Things to do in Calabria

Our most recommended things to do in Calabria

From Tropea: Stromboli, Lipari, Vulcano Guided Day Tour

1. From Tropea: Stromboli, Lipari, Vulcano Guided Day Tour

Set sail from Tropea on a guided day trip to the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Aeolian Islands of Stromboli, Lipari, and Vulcano. Explore stunning black sand beaches, swim in the shadow of Mount Stromboli, stroll through charming old towns, and discover picturesque sea views. Start your adventure from the Port of Tropea and meet your friendly guide and group for the day. Cruise on the Tyrrhenian Sea for two hours until you see the Aeolian Island of Stromboli's beautiful coastline on the horizon. Set foot on Stromboli and discover the traditional village of San Vincenzo with white houses and Aeolian architecture. Enjoy your free time with the chance to walk along charming streets, admire Mount Stromboli, or go swimming at the seafront's black sand beaches. Cruise to Lipari, the largest of the islands with so much to discover. Go sightseeing at the Acropolis and Lipari Cathedral or listen to the peaceful sounds of the ocean at Marina Corta and Marina Lunga. If you're looking for tradition, head to the historic center. Travel just a few hundred meters south to the island of Vulcano. Admire the jets of steam from the volcano said to be the mythological home of Hephaestus and trek along the volcanic trail to be blown away by the views from the crater.

From Tropea: Panarea and Stromboli Islands Boat Tour

2. From Tropea: Panarea and Stromboli Islands Boat Tour

Take an insightful adventure to two unique Aeolian Islands as you travel by boat from Tropea. Discover the quaint streets and shops of Panarea's historic center and stop at the active volcano on Stromboli, then explore the exotic black sand beaches and the local village. Depart from the port of Tropea and navigate toward Panarea while taking in the open ocean views. Disembark at San Pietro and explore the town's center. Walk through ancient streets filled with stores and restaurants, and reach the small Church of San Pietro, the island's patron. If you'd like to see even more of the island, you can take a cab over to the prehistoric village of Capo Malattese and the famous beach of Cala Junco, just a few minutes away. Alternatively, book an extra tour to the uninhabited local coves and islets. Leave Panarea behind and head over to Stromboli for an exciting visit to the active volcano with black sand beaches. Reach the charming village of San Vincenzo, and enjoy some free time before hopping back on board to watch the sunset over the volcano's Sciara del Fuoco.

From Tropea: Capo Vaticano boat tour with snorkel & aperitif

3. From Tropea: Capo Vaticano boat tour with snorkel & aperitif

Enjoy a unique cruise experience as you not only discover the exterior landscape but also the underwater scenery on a snorkeling and boat trip. Sail away on a journey through traditional towns, stunning beaches, caves, and rock formations, before reaching the rocky Capo Vaticano. Take off from the port of Tropea and admire the towns and beaches of Rotonda and Marina dell’Isola from the water. Pass by the Palombaro Cave and enjoy a live commentary on local history and relevant information regarding the natural scenery.  On board you will experience the Italian summer spirit with music, dancing, and an included aperitif. Continue your journey past Skeleton Cave, Riaci Bay, the submerged port of Hercules Harbor, the rocks of Formiche, and the major Roman Empire port of Forum Erculis. Navigate around the quiet Praia di Fuoco, only accessible by boat, and see the astonishing Mantineo Rock and the Cave of Love. Up next, arrive at Grotticelle Bay, close to Capo Vaticano, and discover its white sandy seabed with a chance to swim and snorkel among a variety of fish. During your 30-minute say there you can enjoy some local aperitif and snacks on board, then you will head back to Tropea Beach. Before returning to the port you will see the Palombo Cave and the Rotonda beaches and go for one more swim.

