The 10 Best Things to Do in Province of Vibo Valentia, Italy

August 12, 2017 Weston Hennigan

The province of Vibo Valentia (Italian: provincia di Vibo Valentia) is a province in the Calabria region of southern Italy, set up by a national law of 6 March 1992 which came into effect on 1 January 1996, and formerly part of the Province of Catanzaro. Its capital is the city of Vibo Valentia and its vehicle licence plate code is VV. The province has an area of 1,139 square kilometres (440 sq mi) (7.6% of the total surface of Calabria), and a total population of 168,894 (ISTAT 2005); the city Vibo Valentia has a population of 35,405. There are 50 comuni (singular: comune) in the province, see list of communes of the Province of Vibo Valentia.
Restaurants in Province of Vibo Valentia

1. Creazioni Artistiche Il Faro

Via Pietro Ruffo di Calabria, 9, 89861 Tropea, Italy +39 338 945 7304
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5 based on 196 reviews

Creazioni Artistiche Il Faro

Animated representation of Tropea in Miniature. free admission for all. Do not miss the beautiful attraction that reminds us of the ancient crafts lost.

Reviewed By preglad - New York

It was by total accident that we chanced upon a decent sized store in Tropea which featured zipper bags at a great price for about half the price we'd seen all over southern Italy for almost a month before. After purchasing one for our granddaughter we ambled inside to pay. Here we saw the awesome mechanical collection of various charming old world Italian workers manipulating their individual crafts.
I recalled seeing pictures of these on Tripadvisor months before while researching our three month trip and calling my wife's attention to their warmth. Now I chanced upon them in person and learned the young owner's father had put many years into making each one individually before he retired from production. (A sweet older lady pouring wine for an older man we almost bought among so many options at great prices) .
With much difficulty we settled for a pizza maker at his oven placing pies un the furnace for E 25. In New York that would easily get close to triple that price, and make great presents or advertisements for shop owners in similarly accommodating businesses. All we need to showcase the delightfully charming piece is a convertor for a few dollars once home.
A great bit of fun and tremendous keepsake from a master craftsman at a terrific price! Grazie tanto!

2. Spiaggia Paradiso del sub

Contrada Zambrone Scalo SNC, 89868 Zambrone, Italy +39 389 929 6009
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4.5 based on 438 reviews

Spiaggia Paradiso del sub

Reviewed By locomotore - Nasushiobara, Japan

The locals call this beach "La Marinella", and it is separated from the main beach of Zambrone by a cliff (lo scoglio del leone - the lions's cliff): you can thus reach it via sea or by climbing the hill to the railway station and then go down through a narrow and sometimes steep path.
Do it and you'll be rewarded with one of the most beautiful Beaches of Italy, and for that matter, of the world (at least the one I know).
It is a tiny patch of land, thankfully know by not so many people, so you can sunbathe and swim nature. No services available, so bring your umbrella, chairs and beverages/food.
Go there, and you'll know the meaning of paradise on hearth.

3. Michelino Beach

Strada Statale 522 SNC, 89861 Parghelia, Italy
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4.5 based on 281 reviews

Michelino Beach

Reviewed By krzyk - Poland

The beach is small, the sand is not the smallest possible, but the beach is very nice. There aren't too many people there so it makes it even better.
There are a lot of stairs to take before you go to the beach so if you are not in good health you need to reconsider. (although I saw a lot of older people there)

4. Spiaggia di Riaci

Localita' Santa Domenica di Ricadi, 89866, Ricadi, Italy +39 389 929 6009
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4.5 based on 355 reviews

Spiaggia di Riaci

Reviewed By EllieGrapesoda - Winnipeg, Canada

We spend a month in the area every summer and have visited most of the Beaches. This is by far our favourite beach. With teenagers there is an abundent amount to do - Cliff jumping, great food available, water sports (boat rentals, kayaks, paddle boats and tubing), as well as the clearest blue water you can imagine. Umbrellas and chairs are available for rent, but there is also room to bring your own if you are not interested in spending the money on renting. In peak season you have to arrive by about 9:30, or you likley won't find parking - but this beach is truly heaven on earth.

5. Tropea Beach

Marina di Tropea, 89861 Tropea, Italy +39 389 929 6009
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Tropea Beach

Reviewed By gabbie83 - Maspeth, New York

This beach is absolutely breathtaking. We stayed in Tropea for 3nights not realizing that it was a long weekend for Italians (Aug15) and all of Italy was in Tropea, so the beach was pretty packed but we somehow managed to get an umbrella and chairs for 25euros, they even gave out watermelons one day. The beach has lots of pebbles so if you are considering walks on the beach I️ recommend water shoes, we survived without :) the first day we had lots of waves but the other two the beach was calm and my daughters had a blast.
There are many restaurants/bars near the beach so we enjoyed the Italian beers and meals daily.

6. Capo Vaticano

Capo Vaticano SNC, 89866 Capo Vaticano, Ricadi, Italy +39 389 929 6009
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4.5 based on 929 reviews

Capo Vaticano

Capo Vaticano, the last strip of land before the Straits of Messina, thrusts dramatically from the sea, its white rocks battered and eroded by centuries of breakers that have taught sailors to respect and fear this fascinating, almost mysterious place. Capo Vaticano its majestically enthroned in a turquoise sea, as it dominates the archipelago of the Aeolian Islands to the north-west, the Gulf of to the north-east, to the south-west the Gulf of Gioia Tauro and, beyond, the Straits of Messina culminating in Mount Etna.This part of Calabria, overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea, contains the ancient fascination of a thousand years of history. The sea that caresses the snow-white Beaches and the wildness of the rocks make visitors lose their sense of time, as it conceals beneath its waves the secrets of ancient shipwrecks, the relics of which have frequently been discovered. Life in the area is dominated by fishing; its waters are visited by the great swordfish, tuna, blue sharks etc.

