cruise, you can tune in to your audio guide and learn about the myths and legends of the area, including the fascinating tales of Hercules. Pass by the stunning Grotta dello Scheletro and the Grotta Bianca, snapping photos as you cruise past. At Riaci Bay, see the famous Riaci rock and learn how two WWI torpedos created this iconic cave. Sail past Formicoli and its ancient Roman ruins, the Forum Erculis. Marvel at the beautiful beaches of Praia di Focu and the unique rock formations of Matineo and the Cave of Love. At Grotticelle Bay, enjoy a 30-minute dip in the clear blue water, where you can swim among the fish. After toweling off, nibble on bruschetta with a sublime glass of local wine. Continue to Tropea Beach, where you can swim in front of the Grotta del Palombo and the beaches of the Rotonda. Return to port refreshed and having experienced the beauty of Italy's coast.

From Tropea: Glass-Bottom Boat Tour to Capo Vaticano

4. From Tropea: Glass-Bottom Boat Tour to Capo Vaticano

Taking off from the port of Tropea with the glass-bottom boat 'Capitan Paolo', you will see the town and the beautiful beaches “Rotonda” and “Marina dell’ Isola” from its coast line. Take a peek at the unique views into the “Palombaro” Cave that can only be seen from the water. During the boat ride you receive historic and relevant information about the scenery and are able to take pictures from the stunning views at all times. Even from the boat you have the most amazing views of water colors through the glass-bottom. You will drive bye Skeleton cave, also known as white cave, and Riaci Bay, where you pass through a submerged port called Hercules harbor. Next you will pass by the rocks of "Formiche" and see an important port of the Roman Empire: Forum Erculis. At “Praia du Focu” you will circumnavigate the three signature beaches (among the 100 most beautiful beaches in the world), as well as meet the astonishing Mantineo rock and the Cave of Love. Next you will have reached the Grotticelle Bay close to Capo Vaticano. The famous “Bay of Caves” will amaze you with its white sandy seabed where you have the chance to swim and snorkel along lots of fish. After the swim an aperitif and some snacks will be served. On the way back, the last stop is 'Tropea Beach' - You will take the most beautiful photo of Tropea as seen from the sea, and if there is time you may swim in front of the Palombo Cave and the Rotonda beaches. Return to the port of Tropea after an unforgettable time with family and friends.

From Tropea: Stromboli, Lipari, Vulcano Guided Day Tour

5. From Tropea: Stromboli, Lipari, Vulcano Guided Day Tour

Boarding from the port of Tropea and after about two hours of navigation, docking in San Vincenzo, a typical village with its characteristic white houses and Aeolian architecture. In the immediate vicinity of the landing there are the suggestive black beaches, where it is possible to swim. Free time allows you to have an aperitif or to dine in a room with a sea view, to stroll through the narrow streets of the picturesque town, to go and visit the church of San Vincenzo or the Operational Center of the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology on the Seafront or to observe the traditional fishermen. Second stop of the tour is Lipari, the queen of the Aeolian Islands. It is the largest island and seat of the municipality that also administers the other islands, with the exception of Salina. On the hill, a sheer lava rock that separates the two bays of Marina Corta and Marina Lunga, it is possible to visit the Aeolian Regional Museum, one of the most important in Italy, located within the walls of the fortified castle with a spectacular view of the coast. Also not to be missed are the Greek-Roman Acropolis and the Cathedral of San Bartolomeo of Norman origin. The historic center offers a variety of shops where you can spend your time shopping. A few hundred meters south of Lipari is the suggestive island of Vulcano, the last stop on our tour. According to Greek mythology, the forges of Hephaestus, the Greek god of fire, were located here. The reason is obvious: fumaroles and jets of steam can be observed at the top of the active Fossa volcano and under the sea water. Vulcano creates a particular, almost ancestral relationship between the island and the visitor. The island is the ideal place for trekking lovers, who will be able to reach the top of the crater to enjoy a priceless landscape

From Tropea: Full-Day Tour to Taormina in Sicily

6. From Tropea: Full-Day Tour to Taormina in Sicily

Travel from Tropea to Taormina in Sicily and explore the beautiful town on a day trip. The journey alone will enchant you as you pass by the Tyrrhenian cliffs overlooking the Aeolian Islands to reach the port of Villa San Giovanni. Continue on by ferry across the Strada di Messine. During the crossing you can enjoy an espresso on the deck and the panoramic views of Mount Etna and Messina. Taormina is known for its mild climate, lush vegetation, magnificent palaces, dreamy streets, elegant squares, and panoramic views at 200 meters above sea level at the foot of the Monte Tauro Mountains. You will be accompanied to Porta di Taormina, the entrance to the city, from where you can explore on your own. Stroll past chic boutiques and visit the Greco-Roman amphitheater, where you'll have a fantastic view of Mount Etna. Try Sicilian specialties, such as fresh arancini (rice balls filled with vegetables and ground meat) or granita (a sorbet-like desert). Let yourself be tempted to a shopping spree or just relax at the Piazza.

