Il Convento della pietà
Il Convento della pietà
Located in the oldest part of Tropea right in front of Santa Maria dell’Isola, Il Convento has the best view in town: by staying in here you have the possibility to live the experience of a lifetime in a fantastic atmosphere that will remain forever in your memories.
Its origin dates back XVI century, but it seems that its foundations are much older, probably back to the Roman times.
The Convent has a fascinating history: for a long time it has been the house of “Suore della Clarissa” and during the second world war it has been a barracks.
After being used as a hospital and even as a movie theatre, in 1987 it has been restored and renovated by a group of friend. While keeping its beauty and original charme, the Convent has become the perfect place to stay in a peaceful and pleasant location while visiting Tropea.
In its lovely courtyard there are the entrance to the exclusive apartaments SOLE and LUNA, placed on the cliff in front of the sea. These apartments have been restored with rustic simplicity from two famous Italian architects: Nanda Vigo and Luigi Giffone.
Tropea stands on an imposing sandstone crag, in a magnificent position between the Gulfs of Sant´Eufemia and Gioia Tauro, and represents one of the most picturesque and artistically interesting centres in Calabria.
It has very ancient origins, indeed, its area has conspicuous traces of prehistoric settlement and evidence of Greek and Roman presence.
Nowadays Tropea is an exclusive seaside resort that also boasts a modern tourist and fishing harbour. The town also has one of the prettiest and best-preserved historic centres in the region.
The town, considered the real capital of the Capo Vaticano area, offers the eleventh-century Norman cathedral, the churches of St. Francis of Assisi and Santa Maria della Neve, as well as the highly fascinating church of Santa Maria dell´Isola, that stands at the foot of the town, on a small finger of land projecting into the sea.
From the viewpoint of the terrace where the oldest part of the town lies, the clear and extraordinarily blue sea breaking on splendid cliffs trimmed with white beaches and indented with coves, can be admired. The extraordinary sea bottom of this area earned it the name “La Costa degli Dei”.
All around are fertile undulating hills covered with extensive citrus fruit and olive plantations and vineyards.
Tropea, in fact, is an active farming centre, famous for the excellent quality of its food produce. Among the narrow street of the historical center several intimate restaurants in the open air offer final local cuisine.
Imagine the best food of your life and forget about dieting!
- Cipolla Rossa (red onion): the most tipycal and known product of Tropea all around the world, it gives an extra touch of flavour to any dish: used raw it gives salad a kick, as well as accompanying tuna fish and tomatoes with a drizzle of oil. A very tasty recipe is the “risotto with the red onion”.
- Fileja: the typical Calabrian pasta, perfect with tomatoes sauce, red onion and ‘nduja
- ‘Nduja (finely ground spicy pork sausage): if you are in for spicy flavours then you’ll get crazy for ‘Nduja. Almost every restaurant in Tropea uses ‘nduja as starter or as a relish in some course.
- Surici: every Italian region has its special plate and Tropea makes no difference: Surici are little fishes characterstics of this sea area which are served breaded and fried.
- Tartufo (truffle) di Pizzo: the most famous artisan ice cream produced in Pizzo, if you like chocolate it’s a must. Another sweet treat to try, always from Pizzo is the Nocciola imbottita, an amazing hazelnut semifreddo which will leave you mouth open.