A 3 DAY ITINERARY TO EXPLORE TROPEA AND THE PROMONTORY OF THE PORO MASSIF
The pleasant mild temperatures, a triumph of fragrances, sounds and colours accompany the spring reawakening: this is the ideal season for enjoying the beauties of Calabria and appreciating its landscape and the local gastronomy in moments of vivacious stillness, away from the wintry sleepiness yet still distant from the summer crowds.
The Poro Promontory – with its high plateau, site of a protohistoric burial ground, with its shadowy woods that are the home of a rare prehistoric fern and its natural terraces that drop away to the sea with breath-taking views of the Gulf of Gioia Tauro and the Straits of Messina – is the geographical area of Tropea and makes up its hinterland, rich in agriculture and live-stock farming. The well-known and much appreciated ewe’s milk cheese, red onions and soft spicy sausage called ‘nduja come from here.
Tropea and its historical old town: noble mansions and churches, alleyways, sudden openings and panoramic viewpoints. The shrine of Our Lady of the Island which is the symbol of Calabria. Calabrese cuisine: traditional Tropean dishes at the “Ristorante da Cecè”.
Arrival in Tropea and settling in to the B&B “Camere da Cecè”. A walk round the historical centre to admire the old noble mansions and a visit to the Norman Co-Cathedral. Lunch based on traditional family dishes washed down with local wines.
More exploration of Tropea: the Church of Jesus, the Chapel of the Nobles, the remains of the city walls, Portercole Seat. Then a stroll to the panoramic viewpoints that look over the more suggestive panoramas of the old town. Evening meal based on fish at the Restaurant “Da Cecè”.
The village of Zungri: a masterpiece of cave dwelling architecture with dozens of caves. The abandoned hamlet of Papaglionti; a ghost village hidden behind brambles and ancient religious structures. The proof of Roman presence on the Poro – the Trisulina Cave at the top of a little hill surrounded by olive groves a place that is shrouded in mysterious legends and presences.
The historic-archaeological itinerary starts in Torre Galli on the Poro and goes on to the cave dwellings in Zungri with its Museum of Peasant Culture. Then on to the abandoned hamlet of old Papaglionti followed by the exploration of the Trisulina cave. Lunch in the hills with wine tasting of local Calabrian wines matched to local dishes.
Return to Tropea. Free afternoon to relax, go for a walk or go shopping.
Granite cliffs rising sheer from the sea, crystal clear waters and whitest of white sands, isolated little beaches and coves encircled by cliffs. To properly admire the coast around Tropea we propose an unforgettable boat trip: from the enchanting views of the Pizzuta rock (Parghelia) to the waters that stretch out in front of Torre Parnaso (Joppolo), going past the bay of Riaci, Formicoli Torre Marino, Santa Maria and Coccorino. Excellent gourmandise from the Poro: olive oil.
Boat trip leaving from the harbour in Tropea. Stopping off in some of the prettier coves. Picnic lunch in a cove selected during the trip.
The afternoon spent in discovering the excellent qualities of the gourmandise of the Poro: a visit to an olive press with the opportunity of savouring the quality olive oil. Then a visit to Nicotera to savour the “cremolata” before strolling round the Castle and viewing the Gulf of Gioia Tauro and the Straits of Messina. The day concludes with an evening meal in a farmhouse restaurant in the hills.