Reggio Calabria and Scilla Full-Day Tour from Tropea

7. Reggio Calabria and Scilla Full-Day Tour from Tropea

Enjoy a wonderful day trip along the fabled Coast of the Gods – Costa degli Dei – to the southern tip of the Italian boot. Discover the capital of Reggio Calabria overlooking the sunny island of Sicily and visit the fishing village of Scilla in the afternoon. Start the tour in the morning in the center of the largest city of Calabria – Reggio di Calabria – the birthplace of Gianni Versace. The route takes you between art, culture, and shopping in the footsteps of Romans and Byzantines through the former Greek region. In addition to the numerous boutiques and shops, you can admire the newly renovated National Museum. Here you’ll also find the two famous Riace bronzes. Stroll along the scenic waterfront and enjoy the view of Sicily and the Aeolian Islands. On clear days you can catch a glimpse of Mount Etna. In the afternoon you’ll visit the fishing village of Scilla. According to the legend, this is where Odysseus fought against the monster Scylla and the enchanted princess still lives below the fort. The little Venice of Calabria will enchant you as you stroll through the old fishing district of Chianalea. Marvel at the small fishing boats that stand in front of every house instead of cars, and learn more about the swordfish that is caught from May to August. Enjoy a tasty ice cream on one of the inviting terraces, where you can admire the stunning views.

From Tropea: Panarea & Stromboli

8. From Tropea: Panarea & Stromboli

Experience the beautiful Panarea and Stromboli islands on this boat excursion from Tropea. Pass an afternoon cruising on the water, exploring the rich nature of the islands, and admiring Sciara del Fuoco lava foundations. Meet in Tropea harbor for embarkation and then you will head towards the island of Panarea, the smallest of the Aeolian islands. Disembark at the port of San Pietro and discover Panarea's magic. During your free time, wander around the village and enjoy the beautiful atmosphere of the island. For those who wish, it is possible to reach the small prehistoric village or swim in the area of Cala Junco. Walk for around 45 minutes to reach these two destinations or feel free to hire a taxi. Continue your boat trip along Basiluzzo, the largest islet of Panarea, before reaching the port of Stromboli. When the sun goes down, cruise around the islet of Strombolicchio to reach Sciara di Fuoco where you will admire some spectacular eruptions of Stromboli.

Calabria Spicy Half-Day Tour: Tropea/Capo Vaticano

9. Calabria Spicy Half-Day Tour: Tropea/Capo Vaticano

This entertaining half-day tour is an absolute must for every visitor to Calabria. In the early afternoon, head to the legendary Capo Vaticano. This is the most beautiful lookout point on the Tyrrhenian Coast with its small white lighthouse, which is still in use and guides the ships on their ways to the Aeolian Islands. A small panoramic trail leads you past giant prickly pear trees. An incredible view awaits you at the end, a picture-perfect postcard image: the view over the seven Aeolian Islands, which lie like pearls on a string. Look out at the strait that divides Calabria and Sicily. This place gives you the chance to take unforgettable vacation photos, while becoming completely enchanted. The Calabrians tell tales of why this is such a special place. The legend talks about enfolding beautiful Canfora in a Turkish blue robe, to quell the Saracens and lengthen their freedom. Because of this, the water is a unique Turkish blue and as clear as the Caribbean, even in sandy coves. And now comes the spicy part of the tour. Traditional Calabrian specialties await you. Experience Calabria with all your senses and try the "'Nduja" of Calabria, a sausage made with pepperoncino, as well as fine pasta with fresh olives and herbs with fresh bread, and the gold of Calabria, the lovely olive oil, and of course a glass of wine. End the tour on a high note as your tour guide leads you from the pearl of Calabria to the little coastal town of Tropea, which sits high on the cliffs. Experience the Dolce Vita between the old Italian alleyways and the Palazzos full of pomp and gorgeous entryways. Inhale the aroma of fresh espresso in cafes and diverse herbs that can be found in the little corner shops.

Calabria: Hiking Day Trip in Capo Vaticano with Lunch

10. Calabria: Hiking Day Trip in Capo Vaticano with Lunch

Explore the Calabrian countryside with a local guide on this half-day tour. Admire sea views at the Capo Vaticano viewpoint and visit the old mills in the commune of Spilinga. Be picked up from your accommodation or a meeting point in Zambrone, Tropea, or Capo Vaticano. Sit back and relax on the way to the starting point of the hike. Climb up 60 meters to enjoy sweeping views of the coast at the Capo Vaticano viewpoint. Continue to the commune of Spilinga and take in the beauty of the lush Calabrian countryside. Stroll through wooded areas down to the old mills. Hear about daily habits and lives of local residents as you explore the valley with your guide. Work up an appetite and head to a local farm. Sit under a graceful oak tree and savor an authentic Italian, farm fresh meal. Learn about the regional food and agriculture before returning to your pickup point.

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What people are saying about Tropea

Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 268 reviews

One of the best experiences, I've had on a boat. The crew is welcoming and kind for the three hour stop at numerous swim points along the stunning coast line. camraderie was shared with everyone on board: a cast of italians, americans and canadians. classic italian sea faring tunes and a local fate apertivo under the descending Calabrian sun, complete with nduja spread and tropean onions. not much to ask for for 40 dollars a person.

Wonderful experience with Commander Paolo, an expert navigator for more than 20 years! Highly recommended! Wonderful sea, friendly, kind staff, who will thrill you with stories about the history of Tropea and its surroundings. We were served with chips and various drinks, combined with dips in the beautiful waters of the Costa degli Dei. Definitely to be redone.

The tour was totally worth it even though the ferry ride is long... the ferry was beautiful and well stocked. The only suggestion I have is to make sure the guide doesn't forget to translate to English. The guide forgot to speak in English several times and she was supposed to do it.

It was a lot of fun, everything was super organized, I can only recommend it

Everything was super well organized, very nice trip. We can recommend it.