The Cliffside Town of Tropea

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Tropea is a seaside resort located in the region of Calabria, in the south of Italy. With dramatic cliffs overlooking a crystal clear blue sea and sunny beaches, Tropea is a famous bathing place. Although it is not particularly well-known to English-speaking travellers, Tropea is popular with Italians. On a clear day you can easily see the volcanic island of Stromboli from the waterfront promenade and it is possible to book a boat trip over there for the day.

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Legend has it that Tropea was founded by Hercules, when he returned after completing one of his 12 labors. Historical records, instead, tells us about the African Publio Scipione, who returning victoriously from the Battle of Zama (202 BC), founded a city and offered it as a trophy of gratitude to the gods for the victory, from which the town took its name.

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