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Trupìa  (Sicilian)
Trápeia  (Greek)
Comune di Tropea
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View of the historic centre of Tropea
Location of Tropea
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Location of Tropea in Italy
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Tropea (Calabria)
Coordinates: 38°40′45″N15°53′55″E / 38.67917°N 15.89861°E / 38.67917; 15.89861 Coordinates: 38°40′45″N15°53′55″E / 38.67917°N 15.89861°E / 38.67917; 15.89861
Country Italy
Region Calabria
Province Vibo Valentia (VV)
Frazioni Marina
  MayorGiovanni Macrì (Forza Italia)
  Total3.2 km2 (1.2 sq mi)
60 m (200 ft)
 (30 November 2015) [2]
  Density2,000/km2 (5,200/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Tropeani (dialectal: Trupiani)
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code 0963
Patron saintSt. Madonna of Romania
Saint dayMarch 27
Website Official website

Tropea (Italian:  [troˈpɛːa] ; Calabrian : Trupìa; Latin : Tropaea; Ancient Greek : Τράπεια, romanized: Trápeia) is a municipality in the province of Vibo Valentia, in Calabria, Italy.


Tropea is a seaside resort with sandy beaches, located on the Gulf of Saint Euphemia, part of the Tyrrhenian Sea, on Italy's west coast and was named “Most beautiful village in Italy” for 2021. [3]


A legend suggests that the town was founded by Hercules when returning from his labours at the Pillars of Hercules (the modern-day Strait of Gibraltar). Graves of Magna Graecian origin have been found near Tropea.

Along Tropea's coast, Sextus Pompey defeated Octavius. The Romans built a commercial port in Formicoli, approximately 3 km south of Tropea.

Main sites

The beach as seen from Santa Maria dell'Isola. Beach in Tropea - Calabria - Italy - July 25th 2013 - 01.jpg
The beach as seen from Santa Maria dell'Isola.

The Virgin Mary of Romania

A painting of the Virgin Mary from around 1330 hangs in the Cattedrale di Maria Santissima di Romania, a church constructed in Tropea in the 12th Century. The painting is known as the Virgin Mary of Romania and is of Byzantine origin.

An unconfirmed story asserts that it was carried aboard a ship sailing from the Eastern Roman Empire, when the boat was driven into the port of Tropea by a storm. After repairing the damage, the captain tried to depart, but the ship could not leave the harbour. The bishop of the city, Ambrogio Cordova, dreamed repeatedly that the Virgin Mary was asking him to keep her in Tropea and to protect her. The bishop gathered officials and citizens and went to the ship, where they took the picture. As soon as the painting was brought to shore the ship allegedly left the town.

The Virgin Mary is said to have appeared to the bishop several times in his dreams, warning him of an earthquake that would devastate Calabria. On 27 March 1638 a bishop organised a penitential procession for the people from Tropea, which meant they were out of harm's way when the earthquake struck.

Other events have been attributed to the Virgin Mary's protection, including Tropea being spared from the worst of the 1783 Calabrian earthquakes and when six bombs fell on the town in Tropea in the Second World War, but failed to explode.


Tropea onions

Villages around Tropea produce red onions that are well-known in Italy. Cipolle di Tropea ("Tropea onions") have become a synonym in Italy for all red onions.

International relations

Tropea is twinned with:

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Panorama of Tropea from the Tyrrhenian Sea

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