Puglia, Basilicata, and Calabria Sights

Santa Maria dell'Isola

  • Largo Marina dell'Isola Map It
  • Tropea
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Published 06/07/2016

Fodor's Review

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 cliff side, 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. The inside of the church is unadorned, but visitors can climb up to the roof to admire the splendid view or wander through the pleasant garden set on the rocks behind the building. The beach below the rock has been classed among the 10 most beautiful beaches in Italy.

Sight Information

Address:

Largo Marina dell'Isola, Tropea, Calabria, 89861, Italy

Map It

Phone:

347-2541232

Sight Details:

  • Church free, garden €1

Published 06/07/2016

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