Reviewed By jimbo2006 - Bury St Edmunds, England

We went on May 1 when everywhere was closed and found this little bar down by the lighthouse open which was a delight as it was raining. Very friendly, nice snacks and an old man sold us some tomatoes which we needed. We bought some farm wine on the way back for 3 euros a litre but it was a bit thin and sharp. We improved it by adding a little grappa to each glass and by then it was quite potent! Capo Vaticano is not well signposted and we ended up in the adjacent bay the first time so it can take a while to track it down. Nice views when you get there and lovely colors.

7. Santuario Santa Maria dell'Isola

Via Marina Dell Isola SNC, 89861 Tropea, Italy +39 347 254 1232
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4.5 based on 834 reviews

Santuario Santa Maria dell'Isola

The Sanctuary of Santa Maria dell'Isola is located in Tropea ( VV ) . It has medieval origins and is the emblem of the city.

Reviewed By Jean C - Doncaster, United Kingdom

We loved climbing the steps to look at this beautiful restored building. A lot of information to take in. Fabulous views all around. Gardens to walk around too. A little shop selling souvenirs, a drinks machine outside.
It's only open certain hours - so you need to check.
Small charge to get in.

8. Piedigrotta Church

An der Strasse SS 522, Pizzo, Italy +39 347 347 2615
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4.5 based on 813 reviews

Piedigrotta Church

Reviewed By Salgari7777 - Rome, Italy

This church is a pleasant surprise, as it is very interesting. It was dig on the rock and the material obtained was used to creates statues to form various thing (such as a nativity scene). It is in front of the sea and well served by a parking place.

9. Tropea

89861 Tropea, Italy +39 389 929 6009
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Tropea

Reviewed By Alec D - Seattle, Washington

Tropea is an interesting place to visit. The Beaches are/were the highlight of our visit. The water is beautiful and warm. Parts of the old town are beautiful, but it is definitely a "touristic" beach town. Compared to other cities in Italy the food is just OK...our best meals were the ones we made ourselves. Most restaurants cater to a different sensibility then my own. Which is typical for many beach towns around the world.

10. Insediamento Rupestre e Museo della Civilta Rupestre e Contadina

Via Indipendenza, 89867 Zungri, Italy +39 377 441 9886
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4.5 based on 98 reviews

Insediamento Rupestre e Museo della Civilta Rupestre e Contadina

Among the major historical and cultural evidence of the Poro promontory – geographical island consists of a bedrock of granite type, light soils and very fertile terraces sloping down towards the coast- jewel of mountain architecture located on a clifftop in Malopara stream valley, exposure to the southeast and an altitude between 515 and 430 m above sea level, the village of Sbariati in Zungri is a settlement entirely carved in the sandstone, whose origin, actually, remains unknown, although we can hypothesize the existence since medieval times and not be ruled out that the oldest part still wait to come to light. Made with great technical and functional mastery and an ingenious use of natural resources, the site shows to visitors dozens of caves, designed for use residential and productive activities (Mills), three sources, an efficient resource management water (Tacks, pipeline systems) and an articulated internal road network – made up of stairways and paths- and external, connecting the settlement to the plain above – where today stands the modern village of Zungri – and the fertile farmland of the valley. All it obtained from wise processing of the bedrock. Testimony charming, and in many ways still enigmatic, local history and memory of the peoples of the Mediterranean, the village of Sbariati in Zungri is for us, today, a socio-economic paradigm and a concrete model, historically produced and a healthy relationship creative between the human being and the surrounding environment. The museum of country life in Zungri, located near the entrance of the archaeological site, contains the testimony of a rural world not yet entirely disappeared, and handed down the memory of a civilization that has its roots in a millenary culture. Through a rich itinerary, ranging from domestic daily to work in the fields, from the crafts of artisans to the religious life, the visitor gets in touch with the rhythms of time and space concepts, family and conviviality of its Mediterranean culture. The Museum promotes educational and research activities, contributing to the cave habitat protection and enhancement of its cultural heritage. Near to the entrance of the rock settlement stands the church of our Lady of the Snow, in which is kept a sixteenth-century painting of great artistic value, depicting the Madonna and child, St. Elisabeth and St. John, better known as our Lady of the Snow, whose worship, ancient, is linked to the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome. In 2006 the church of Madonna della Neve become diocesan Marian Sanctuary, place of worship in the itineraries of Christian spiritualy in Calabria.

Reviewed By Aussielins - Taree, Australia

The museum was closed when we visited at the end of May, but we were still able to walk down to the grottes or caves which had been carved out of the soft limestone to create medieval homes. We were able to talk through a village of cave homes before going on a two-hour walk through farms and Forests down the hill and up the other side of the valley. The caves are well worth a visit as they are in relatively good condition and plentiful. Allow at least half an hour to walk to the caves (about 500m) and then around the village.

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