The sanctuary of Santa Maria dell'Isola is the symbol of Tropea, and it is easy to see why. Perched high on a rocky promotory and accessible only by a winding flight of stone steps cut into the cliffside, it dominates the view over the sea from Piazza Ercole, the main town square. Believed to date from the 4th century AD, it has been rebuilt many times and took its present form in the 18th century after it was damaged by an earthquake. Reopened in August 2014 after nine years restoration, it is now accessible to visitors. The beach below the rock has been classed among the ten most beautiful beaches in Italy.
Lungomare A Sorrentino, Tropea, Calabria, 89861, Italy