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Tropea is a small medieval town and seaside resort with impressive scenery in the region of Calabria, at the toe of the Italy boot, glows with an otherworldly beauty. Stretch of coastline on the Tyrrhenian Sea is called the Costa degli Dei or the “Coast of the Gods”. The Tropea area was inhabited from Neolithic times, and has been occupied, at various times, by the Arabs, Normans, Swabians, Anjous and Aragonese and attacked by Turkish pirates.

There is a legend that Tropea was founded by Hercules, when he returned after completing one of his labors. Hercules made Tropea one of his ports. Due to its peculiar position as terrace on the sea, Tropea played an important role during Roman, Norman and Aragonese times.

But historical records tells us about the African Publio Scipione, who returning back after Zama battle victory (202 BC), founded a city and offered it as a trophy of gratitude to the gods, from which the town took its name.

Because of Tropea sits on the cliff, be ready to climb upstairs, flights or if you have a car you can get around. This choice is appropriate, when you want to get to the sea, beach, port or Santuario. The center of town is easy to walk around. 

- Wikitravel

Image by Mesut Kaya

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