The territory tropeano shows very small, in fact, with only 3.59 km ² is located at 7805 º place in the Italy area and even to 195 degrees for population density. Its morphology is very special, it is divided into two parts: the upper part, where the majority of the inhabitants, and is where then the daily life of the country and a lower part called "La Marina" which is located in close the sea and the port of Tropea. The city, the upper part, is built on a rock overlooking the sea at a height of approximately 50 meters above sea level, the lowest point and 61 meters at its highest point.
The story begins in Roman times when Tropea coast Sextus Pompey defeated Caesar Octavian. To the south of Tropea, the Romans had built a commercial port, near St. Sunday, at Formicoli (ie corruption of Forum of Hercules), mentioned by Pliny and Strabo.
You want it to have been founded by Hercules, returning from Spain (Pillars of Hercules), stood on the Costa degli Dei, and according to legend, Tropea became one of the ports of Hercules. Due to its characteristic position on the sea terrace, Tropea played an important role, both in Roman times and under the Normans and the Aragonese. In the surrounding areas have been found in tombs of origin instead of Magna Graecia.
Known seaside resort on the Tyrrhenian Sea to the southwest of Vibo Valentia and north of Capo Vaticano, a Franciscan monastery of considerable importance and the Norman cathedral of 1100. Of particular interest to the old town, with the palaces of the '700 and'' 800 perched on a cliff overlooking the beach below.
Interesting are the "portals" of the buildings which were the noble families, some are equipped with large cisterns dug into the rock, which were used to collect the grain from the Monte Poro, and then was loaded with clay carried in ships that were moored in the cliff of Tropea. January 29, 2012 sponsored by the City of Tropea was inaugurated the registered office with a permanent exhibition of models Railway by the "Group Fermodellistico Tropeano" in the Municipal Library "Albino Lorenzo."
You can also visit the private museum of ancient crafts of Calabria and automatic machines. Tropea shops sell lots of products and crafts typical of the surrounding municipalities, including red onion, nduja Spilinga, cheese Pecorino del Poro, the extra virgin olive oil and wines. Of great importance also local crafts, such as handmade terracotta.
Tropea has a marina recently built, from where you can reach the Aeolian Islands in particular the Stromboli volcano, almost always visible from the southern Tyrrhenian coast of Calabria. According to the online version of the Sunday Times (14 January 2007), Tropea is the most beautiful of the 20 best beaches in Europe.