From Tropea: Full Day Lipari, Panarea, & Stromboli Boat Trip

4. From Tropea: Full Day Lipari, Panarea, & Stromboli Boat Trip

Go on a trip to Lipari, Panarea, and Stromboli by speedboat. Hop on board in Tropea and enjoy the ride to the various islands, taking in the sites at each stop. Get a taste for Aeolian life and see typical streets, shops, and nature.  Begin by meeting your guide at the Port of Tropea in the morning. After a short boat ride, arrive at your first stop in Lipari, the biggest, most populated of the islands. Visit the Basilica of San Bartolomeo and the Castle of Lipari.  Have the option to go on a boat tour of the area for an additional cost. Next, continue on to San Pietro, Panarea. Explore the island for a few hours, passing through the winding streets full of shops, clubs, and restaurants. Pass by Capo Milazzese and the famous beach of Cala Junco. Visit the charming village of San Vincenzo and discover more traditional restaurants and shops. Come face to face with Mount Stromboli, said to be one of the most active volcanoes on earth, where small explosions can be felt every half an hour. Head back to the boat and circumnavigate Strombolicchio. Stop under the volcano to admire the Sciara Del Fuoco. As night falls and the evening approaches, return to Tropea on the boat.

Tropea: Capo Vaticano Cruise with Snorkeling and Aperitif

5. Tropea: Capo Vaticano Cruise with Snorkeling and Aperitif

Enjoy a fantastic cruise from the port of Tropea to Capo Vaticano on board the Blue Ocean. Visit 3 stunning bays, snorkel among brightly colored fish, and sip on a glass of delicious Calabrian wine. Board your ship at Tropea and begin a magical journey. Throughout the cruise, you can tune in to your audio guide and learn about the myths and legends of the area, including the fascinating tales of Hercules. Pass by the stunning Grotta Dello Scheletro and the Grotta Azzurra, snapping photos as you cruise past. At Riaci Bay, see the famous Riaci rock and learn how two WWI torpedos created this iconic cave. Sail past Formicoli and its ancient Roman ruins, the Forum Erculis. Marvel at the beautiful beaches of Praia di Focu and the unique rock formations of Matineo and the Cave of Love. At Grotticelle Bay, enjoy a 30-minute dip in the clear blue water, where you can swim among the fish. After toweling off, nibble on bruschetta with a sublime glass of local wine. Continue to Tropea Beach, where you can take great photos of the town from the sea and swim in front of the Grotta del Palombaro and the beaches of the Rotonda. Return to the port refreshed and having experienced the beauty of Italy's coast.

From Tropea: Stromboli, Panarea, Lipari Guided Day Tour

6. From Tropea: Stromboli, Panarea, Lipari Guided Day Tour

The Aeolian Islands are natural wonders to be discovered and the best way to do it is undoubtedly by boat. Take part in a mini-cruise to the Aeolian Islands to get an overview of these splendid islands, each one different from the others, and in just one day, you will be able to grasp the peculiarities of each island. Wind and sun have forged the character and identity of the islanders. A sea still full of fish and clean, caves and very high cliffs, stacks, and beaches with fine black sand, solfataras and mountains of white pumice, and all the charm of the island's environments. Despite the vicissitudes of history and the changes imposed by the modern world, this identity has survived with its customs and traditions. The archipelago of the Aeolian Islands, north of the Sicilian coast, in the province of Messina, was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2000. Seven islands of volcanic origin some of which there is still a fair amount of volcanic activity. The largest island is Lipari, followed by Salina. The smallest, Panarea, is also the most exclusive island, preferred by VIPs. Stromboli, thanks to the intense volcanic activity of "Iddu" has seen a strong increase in tourism in recent years. Vulcano remains a very popular island both for the spa and for the tourist attractions. Finally, Filicudi and Alicudi, west of the archipelago and close to Palermo, are the islands for lovers of nature and tranquility. Alicudi does not circulate vehicles and is characterized by a wild and uncontaminated territory, ideal for a perfect Sicilian mix of beach holidays and trekking.

Airport Transfers between Lamezia Terme and Parghelia-Tropea

7. Airport Transfers between Lamezia Terme and Parghelia-Tropea

Traveling from the airport to your hotel can be stressful. Let us take all the work out of your transfer as we collect you from Lamezia Terme Airport and drive you to your destination in or around Parghelia-Tropea. Bristakia operates between the Tropea area and the most important airports in Calabria. This includes transfers to cities, villages, hotels and residences. Our fleet of air-conditioned cars and vans can cater for all of your transportation needs. Relax in the knowledge that your driver guide will already be waiting for you at the airport holding a poster marked with the Bristakia logo and your name. Our professional English-speaking drivers have a good knowledge of the landmarks, highlights and key destinations of the Tropea region, offering you not only a comfortable but informative start to your holiday in Southern Italy.

