Sunday, January 30, 2011

Tropea to Reggio Calabria

We left Santa Domenica Talao during some "interesting" weather
This is a waterspout if you've never seen one--
Note the disturbance it's creating on the water below

If you remember your grammar school geography--The boot of Italy is kicking Sicily.
Reggio Calabria is doing the kicking and Tropea is under the line of clouds shown here on the top of the foot (where all the little bones are)

For two weeks we are in the city of Tropea attending the Piccola Universita the same language school that we attended in 2007. Since this is the off season, there are only 3 other students other than Di & Doug this week. 

Lonely Planet calls Tropea the loveliest area on the west coast of Calabria and it’s hard to argue against. We do miss the greetings we get in our home town. No constant buongiornos or buona seras here. Di plays a game trying to get folks to respond. The older folks do.

We’ve bumped into quite a few Americans here and there is a strong presence of Germans in the town and also at the language school. Many more restaurants and businesses are closed for the winter here compared to our area, or are just open weekends.
The famous point in Tropea.
The iconic structure on top is being restored.

A familiar gathering of the gents--no greetings from these guys, although we found a very friendly restaurant and pizzeria that we love to frequent so that makes up for a lot...
Here I am on our terrace at our student's apartment.*
Inside Pim's Restaurant--OK but not a fav
Great View though--(beware phone photo)
Stromboli (zoomed in) from the Terrace
Wednesday, the school took a van to the city of Reggio Calabria, two hours south, which is the southernmost point of the Italian peninsula. Di stayed in the apartment with Vince while Doug went to town. We visited the famous bronze statues of Riace which are being cleaned in the laboratory. The same location has many other fine artifacts on display, but cameras are not allowed. I did find these displays on the Corso di Garibaldi which is a lovely pedestrian way. Many of the historic sites and relics (all brought to Reggio) are Greek.
The women in the group took of shopping while I roamed with my Italian teacher speaking mostly Italian except when he asked about American cities that he’s learned by their basketball and American football teams. I loved the cleanliness of the corso and the architecture. It was fascinating to see the old and modern side by side at this moving sidewalk.

With a population of almost 200,000, Reggio is the largest city in Calabria and I didn’t have to drive! I did view Messina, Sicily across the Straights with the same name and realized I do have to drive there this Friday so we can spend the weekend in Siracusa (Syracuse). There is a good chance for dry weather which would be wonderful for playing the role of tourist….it has been cold and wet much of the week.
While in Reggio, I spent some time inside the Duomo of the city. It is a gorgeous building and it got us out of the rain for awhile: 

Ciao!(Sicily next week), Guido


  1. I love Tropea. I'm sorry to hear they are not more friendly. Thanks for the nice photos

  2. You''re welcome. Folks are friendly enough, just not into greeting strangers.

  3. Glad to see that there is more to Reggio than the little cafe by the ferry terminal. We got to Reggio just about in time to get the ferry to Sicily and missed all the good sites.

  4. Hi Gil, the Corso Garibaldi is a pleasant, quiet pendonale with good shopping if you are into that. As you know, stylish clothes can be horribly expensive here. I spotted a men's scarf on sale for 95€ and a nylon coat that would be about $90 in the US was marked down from 500€ to 350€!! Oh, Friday we used the ferry from Villa S Giovanni, so avoided the Reggio traffic. That's next week's post.

  5. I have not visited your region of Italy, partially because I am so enamoured with Umbria, where I live part-time. I have started blogging and am a novice at letting people know I am there. My blog is at

    Thanks for checking it out when you can. It's lonely out here in cyberspace.

  6. yes, it can be. It can also be very rewarding. Welcome, Constance.



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