If you fancy heading a bit further afield, why not venture outside of the city walls for a walk amidst the surrounding and fragrant citrus groves and vineyards, or even hop aboard a boat for a cruise out to the distant islands? Whilst geographically closer to Sicily than mainland Italy, there are in fact many one-day excursions from Tropea to the volcanic Aeolian Islands, which are named after the demi-god of the winds Aeolus (from classical mythology) and are considered some of the most beautiful islands on the Mediterranean.
Geographers may be particularly interested in heading to Vulcano, the small volcanic island famous for its smoking craters, sulphurous fumes, therapeutic mud baths and hot springs, whereas historians may prefer to hop over to Lipari. The largest of the Aeolians (and often most popular) the island of Lipari boasts a main town of the same name, which is bursting with antiquarian architecture for you to explore.
Start off at the Citadel, which was constructed after the infamous pirate Barbarossa rampaged the island in 1544, and then head to the Cattedrale San Bartolomeo to admire it’s 17th Century Baroque architecture.
After a full day of exploring, you can head back across the greeny-blues seas to your mainland oasis in Tropea, for a tasty pizza, gelato, and finally a glass of wine on the terrace of La Dolce Vita, where you may catch a glimpse of the islands you have been exploring all day in the distance.