Tropea: Private Tour with Skipper to Capo Vaticano

8. Tropea: Private Tour with Skipper to Capo Vaticano

Depart from the port of Tropea and sail along the beautiful coastline of Calabria. Stop underneath the Church Sanctuary of “Saint Maria dell’ Isola di Tropea”, which is built on a cliff overlooking the glimmering Blue Sea. Visit the local “Blue Grotto” notable for its transparent waters. Arrive at “Formicoli”, a beach area that was once the location of an “Ancient Roman Port”. Stop alongside the beach and use the snorkeling gear provided to explore the underwater world. Arrive at the promontory of Capo Vaticano and admire the lighthouse located on this narrow spit of land. Visit the wonderful “white beach of Praia I Focu”, where you can swim or relax for a short time on the beach. Returning towards Tropea, make a final stop at the small Bay of Riaci for some more snorkeling before arriving back at the port.

Airport Transfers between Lamezia Terme and Pizzo Calabro

9. Airport Transfers between Lamezia Terme and Pizzo Calabro

Traveling from the airport to your hotel or vice versa can be stressful. Let us take all the work out of your transfer as we collect you from Lamezia Terme airport and drive you to your destination in or around Pizzo Calabro. Bristakia operates between the Tropea area and the most important airports in Calabria. This includes transfers to cities, villages, hotels and residences. Our fleet of air-conditioned cars and vans can cater for all of your transportation needs. Relax in the knowledge that your driver guide will already be waiting for you at the airport holding a poster marked with the Bristakia logo and your name. Our professional English-speaking drivers have a good knowledge of the landmarks, highlights and key destinations of the Tropea region, offering you not only a comfortable but informative start to your holiday in Southern Italy.

Lamezia Terme Airport Transfer to Capo Vaticano & Ricadi

10. Lamezia Terme Airport Transfer to Capo Vaticano & Ricadi

Take the stress out of your arrival in the Tropea area of southern Italy. Start your vacation with a private airport transfer from Lamezia Terme Airport to all major cities, villages, hotels and residences. Hop aboard as you are transported from the airport to the beautiful and picturesque towns of Capo Vaticano or Ricadi. Explore these idyllic areas, deep in the wonderful southern region of Italy. Our fleet of cars and vans can suit any of your transportation needs. All of our experienced drivers speak English and know their way around the major landmarks, highlights, and key destinations of the Tropea region. Leave the transportation part of your trip safe in our hands, and discover one of Italy's most beautiful areas as you desire. The transfers can also be arranged in the opposite direction at the end of your vacation.

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What people are saying about Calabria

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 565 reviews

It was excelent!! We booked the experience 15 mins before the departing time so we were nervous there would be a problem with that but there was none at all on the other hand, even though you know it’ll be fun from the moment you read the description of the activity, it ends up being even better. Captain Paolo and his team were super friendly and fun, the food was really good and not scarce at all (and neither were the alcoholic drinks haha), and the energy altogether was spectacular. And of course, the views of the city/mountains + the fish while you snorkel… we felt like we were in a movie on several occasions!! Very italian and dreamy experience. Thank you! Hopefully we can do it again some time.

Great Tour From a Tuscany tour guide I can say that it was a great boat tour. Three hours sailing through crystal clear waters with stops in the most beautiful bays. Possibility to swim surrounded by hundreds of fish, also on the boat you can find masks that you can use. The aperitif was abundant and rich with local products and drinks of all kinds. Captain Paolo very nice and the guide also gave interesting information.

one of the best boat trips we have had. 3 times we stopped for swimming and snorkling off the boat, which was great as the water was very warm. they laid on drinks and a small buffet and disco music. a great crowd of people and the crew were very good, although the communications were not in english.

A fantastic boat trip with a friendly and enthusiastic crew, pleasant music, sailing along the most beautiful spots and a nice dive in the warm, clear water three times.

Excellent tour. Highly recommended. Very helpful and informative guides and lovely food.